The eagerly-anticipated CAF Champions League clash between Al Ahly and Esperance de Tunis finished in a thrilling 2-2 draw on Saturday night.
The result in the teams’ quarterfinal, first leg match at the Borg El Arab Stadium outside of Alexandria leaves the Tunisians as favourites heading into next weekend’s return clash.
Al Ahly claimed an early lead when Saad Samir converted from the penalty spot in the 12th minute to make it 1-0 to the Egyptian giants.
However, the Red Devils’ ascendancy was short lived: Esperance drew level just before the midway point of the first half, with Fosseni Coulibaly providing a fine finish to make it 1-1.
The half time break saw the teams level still level, with the Tunisians no doubt the happier of the two after scoring a valuable away goal.
And the Blood and Gold didn’t have to wait long for their second to arrive: just three minutes after the restart Ghailene Chaaleli netted to put the Tunis side 2-1 up.
Midway through the second half it was the Red Devils’ turn to mount a fightback, as they drew level through Walid Azaro in the 67th minute to bring the score to 2-2.
The return leg will be played next Saturday evening at the Olympic Stadium in Rades. The aggregate winners will face either Etoile du Sahel or Al Ahly Tripoli in the semifinals.