Egypt’s Al Ahly took one step in direction of incomes a FIFA Membership World Cup UAE 2018 berth after they defeated Tunisian outfit Esperance de Tunis Three-1 within the first leg of the CAF Champions League Remaining.
Walid Soliman scored from the penalty spot within the 33rd minute earlier than Amr Elsolia doubled their lead within the 58th minute. Nevertheless, 5 minutes later it was Youcef Belaili’s flip to transform a spot kick, giving the guests a invaluable away purpose. Soliman struck one other penalty within the 77th minute to offer Ahly a two-goal cushion heading in to subsequent week’s essential second leg.
Over 60,000 followers packed out the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria to witness the continental decider between two of Africa’s historic sides.
Al Ahly’s veteran defender Ahmed Fathi needed to be substituted out of the match within the 22nd minute after struggling an harm.
Nevertheless, issues circled for the Egyptian membership ten minutes later when Walid Azaro was fouled by goalkeeper Moez Ben Cherifia within the penalty space; the choice was confirmed by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) evaluate, a primary in CAF Champions League Remaining historical past. Soliman scored the ensuing penalty kick, ending within the high left nook to offer the hosts the lead.
Ahly’s benefit was then doubled when Soliman despatched in a cross that the Esperance defenders didn’t clear and Elsolia tapped in a shot from shut vary.
The Tunisian aspect then modified the complexion of the tie 5 minutes later when Belaili was fouled by El Shenawy within the penalty space. He made no mistake with the chance, changing his penalty kick to the low, proper nook to offer his aspect a vital away purpose.
Soliman then scored the sport’s third penalty kick within the 77th minute after Azaro was fouled within the penalty space as soon as once more to offer Ahly a two-goal benefit forward of subsequent week’s second leg in Rades.