Egypt’s Al Ahly managed to sneak into the quarterfinals of the CAf Champions League after beating Cameroon’s Coton Sport 3-1 in a Group D game at the Borg el arab stadium in Alexandria on Saturday night.
Al Ahly will now play either Esperance or Mamelodi Sundowns (who are in action on Sunday) in the quarterfinals of the competition on the weekend of 8-10 September.
Al Ahly got off to the worst possible start on the night in front of their home fans after conceding as early as the 12th minute courtesy of an own goal from Ahmed Fathy, 1-0.
Coton Sport’s joy was short-live when Al Ahly equalised three minutes later thanks to a strike from Amr Gamal, 1-1.
Just after the half hour mark Al Ahly finally took the lead after a sustained period of pressure when Abdallah El-Said found the back of the net with a clinical finish, 2-1.
Amr Gamal scored his second goal of the game ten minutes into the second half after concluding a well-worked passing move with a fine strike, 3-1.
Coton Sport did not offer much in attack throughout the game and after scoring their third goal Al Ahly took their foot off the pedal and cruised to a comfortable win.
The win for Al Ahly, combined with Zanaco’s 1-0 loss to Wydad Casablanca (also on Saturday), sees Al Ahly finish second in the group with 11 points – the same as Zanaco but with a superior goal difference.
Wydad finish top of Group D with 12 points while Coton Sport exit the competition without a win in the group stages.