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Champions League: Al-Ahly win puts Esperance on the spot


Egyptians may run away with ninth success story!


By Timi Obafemi


A 3-1 win by Egyptian side, Al Ahly has put them one step up to claim their ninth African Champions League title, and on current form, it is really looking like this would almost inevitably happen!

The first leg tie of the two track finals event took place at Borg EL – Arab while the return leg encounter is scheduled for next week at the Stade Olympique de Rades in Tunisia.

The game was also historic in the sense that it was the first time that the newly activated VAR technology would be used in the African Champions League final.

The opening goal of the game was scored in the 34th minute after the referee ruled that there had been a foul on Walid Azaro by Cherifia. Responding, Soliman shot into the top corner of the net.

An otherwise very serious attempt to level up was abortive as Ghaylene Chaalali’s long range effort did a canon on the crossbar.

Al Ahly increased the tally through El Sulya in the 58th minute, who had taken up Soliman’s cross and passed through the Esperance defence before stretching the ball beyond the Esperance goal keeper.

Belaili gamely reduced the tally for the visitors in the 64th minute after being held down inside the box zone but Al Ahly returned in the 76th minute to take advantage of one more opening which made it the second goal of the encounter for game driver, Soliman.

Now the action heads for the Stade Olympique de Rades on Friday, 9th November, 2018 where the club champion of Africa would be crowned!

Will the Tunisians prove bookmakers wrong?

We wait.

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