Wydad hold Al Ahly in CCL final first-leg clash

Wydad hold Al Ahly in CCL final first-leg clash
epa05444318 Al-Ahly's Moamen Zakaria (L) vies for the ball with Wydad's Abdellatif Noussir (R) during their CAF Champions League group A stage football match between Egypt's Al-Ahly and Morocco's Wydad Casablanca at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, Morocco, on 27 July 2016. EPA/ABDELHAK SENNA

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Oct 28, 2017. 21:10

Al Ahly and Wydad Casablanca drew 1-1 in the 2017 CAF Champions League final first-leg clash at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Egypt on Saturday.

The second-leg encounter will be played at the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca next week Saturday.

Egyptian giants Al Ahly applied some pressure on the Moroccan side Wydad's defence in the opening stages of the match and they scored in the third minute.

Abdalla El Said set up Moamen Zakaria, who fired past Wydad goalkeeper Zouheir Laaroubi to make it 1-0 to Al Ahly.

But the Red Devils fans inside the Borg Al Arab Stadium were silenced in the 16th minute as the visitors equalized.

Achraf Bencharki headed home Mohamed Ounajem's delightful cross to make it 1-1 for Wydad with the Al Ahly defence exposed.

The momentum was with the Red Devils, who pressed the Kings of Titles with the half-time break fast approaching.

However, Wydad managed to contain Al Ahly and the score was 1-1 at the interval.

Zakaria had a chance to grab his brace from a free-kick 20 minutes into the second-half and restore the hosts' lead.

However, Laaroubi was alert and he made a comfortable save to deny the hard-working centre forward.

Al Ahly did most of the attacking in the closing stages of the match, but they found it difficult to unlock the Wydad defence.

Veteran striker Emad Moteab was introduced by Al Ahly in the latter stages.

However, Wydad stood firm at the back and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Al Ahly (1) 1 (Zakaria 3')
Wydad (1) 1 (Bencharki 16')

Al Ahly XI: Ekramy; Fathy, Nagiub, Saad, Maaloul, El-Sulaya, Rabia (Hamoudi 78'), Zakaria, Abdallah, Ajayi (Soliman 65' Moteab 86'), Azarou.

Wydad XI: Laaroubi, Rabeh, Ouattara, Noussir, Saidi, El Karti, Nakach, Gaddarine, Bencharki, Ounajem (Khadrouf 27'), El Haddad (Doa 83').

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