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RELIVE: Wydad Athletic Club (Morocco) v Ahly (Egypt) (African Champions League final)

Ahram Online provided a live coverage for Saturday's match between Morocco's Wydad Athletic Club and Egypt's Ahly in the second leg of the African Champions League final

Ahram Online , Saturday 4 Nov 2017
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Al Ahly's Ahmed Hamoudi in action with Wydad's Walid El Karti (Photo: Reuters)
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Full-time: Wydad 1-0 Ahly (2-1 agg.)

90+3 The referee blows the final whistle. Wydad African champions!

90+2 Keeper Laaroubi receives a yellow card for time-wasting.

90+2 Defender Ouattara replaces El-Haddad for Wydad's last sub of the game!

90' The referee gives three minutes of stoppage time

87' Zakareya hits the side-netting from inside the area when he should have squared the ball to a teammate!!

85' El-Hachimi replaces Khadrouf, who is receiving treatment outside the pitch.

83' Khadrouf booked by the ref for obstructing Hamoudi's way as he takes a free kick.

80' This time Laaroubi thwarts Hamoudi's low strike from outside the area!

80' Great save!! Ekramy denies a second Wydad goal from El-Haddad!!!

77' El-Sulaya cautioned by the referee..

75' Walid Soliman comes in for left-back Hussein El-Sayed, as manager El-Badry throws with all his attacking options.

73' Ahly's second substitution, with Emad Meteb replacing holding midfielder Fathi.

70' Walid El-Karti heads past keeper Ekramy following a cross from Bencharki from the right for Wydad's first of the night!

69' GOAL! Wydad score!

67' Moemen Zakareya booked for simulation inside the area.

65' Hamoudi attempts a strike from outside the area but goes easy into keeper Laaroubi's hands.

61' Ahmed Hamoudi replaces Walid Azaro for Ahly's first sub of the game.

60' Ahly regaining control now after a bad start to the half.

56' Wydad are the better side so far this half

51' A well-played through ball from El-Sulaya towards left-back El-Sayed inside the area, but the keeper was the quicker to the ball! 

46' A dangerous chance! El-Haddad fires a powerful strike from inside the area that hits the side-netting!!

The second half begins!

45+1 The ref blows the half-time whistle.

45' El-Haddad wins a foul near the center circle..

42' Left-back El-Sayed looks to have picked up an injury

39' The combative Ahmed Fathi booked for dissent.

34' The dangerous El-Haddad sees his effort from a tight angle go narrowly wide of the far post!

33' WHAT A CHANCE!!!! Zakareya goes one on one with the keeper before seeing the latter timely deny the Ahly man's attempt!!

30' What a chance! Khadrouf has a strike from inside the area deflected off El-Sayed as the ball bounces off the woodwork!

29' The free-kick cleared away by Khadrouf

28' Azaro wins a foul from a great position down the left..

22' Ajayi goes into the referee's book following a shove in the face of Walid El-Karti.

19' A rare attack by the hosts down the right sees them cross the ball across the face of goal!

15' A succession of corners for Ahly that are well defended by the hosts.

12' SO CLOSE!! Azaro got a touch to the ball from point-blank range that could have easily crossed the line if it wasn't for the keeper!

11' Ahly are the dominant side in the opening stages

7' Ajayi looks to be deployed just off striker Azaro

5' Zakareya plays a cross from the right towards Azaro but the ball goes out for corner!

3' Right-back Mohamed Hani conceded possession inside his own half..

1' Ahly piling up immense pressure early on...

The match gets underway!

21:55 Keeper Sherif Ekramy has been rumoured to have been injured while warming up, but will now be taking part against Wydad.

21:50 The players are now preparing to step onto the pitch... 

21:30 The Mohamed V Stadium looks to be fully packed with the home fans..

21:20 The changes mean that Ahly are left with two inexperienced full-backs in the Champions League final return leg.

21:10 Hussein El-Sayed will deputize for the injured Maaloul on the left, with Ajayi likely to continue as a nominal left winger.

