CAFCL FINAL: Al Ahly 3-1 Esperance de Tunis - AS IT HAPPENED

CAFCL FINAL: Al Ahly 3-1 Esperance de Tunis - AS IT HAPPENED
Al Ahly player Salah Mohsen celebrates after he scored the third goal against Horoya AC during the 2018 CAF Champions league game between Al Ahly and Horoya AC at Al Salam Stadium in Cairo, Egypt on 22 September 2018.

by Staff Reporter

Friday Nov 02, 2018. 22:46

Good evening and welcome to what was's LIVE PBP coverage of the 2018 Caf Champions League final first-leg between Al Ahly and Esperance de Tunis, from the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria.


Full-TIme: Al Ahly 3-1 Esperance de Tunis

*The reverse fixture will take place at the Stade Olympique de Radès next Friday, the 9th of November.

90' - Four minutes added to the second half.

84' - Yellow Card! Franck Kom is the next Esperance player into the referee's book.

83' - CROSSBAR! Walid Soliman comes to close to completing his hat-trick. The wing-wizard is unlucky to see his free-kick attempt rattle the woodwork.

81' - Yellow Card! Derbali goes into the referee's book!

76' - GOAL! Walid Soliman doubles the hosts lead from the penalty spot following an off the ball incident. VAR was again consulted, and again it went Al Ahly's way.

64' - GOAL! Youcef Belaili dusts himself off and converts from the spot! Important away goal for the Tunisians...

63' - Penalty! Esperance are awarded a spot-kick following a foul on Belaili from  El Shenawy.

58' - GOAL! Al Ahly double their lead through Amr El Sulya who runs onto a perfect ball by Soliman before rolling the ball into the back of the net from close range to double the Egyptians lead.

52'- Good start to the half for Esperance who have been all over their North African rivals in the early exchanges of the second half.

49' - Yellow Card! Ali is the first Al Ahly player into the referee's book following a cynical foul.

46' - The second-half is underway.

Half-Time: Al Ahly 1-0 Esperance de Tunis

45+1' - CROSSBAR! Chaalali is unlucky to see his stinging effort rattle off the crossbar and out of danger.

45' - Four minutes added.

41' - SAVE! What a stop by Ben Cherifia to keep out Soliman's audacious effort from flying into the back of the net.

39' - Esperance now turning the screw in search of what prove to be a valuable away goal. Successive free-kicks fro the Tunisians in a dangerous position, but both are squandered.

34' - GOAL! Soliman makes no mistake from the spot. Left-foot top bins!

33' - Following a few minutes, and quite a few looks, the referee sticks to his original decision. Penalty!

32' - The referee is consulting with the video assistant referee's, remember VAR is in use for the first time in a Caf Champions League match this evening....and he will head to the sideline for a second opinion.

30' - Penalty! The referee points to the spot following a foul on Azaro by Ben Cherifia!

22' - Early blow for Al Ahly as Ahmed Fathi is forced off the field. He is replaced by EL Demerdash.

20' - CHANCE! Moez Ben Cherifia with a good firm punch to keep out Walid Soliman's free-kick from an acute. The shot-stopper was under immense pressure, but stood his ground and cleared from danger.

18' - Yellow Card! Dhaouadi goes into the referee's book following a mistimed tackle. Free-kick for Al Ahly in a dangerous position.

15' - Very physical start to the clash with no clear-cut chances just yet. Esperance doing a good job of disrupting the hosts who are struggling in their attempts to break down the Tunisians.

10' - Postive start to the clash for the Tunisians as the green lasers make an appearance for the first time in the whipped in, but Coulibaly can only succeed in guiding his header attempt wide of goal.

4' - Stoppage in play following a clash of heads. Refreee left with no choice but to stop play. Chemmam looks okay to continue after being patched up by the Esperance medical team, so does Soliman.

1' - Kick-off! Al Ahly in their traditional red and white kit, Esperance in all blue.


Al Ahly: El Shenawy ; Fathi (El Demerdash 22'), Samir, Coulibaly, Ashraf, Ashour, El Sulya, Hamoudi (Hussein 67'), Soliman, Mohareb, Azaro,

Esperance: Cherifia; Dhaouadi, Badri, Belaili, Chemmam, Coulibaly, Derbali, Chaalali, Erbeia, Khenissi (Mejri 79'), Kom.


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