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SUN 17 SEPTEMBER 2017, 20:00

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Al Ahli fail to beat 10-man Sahel

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Sun September 17, 22:21

Al Ahli Tripoli and Etoile du Sahel drew 0-0 in the 2017 CAF Champions League quarter-final first-leg match at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Egypt on Sunday.

Tunisia's Sahel are scheduled to welcome Libyan giants Al Ahli in the second-leg match at the Stade Olympique de Sousse on Sunday, September 24.

The first-half was full of action with Sahel having adopted an aggressive approach against Al Ahli, who are not allowed to host their home matches in Libya due to security concerns.

Sahel defender Mohamed Konate was booked on the half-hour mark by Algerian referee Mehdi Abid Charef.

The visitors were then reduced to 10 men seven minutes before the half-time break.

Sahel's Brazilian centre forward Diogo Acosta, who had been lively for the visitors, was given a straight red card by Charef.

Al Ahli were unable to capitalize on their numerical superiority over Sahel and the score was 0-0 at half-time.

Muaid Ellafi, who has scored six goals for Al Ahli in this year's tournament, kept the Sahel defence very busy.

But the home could not seriously test veteran goalkeeper Aymen Mathlouthi in the Sahel goal-posts.

Saleh Al Taher, who was introduced in the second-half, had a chance to grab a late goal for A Ahli, but he missed the target.

Al Ahli were unable to score in the closing stages of the game and the match ended in a goalless stalemate.

Al Ahli (0) 0
Sahel (0) 0

Al Ahli: Nashnoush, Salama, Abboud, Ramadan, Mabidé, Aleyat, Ahmed, Khalleefah (Al Taher 53'), Al Ghanodi, Ablou (Salih Ali 77'), Ellafi.

Sahel: Mathlouthi, Abderrazzak (Lahmar 23'), Konaté, Brigui, Boughattas, Nagguez, Msakni (Marei 90') Trabelsi, Ben Amor, Acosta, Bangoura (Sfaxi 77').

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