21:00 As expected, Fathi will be used in midfield, with Rabia returning to defense and Mohamed Hani playing as right-back. 

Starting lineups:

WydadZ. Laaroubi, Y. Rabeh, A. Atouchi, A. Noussir, S. Saidi, W. El Karti, B. Nakach, B. Gaddarine, A. Bencharki, I. El Haddad, A. Khadrouf   

Ahly: Sherif Ekramy, Mohamed Hani, Saad Samir, Rami Rabia, Hussein El-Sayed, Amr El-Sulaya, Ahmed Fathi, Moemen Zakareya, Abdallah El-Said, Junior Ajayi, Walid Azaro

20:40 Should Fathi be deployed as a midfielder alongside Amr El-Sulaya, the young Mohamed Hani is likely to fill in the right-back slot. 

20:20 It remains to be seen how manager Hossam El-Badry would line-up against Wydad, with the veteran right-back Ahmed Fathi capable of playing in midfield as well.

20:00 Natural center-back Rami Rabia has been able to fill the void left by holding midfielder Ashour, but young left-back Hussein El-Sayed will need to extremely up his game to make up for Maaloul’s absence.  

19:45 Ahly will be missing key duo Hossam Ashour and Tunisia full-back Ali Maaloul, who has been instrumental for his side recently, alongside playmaker Saleh Gomaa through injury.

19:30 “Wydad can’t sit back even if all we need is a goalless draw to win the title. Ahly have quality players in possession and could easily threaten our goal.” 

19:00 “Unfortunately, Ounajem has suffered a knock due to the big troubles he was causing the Ahly defense,” Ammouta told Hesport.com. 

18:30 Speaking on the first-leg, Wydad manager Lhoussaine Ammouta said that Ahly were forced to play extremely harsh on starman Mohammed Ounajem – who will as a result miss the return leg due to injury.

18:00 After taking a second-minute lead through a terrific Moemen Zakareya strike, which was cancelled out by an Achraf Bencharki header, Ahly were denied what seemed to be a legitimate penalty after the break.

17:30 “I just hope for fair refereeing in the game. Everyone has seen how the referee was in the first leg. We will fight to win the title in the return leg,” El-Badry continued.

17:00 "My players are experienced and know well how to handle the pressure in these situations, either with Ahly or with the national team,” Ahly boss Hossam El-Badry said upon arriving in Morocco.

15:30 Having proven they are capable of settling ties away from home in Africa three times before, Ahly will be hoping they would be able to repeat the feat against Morocco’s Wydad this time around.

15:00 But these weren’t the end of Ahly’s exploits away from home though, with the Reds again drawing 1-1 with Esperance in the competition’s last-16 in Alexandria in September, before coming back from a goal down to prevail 2-1 in Rades and seal a semi-final berth.

14:15 The other was in 2012, when a similarly disappointing 1-1 first-leg home draw with another Tunisian rival in Esperance was followed by a 2-1 win in Rades – where Ahly took a two-goal lead through Mohamed Nagy ‘Gedo’ and Walid Soliman.

14:00 The first was in 2006, when a final first-leg against Tunisia’s Sfaxien ended with a 1-1 draw at Cairo Stadium before a stunning Mohamed Abou-Treika left-footed volley in stoppage-time gifted Ahly the title in extraordinary fashion.

12:50 With Ahly and Wydad playing out a 1-1 draw at Alexandria’s Borg El-Arab Stadium last week, the Cairo giants will be taking heart from three African occasions going into the final game at Casablanca’s Mohamed V Stadium.

12:00 Ahly will be eyeing a repeat of the 2006 and 2012 CAF Champions League finals when they eventually emerged winners following a 1-1 first-leg home draw as they visit Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca in the competition’s final on Saturday.

 

Stay tuned as match is due to start at 22:00 Cairo time (GMT+2)

 

Venue: Complexe Mohammed V, Casablanca

Referee: Bakary Papa Gassama

 

First leg result: Ahly 1-1 Wydad 

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