CAF Champions League Ahly 0 Wydad 0 As It Happened

CAF Champions League Ahly 0 Wydad 0 As It Happened
Al Ahly's midfielder Walid Soliman

by Samm Audu

Saturday Jul 16, 2016. 19:24

It has ended 0-0 and Ahly's chances of going through to the knockout stage of the Champions League as they are on a point after three matches

90 - Amr Gamal misses another chance for Ahly. It looks like it is now Mission Impossible for the Red Devils...

85 - Ahly Ultras still in full voice, they want a late goal at least...

84 - Will there be a late winner for Ahly now?

83 - Substitute Saleh Goma shoots at the Wydad goal from the edge of the box, but it misses not by much

81 - Meteb hits the sidenetting of Wydad, Ahly come close yet again!

79 -Ahly coach Martin Jol is throwing everything to get the win tonight but it remains Ahly 0 Wydad 0 with about 10 minutes to full time now

78 - Ahly make an attacking substitution as Emad Meteb comes in for Momen Zakaria to join Amr Gamal upfront

76 - Ahly keep pressing and win another corner

72 - It's end-to-end stuff now as Wydad striker Ondama delivers a dangerous cross into the box, but it is well dealt with by the Ahly defence

70 - Amr Sulaya is denied by Wydad goalie Laaroubi, but it remains Ahly 0 Wydad 0

68 - Moments later, Ondama sees his shot come off the Ahly post! It was a close shave for the home team

67 -Ahly's Amr Gamal has his shot from the top of the box blocked by the Wydad defenders. He tried to do everything on his own

65 - But it is Wydad who come close to scoring after a good combination play involving Elhaddad and Ondama but the Ahly defence give away a corner

57 - Ahly effort is chalked off for offside after Momen Zakaria finally taps home from close range

55 - Ahly continue to attack and even a penalty appeal is overlooked by the ref

52 - Wydad goalkeeper cuts out an Ahly cross as the home fans continue to push for a go-ahead goal

46 - Second half resumes and Sulaya crashes his effort against the Wydad sidenetting

HALFTIME: It's Ahly 0 Wydad 0 - The teams go into the dressing room on even keel. Ahly will be under added pressure in the second half to ensure they put away their chances if they are really to get a much-needed win tonight

45+1 - There will be two minutes of additional time in a game that is now evenly balanced

43 - We are closing in on half time and still no goal to celebrate even with the 10,000 Ultras making all the noise inside this impressive  arena in Alexandria

36 - The clock is ticking away and as Ahly have failed to score, Wydad have grown in confidence and are now threatening the Egyptians' goal

31 - Ahly change - Injured Antwi is replaced by Amr El-Sulaya

27 - Wydad come close to opening scores against the run of play after Elhaddad fires a shot at goal which does not miss by much

25 - It is still 0-0, Ahly have dominated but still have nothing to show for their dominance

20 - Hosts Ahly are still dominating this encounter but they need to crown all the endeavour with a go-ahead goal in a game they need to win to revive their flagging Champions League hopes

18 - Wydad go on the attack, but the Ahly defenders are alert to clear their lines after conceding a corner

13 - The Red Devils continue to press forward with Ghana star John Antwi's header missing target

10 - It is still Ahly 0 Wydad 0, but the home team have been the ones taking the game to the Moroccans

7 - Walid Soliman misses a sitter for Ahly from deep inside the box when he blasts his volley wide of the target. What a miss!!

6 - Ahly have taken the game to Wydad so far, but still no end product yet

1 - Kick-off after a minute's silence for Egypt legend Tarek Selim

Match venue is the impressive Borg Al Arab Stadium in the coastal city of Alexandria

Zesco beat ASEC 3-1 in another Group A clash earlier today to add more pressure on eight-time champions Ahly

Wydad, on the other hand, are very much on track for a place in the semis of the Champions after wins over Zesco and ASEC

Egypt goalkeeper Ekramy has been reinstated in the first team after poor form

Ahly Starting XI – Sherif Ekramy – Ahmed Fathi, Ahmed Hegazy, Rami Rabia, Sabry Rahil, Hossam Ashour, Hossam Ghaly, Momen Zakaria, Walid Soliman, Amr Gamal, John Antwi

Besides the poor run in the money-spinning stage of the Champions League, Ahly are heavily depleted following the celebrated departures of Ramadan Sobhi and Malick Evouna to Stoke City and China, respectively. Abdallah El-Said is also not available due to injury.

This is a must-win for Al Ahly after they lost their opening two group games to both Zesco United (Zambia) and ASEC Mimosas (Cote d’Ivoire)

Welcome to LIVE coverage of the CAF Champions League Group A clash between hosts Al Ahly from Egypt and Wydad Casablanca of Morocco

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