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RELIVE: Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia) v Ahly (Egypt), CAF Champions League semifinal, 1st leg

Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Sunday's match between Tunisia's Etoile du Sahel and Egypt's Ahly in the first leg of the CAF Champions League semifinal

Ahram Online , Sunday 1 Oct 2017
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File Photo: Ahly's Moemen Zakareya and Etoile players fight for the ball during Group A meeting in a Confederation Cup match between Al-Ahly and Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia (Photo: Ahmed Hassan)
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Full-time: Etoile du Sahel 2-1 Ahly

90+5 The ref blows the final whistle.

90+5 Trabelsi strikes from distance as keeper Ekramy thwarts him.

88' Hamza Lahmar replaces Brigui..

86' Moemen Zakareya comes in for Walid Soliman.

85' Fathi goes into the referee's book as he misses the next match.

83' An Etoile defender could have netted into his own net following a through ball from substitute Gomaa, but the former was lucky to see the ball go narrowly wide of the post. 

78' Amr Marei substituted by Chermiti as the Egyptian was the one who requested substitution.

75' Ben Amor unleashes a powerful low strike from outside the area that beats keeper Ekramy!  

74' GOAL! Etoile make it two!

71' Msakni makes way for Ben Belgacem.

70' Boughattas sees a header from a corner goes narrowly wide of the post! That was close!

67' Gomaa presses defender Boughattas who concedes possession, as Gomaa goes through on goal and strikes past the keeper!!! 

66' GOOAAAALLLLL!!!! Ahly equalize through Gomaa!!

65' Saleh Gomaa comes in for striker Azaro.

63' Keeper Sherif Ekramy keeps away an effort from Brigui, which he arguably should have collected.

57' A freekick for Etoile on the left after Saad Samir had been adjudged to have fouled striker Marei near the touchline.

50' Ahly controlling after the break, with Etoile retreating a bit.

47' Hesham Mohamed makes way for right-back Mohamed Hani, as Ahmed Fathi moves into midfield.

The second half begins!

45+1 The ref blows the half-time whistle. It's the end of the first half.

40 Azaro wins a free kick following a foul by Boughattas.

36' What a strike!!! Soliman sees a shot from outside the area go wide after an Etoile defender headed the ball directly into his path.

30' Egyptian striker Marei wins a free kick from a great position in front of the box.

27' Azaro hits the side-netting in what was Ahly's most dangerous chance in the half! The Moroccan surely should have done much better than that!! 

23' Ahmed Fathi storms down the right before seeing his cross cleared away 

18' Trabelsi yellow carded following a foul on Abdallah El-Said.

16' Despite being marked by winger Soliman inside the area, midfielder Brigui hits a powerful strike past keeper Ekramy to put his side in front!! 

16' GOALL! Etoile take the lead!

13' Ajayi made a great turn before hitting a low strike that narrowly missed the target!

10' Playing at home, the Tunisians are pushing their full-backs unreservedly and using an aggressive high line.

8' So far the hosts are having the upper hand in the midfield battle.

4' After a high-tempo start to the game, play became somewhat restricted to midfield.

1' A fast-paced start to the game!

The match gets underway!

19:00 Ajayi is fielded as a left winger, but likely to be joining striker Walid Azaro in attack to become a second striker.

18:15 Summer-signing Hesham Mohamed will partner Amr El-Sulaya in the center of the park, with the pair renowned for their ball-playing abilities more than anything else.

Starting lineups:

Etoile du Sahel: Aymen Balbouli, Hamdi Nagguez, Ghazi Abderrazzak, Mohamed Konate, Zied Jebali, Mohamed Amine Ben Amor, Aymen Trabelsi, Iheb Msakni, Alaya Brigui, Alkhali Bangoura, Amr Marei  

Ahly: Sherif Ekramy, Ali Maaloul, Saad Samir, Rami Rabia, Ahmed Fathi, Hesham Mohamed, Amr El-Sulaya, Junior Ajayi, Abdallah El-Said, Walid Soliman, Walid Azaro

15:30 Ahly may miss influential defensive midfielder Hossam Ashour after he hurt his knee in a training session before the match. Playmaker Ahmed El-Sheikh, back from a loan spell with Maqassa, is also a major doubt because of a back complaint.

14:30 Ahly and Etoile met in the Champions League final in 2005 and 2007. The Cairo giants prevailed with comprehensive 3-0 aggregate win in 2005 but Etoile had the upper hand two years later, securing a 3-1 victory in Cairo after the first leg ended goalless.

14:00 Etoile qualified for the semifinal with a comfortable 2-0 home win over Libya's Ahli Tripoli following a 0-0 first-leg draw, with Egyptian striker Amr Marei notching a brace after a rare start. The summer recruit from Egypt's Enppi is expected to start against Ahly.

13:00 The Red Devils are in a buoyant mood going into the anticipated clash in Sousse, with their fans speaking of a psychological edge over Tunisian opponents.

12:00 Ahly play Etoile away from home in the first leg of the semi-final clash almost a week after they came from a goal down to earn a famous 2-1 victory over another Tunisian side, Esperance, in Rades.

Venue: Stade Olympique de Sousse (Sousse (Sūsah))

Referee: E. Otogo-Castane (Gabon)

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