MATCH CENTRE

SUN 28 JUNE 2015, 22:00, CAIRO

3
VS
0

El-Saied stars as Ahly crush Espérance

by Staff Reporter

Mon June 29, 01:25

Al Ahly thrashed Espérance Tunis 3-0 in Suez on Sunday night, in their Group A opener of the 2015 Confederation Cup.

A brace from in-form attacking midfielder Abdallah El-Saied either side of half time and a late goal from substitute Moemen Zakareya earn the Egyptian giants the three points against their rivals.

While the Tunisians dominated the opening 15 minutes of the encounter, with Nigerian striker Emem Eduok causing many problems to the Red Devils’ defence, Ahly took the lead in the 20th minute through El-Saied following a poor clearance from Espérance centre-back Arbi Jabeur.

Walid Soliman came close to sending the locals into the break with a wider advantage, missing the target from the edge of the box, but El-Saied completed his brace just before the hour mark after some good work from Hossam Ghaly.

And despite defensive midfielder Hossam Ashour being sent off with twenty minutes remaining for an off-the-ball challenge, Ahly kept going forward with Walid Soliman and substitute Moemen Zakareya missing some clear opportunities.

However, the latter ultimately found the target on the stroke of full time to add to the visitors’ misery, just after Eduok nearly pulled a goal back for Espérance.

Ahly are now top of their Group A, ahead of Etoile Sportive du Sahel who managed a narrow 1-0 win over Stade Malien in Sousse on Friday evening.

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
AL AHLY ESPERANCE
Goalkeeper
13
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
29
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
26
Goalkeeper
22
Defender
23
Defender
6
Defender
20
Defender
2
Defender
26
4
Defender
24
Midfielder
19
Defender
3
Midfielder
5
Defender
12
Midfielder
16
28
Midfielder
25
20
Midfielder
27
Defender
17
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
25
Forward/Striker
9
Midfielder
4
Forward/Striker
22
Midfielder
30
Forward/Striker
28
Midfielder
18
Forward/Striker
21
Midfielder
19
7
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
11
Forward/Striker
20
Forward/Striker
14
Forward/Striker
8
Forward/Striker
15
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