Tuesday Oct 20, 2020. 23:19
Pyramids defeated AC Horoya 2-0 in the 2019/20 CAF Confederation Cup semi-final match at the Mohamed V Stadium on Tuesday night.
As a result, the Egyptian side booked their place in the final where they are set to face Moroccan outfit RS Berkane, while Guinean champions Horoya crashed out of the tournament.
Pyramids controlled the match from the start with Omar Gaber pulling the strings from the midfield for the Egyptian side.
The first real chance of the game came 17 minutes into the encounter after the Horoya defence was exposed.
However, Horoya goalkeeper Moussa Camara was alert and he produced a magnificent save to deny Mohamed Farouk.
Camara was the busier of the two keepers as he was called into action seven minutes before the half-hour mark and he gathered Gaber’s long-range shot.
The last goalscoring opportunity of the first-half fell for Gaber after some good work by his teammate Eric Traore in the 37th minute.
However, Gaber’s effort was cleared off the goal-line and the score was 0-0 at the interval following a first-half which was dominated by Pyramids.
Pyramids continued to dominate possession after the restart, but the Guinean champions’ defence looked solid and compact as they contained Ante Cacic’s side.
Croatian coach Cacic decided to make a change in the 73rd minute as winger Ibrahim Hassan replaced striker John Antwi.
Hassan made an immediate impact as he netted in the 74th minute with a low shot which went through Camara’s legs to make it 1-0 to Pyramids having being set-up by Gaber.
It was soon 2-0 to Pyramids when Farouk set-up Abdallah El-Said, who cut inside before beating Camara with a brilliant finish.
Attacker Alseny Camara Agogo was introduced in the closing stages of the game by Horoya coach Lamine N’Diaye and he scored in the 86th minute, but the goal was disallowed for offside.
Ultimately, the match ended in a 2-0 victory in favour of Pyramids, who contained Horoya in the dying minutes of the match.
Pyramids (0) 2 (Hassan 74′, El-Said 75′)
Horoya (0) 0
Pyramids: M. Soliman, A. Tawfik, A. Ayman, A. Gabr, M. Hamdi, N. Emad, O. Gaber, M. Farouk, A. El-Said (I. Adel 90’+4), E. Traore, J. Antwi (I.Hassan 73′)
Horoya AC: M. Camara, L. Fofana, A. Mangue, B. Samassekou, G. Asante, D. Nikiema, M. Sylla, A. Wonkoye, O. Mandela (H. Makambo 67′), D. Camara (A,C. Agogo 77′), B. Sakin.