WED 21 JUNE 2017, 21:00,


Al-Hilal stutter in Omdurman

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wed June 21, 23:24

Mohamed Bashir's late goal was not enough to give Al-Hilal Omdurman their first three points when they drew their CAF Champions League Group A tie 1-1 against Etoile Sportive du Sahel on Wednesday.

Although they came into the match eyeing their first win, the draw for the hosts means they have four points from as many matches at number three.

As they are yet to win in the group, Al-Hilal will now get ready to face a fellow Sudanese side, Al Merrikh, on Friday, 30 June.

Nabil Kouki's men were under pressure to claim a win and redeem their pride in the continental tournament, but they did not have a bright start in the match.

It was the visitors who dominated the proceedings as they threatened to score an early goal, but were not clinical upfront.

Although Kouki's men had more shots at goal, most of their attempts failed to trouble Etoile's goalkeeper Aymen Mathlouthi.

Despite both camps exchanging the ball possession, there were no goals in the opening half.

However, as opportunities were few and far between, Hubert Velud's men were at an advantage as they would welcome a point away.

On the other hand, with 10 minutes to go, the hosts were awarded a set piece, but they could not capitalise as the effort went wide.

Exactly with four minutes to go, defender Rami Bedoui found the back of the net for Etoile as he boosted their hopes of claiming the full three points.

However, the hosts pulled an equaliser in the injury time through Mohamed Bashir in the 91st minute as both sides shared a point apiece.

In the wake of this stalemate, the Tunisians still sit at number one in the group with eight points from four games so far – they will meet Ferroviario do Beria away on the 30th of June.

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