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Egypt's Ismaily through to Arab Cup semis at expense of compatriots Ittihad

Ahram Online , Sunday 26 Jan 2020
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Egyptian side Ismaily qualified for the semi-finals of the Arab Club Champions Cup after holding Alexandria-based club Ittihad to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of the quarter-final on Sunday.

Holding a 1-0 first-leg advantage, Ismaily wasted a host of goal-scoring chances that if converted would have given them a more comfortable victory.

The closest they went was on 63 minutes when Namibian striker Benson Shilongo broke clear, only to see his effort saved by the keeper.

Tunisian striker Fakhereedine Ben Youssef made his Ismaily debut after coming on as a second-half substitute. The 28-year-old arrived last week as a free agent after terminating his contract with Saudi side Ettifaq FC.

Ismaily are chasing their first title since winning the Egyptian Premier League in 2002.

They lost in the final of the Arab Champions League, the old version of the Club Champions Cup, in 2004 against Tunisian side Sfaxien.

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