CAFCL FINAL: ESPERANCE DE TUNIS 3-0 Al Ahly - AS IT HAPPENED

CAFCL FINAL: ESPERANCE DE TUNIS 3-0 Al Ahly - AS IT HAPPENED
Amr Elsolia (L) Hossam Ashour (R) of Al Ahly fights for the ball with Anice Badri (C) of ES Tunis during the CAF Champions League final 1st leg match between Al Ahly and ES Tunis in Alexandria, Egypt, 02 November 2018. EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

by Staff Reporter

Friday Nov 09, 2018. 22:51

Good evening and welcome to what was AfricanFootball.com's LIVE PBP coverage of the 2018 Caf Champions League final second-leg between Esperance de Tunis and Al Ahly, from the Stade Olympique de Radès, on Friday 09 November 2018.

AS IT HAPPENED PBP Comments:

Congratulations to Esperance de Tunis who have been crowned Caf Champions League champions for a third time! 

FT: Esperance 3-0 Al Ahly (Esperance win 4-3 on aggregate) 

90+2' - Yellow Card - Mejri goes into the referee's book.

90' - Four minutes added.

86' - GOAL! Anice Badri with a superb solo effort to take Esperance onto the cusp of glory! What a goal - his eighth of the competition has surely clinched it?

80' - Into the final 10 minutes in Rades and Esperance are on the cusp of a third Caf Champions League crown!

71' - Esperance continue to control proceedings with Al Ahly struggling to put together two passes. The Tunisians have been well on top thus far, but one goal for the Egyptians changes the whole picture!

60' - CLOSE! Anice Badri sends his curling effort inches wide of goal. Esperance are all over Al Ahly.

54' - GOAL! Saad Beguir completes his brace; heading home from close range to send the home fans into absolute delirium!

51' - Al Ahly have started the second half with more intent following that late goal for Esperance in the first-half. The next goal - if there is one - will be crucial!

46' - The second half is underway.

HT: Esperance de Tunis 1-0 Al Ahly 

45+1' - GOAL! Persistence has paid off for the Tunisians and it's Saad Beguir who provides the finishing touches to a swift attacking move right on the cusp of half-time. Game on!

45' - Two minutes added.

40' - Still nothing to write home about in Rades with Al Ahly showcasing all their defensive qualities thus far. Esperance not yet throwing everything but the kitchen sink forward in attack, but might have to start taking that approach int he second-half.

30' - Still goalless at the half-hour mark in Tunisia.

26' - Yellow Card - Soliman and Coulibaly ,of Al Ahly and Esperance respectively, go into the referee's book following a clash in midfield.

23' - The visitors continue to soak up all the early pressure in Rades as the hosts grow increasingly frustrated and desperate.

16' - The hosts are notorious fast starts and they continue to dominate the early exchanges, but the Al Ahly defender remains resolute.

13' - The home side change their luck from range on two occasions in quick succession. The first attempt is straight at the Al Ahly shot-stopper with the second blazed well over the crossbar.

10' - Corner-kick for Al Ahly curled into a dangerous area, but the referee blows his whistle following a foul on the goalkeeper. Chance squandered.

5' - Nervy start to proceedings in Tunisia with both teams knowing the importance of an early goal. A lot of tension in the air!

1' - Kick-off!

Al Ahly take a 3-1 aggregate lead into tonight's clash following their win in Alexandria last Friday.

Line-ups: 

Esperance de Tunis: Cherifia; Belaili (Meskini 80'), Chemmam, Coulibaly, Derbali, Chaalali, Ben Mohamed, Khenissi (Mejri 70'), Yakoubi, Badri, Beguir (Erbeia 62')

Al Ahly: El Shenawy ; El Demerdash (Nedved 62'), Samir, Coulibaly, Ashraf, Ashour, El Sulya (El Gaber 76'), Gaber (S.Mohsen 62'), Soliman, Mohareb, M.Mohsen.



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