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Ismaily suffer away loss to Club Africain in Champions League dead rubber

Ismaily suffer away loss to Club Africain in Champions League dead-rubber

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Egyptian outfit Ismaily have ended their campaign with a 1-0 away loss to Tunisian side Club Africain.

The Ismailia-based side started the tournament with a 2-0 away loss to Congolese giants TP Mazembe, which was followed by a surprise 2-1 home defeat to Club African.

They were then disqualified from the competition following the fans’ riot in their club’s clash with the Tunisian side, however, the CAF decided to overturn their decision.

Their following three games saw them drawing 1-1 with Algeria’s Constantine in Egypt before suffering a late 3-2 loss in Algeria. They were officially knocked out of the tournament after a 1-1 home draw with TP Mazembe.

In the final round of the group-stages, they travelled to face Club Africain, with the game considered crucial for the Tunisian side, who needed to beat Ismaily and Constantine to hold Mazembe to reach the quarter-finals.

They managed to beat Ismaily thanks to a 75th-minute penalty, which was converted by Ghazi Ayadi, however, Mazembe beat Constantine 2-0 to advance alongside the Algerians into the next round.

Ismaily had a couple of clear-cut chances to score through Karim Bambo, but Aymen Mathlouthi and the post denied him on two occasions.

Following the results, Mazembe sit top of the group with 11 points, followed by Constantine and Club Africain with 10, but the Algerian side are ahead on goal difference. Meanwhile, Ismaily sit bottom with two points only from six games.

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