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Benefit Ahly in African decider

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 Tun...


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.

African large names again firing amid some surprises

  • Second spherical of qualifiers performed for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
  • Cameroon will host the match on 7-30 June subsequent yr
  • Largely profitable weekend for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia individuals

FIFA.com rounds up the highlights from Matchday 2 of the qualifying competitors for the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations, which takes place in Cameroon subsequent June. Whereas Africa’s Russia 2018 representatives fared effectively on the entire, there have been additionally one or two surprises, not least for the host nation of subsequent yr’s continental finals.

The highlights

  • Senegal, considered one of Africa’s Russia 2018 qualifiers, had been held to a 2-2 draw by Madagascar. Although 83 locations separate the perimeters within the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rating (Senegal lie 24th and Madagascar 107th), they’re now tied on 4 factors on the high of Group A.
  • It’s all sq. in Group F after two rounds of matches. Overwhelmed on the opening day in June, Ethiopia bounced again with a 1-Zero defeat of Sierra Leone, whereas Kenya noticed off Ghana by the identical scoreline.
  • Mauritania continued their sudden emergence with a second consecutive win in Group I. Appointed their coach in 2014, Corentin Martins is now reaping the rewards of his long-term planning, along with his costs transferring a step nearer to qualification after scoring twice in three minutes to beat Burkina Faso 2-Zero.
  • Comoros and Crvena Zvezda striker Ben Fardou Mohamed ensured a disappointing debut within the dugout for Cameroon’s new coach Clarence Seedorf and his assistant Patrick Kluivert, scoring his nation’s objective in a shock 1-1 draw. Regardless of the setback, the Indomitable Lions stay high of Group B, forward of Morocco, who bought their first factors on the board with a Three-Zero win over Malawi.

The objective

The scorer of a brace in Nigeria’s 2-Zero defeat of Iceland at Russia 2018, Ahmed Musa rounded off a tremendous workforce transfer with a thundering volley to place his aspect forward towards Seychelles. The Tremendous Eagles ran out Three-Zero winners to maneuver again into competition in Group E.


After eight matches and not using a victory,  Côte d’Ivoire lastly handle to win towards an African aspect in an official match. Their final three level got here in Three-Zero overcome Gabon within the qualifiers for Russia 2018. However since then, the Elephants have did not beat Gabon, Mali, Morocco, Namibia, Zambia, Uganda, Togo and Guinea.

The participant

Mohamed Salah refused to let two missed penalties have an effect on his type as Egypt cantered to a 6-Zero win over Niger. The striker, one of many three contenders for The Finest FIFA Males’s Participant award, was excellent as he contributed a brace to his aspect’s large win.

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