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RELIVE: Morocco's Wydad Casablanca v Egypt's Ahly (African Champions League)

Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Saturday’s match between Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca and Egypt’s Ahly in the 1st leg of the African Champions League semi final

Ahram Online , Saturday 17 Oct 2020
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Morocco's Wydad Casablanca v Egypt's Ahly
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Full time: Wydad 0-2 Ahly
Scorers: Magdi Afsha 4, Ali Maaloul 62 pen


The referee blows his final whistle, Ahly take a commanding first-leg lead in the African Champions League semis. Thanks for following our live updates! 

90+1' The referee adds four minutes of stoppage time. 

90' A Wydad volley from the edge of the area misses the target.  

90' Ahly's Geraldo is booked.

89' Ahly are comfortable at the back in the dying minutes. 

85' Ahly make a third substitution. Winger Ahmed El-Sheikh replaces Hussein El-Shahat. 

81' A free kick is floated over Wydad's defensive wall but El-Shahat shoots wide from a tight angle. 

81' Ahly defender Ayman Ashraf is robbed in the area but the referee rescues him by blowing for a foul.

77' Congolese forward Kazadi Kasengu replaces Aouk.

76' At the other end, Badie Aouk's cross-cum-shot is tipped over by El-Shennawi.

75' An Ahly counter attack sees Amr El-Sulaya releases Geraldo, whose low cross finds Ajayi but the Nigerian's backpass is intercepted. 

70' A clear-cut chance for Wydad! A low effort is deflected by Mohamed Hani for a corner.

69' Ahly make a second substitution. Marwan Mohsen makes way for Angolan winger Geraldo.

67' Ahly striker Marwan Mohsen controls a long ball on his chest, turns and shoots but his effort goes over the crossbar. 

67' Ahly look capable of adding a third, with Wydad seemingly giving up. 

63' Wydad's Ivorian defender Cheick Comara, who has recently recovered from injury, comes off the bench.

62' Spot-kick specialist Ali Maaloul sends the keeper the wrong way to put Ahly 2-0 up, a truly deserved lead for the Red Devils!

62' GOOOOOOAL FOR AHLY!!!

60' Wydad are penalised for a handball on Jabrane, who receives a yellow card as the referee points to the spot.

60' PENALTY FOR AHLY!!!

59' Wydad are lost on the pitch, with Ahly in almost total control. 

57' What a chance wasted by Ahly!! Hussein El-Shahat breaks clear but his effort is blocked by the advancing keeper. He could have killed off the game! 

56' Ahly defender Ayman Ashraf receives a yellow card for a foul on Aouk. 

54' Ahly are in control in the early stages of a calm second half. 

53' A cross from Hussein El-Shahat is easily collected by Wydad keeper Reda Tagnaouti.

50' Wydad make an unscripted substitution due to an injury Yahia Attiyat Allah picked up.

49' Wydad's Jabrane mistakenly heads the ball back to his own goalkeeper while trying to clear a cross. 

45' Ahly make their first substitution. Hamdi Fathi replaces fellow defensive midfielder Aliou Dieng, who earned a yellow card in the first half. 

The second half is underway

The referee blows his halftime whistle 

45' The referee adds three minutes of stoppage time. 

43' El-Shennawi saves the penalty! A tame effort from Badi Aouk down the middle is blocked.

43' Sikazwe sticks to his decision and awards the penalty. 

42' Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe is checking a video replay. 

39' Gbagbo Magbi is tripped by El-Shennawi after breaking clear following a through pass as the referee points to the spot. 

39' Penalty for Wydad!! 

38' Another chance for Wydad! A threaded pass finds Ismail El Haddad but he blasts his shot high over from inside the area. 

38' Walid El Karti is found unmarked by a floated free kick but he mis-hit his effort with the goal at his mercy! 

35' Afsha's shot from the edge of the area goes high over. Should Ahly improve their finishing touches, they can add a second in Casablanca.

35' Wydad's Magbi is awarded a free kick on the left after a high-boot challenge from Mohamed Hani. 

31' At the other end, a tame low shot from Wydad striker Gbagbo Magbi is easily collected by keeper Mohamed El-Shennawi.

31' Ahly are displaying flashes of their intricate passing game under Mosimane. 

29' Wydad's Brahim El Nakach makes a timely interception to clear a diagonal cross from the lively Maaloul before it reaches Ajayi. 

27' Ali Maaloul volleys high over after another well-worked Ahly breakaway. 

25' Ahly's lone striker Marwan Mohsen tries an audacious long-range shot but it goes over the bar. 

24' After an Ahly counter attack, Ali Maaloul finds Hussein El-Shahat with an inviting cross but El-Shahat's cross is cleared by the keeper's legs.

21' Wydad's Yahia Attiyat Allah receives a yellow card. 

21' Wydad winger Ismail El Haddad skips past Mohamed Hani on the left but his wayward cross hits the side netting. 

20' Ahly's Malian midfielder Aliou Dieng is booked for a foul on Wydad's Aymane El Hassouni. 

18' Ahly are hindered by some mis-placed passes in front of their own area as Wydad mount pressure. 

16' The first chance for Wydad! A long ball to the byline is flicked back to the area, where Brahim El Nakach pops up to send a sliding effort wide of the post. 

15' Wydad apply some pressure but Ahly's defence clears their feeble crosses.

12' Wydad send some long balls towards the flanks, but they are yet to create a clear-cut chance. 

10' The tempo is fast in the first 10 minutes! 

8' Yasser Ibrahim is robbed on the byline by Ahly's defence clears the danger. 

8' In Wydad's first effort, an angled free kick from Aymane El Hassouni goes over the bar. 

6' The Egyptians take Wydad by surprise after starting with an adventurous approach. 

5' Ahly make a dream start in Casablanca! 

4' Ahly open the scoring after a terrible defensive mistake! Yahya Jabrane, the last man, is robbed by playmaker Magdi Afsha who charges goalwards and calmly slots the ball into the bottom corner. 

4' GOOOOOOAL FOR AHLY!!!

2' The free kick is floated into the area and central defender Yasser Ibrahim heads it high over. 

2' Ahly are awarded a free kick on the left after Junior Ajayi is tripped.


The match is underway


Starting lineups:

Wydad: Reda Tagnaouti - Abdellatif Nousseir, Yahia Attiyat Allah, Brahim Najm Eddine - Yahya Jabrane, Walid El Karti, Aymane El Hassouni, Brahim El Nakach - Badi Aouk, Ismail El Haddad, Gbagbo Magbi

Ahly: Mohamed El-Shennawi - Mohamed Hani, Yasser Ibrahim, Ayman Ashraf, Ali Maaloul - Aliou Dieng, Amr El-Sulaya, Mohamed "Afsha" Magdi - Hussein El Shahat, Junior Ajayi, Marwan Mohsen.

20:20 Players are warming up

20:00 Coach Mosimane made a few changes to his lineup as he restored Ali Maaloul and Ayman Ashraf in defence to keep veteran defender Ahmed Fathi on the bench. He also opted for experienced striker Marwan Mohsen to spearhead Ahly's attack instead of Senegalese marksman Aliou Badji. 

19:50 Ahly are set and ready !

 

 

 

19:00 Ahly's team is heading for the stadium now.

A view of Mohamed V stadium that will host the game

Mohamed V stadium
Mohamed V stadium (Photo courtesy to CAF twitter account)

18:00 Mosimane also faces a selection dilemma upfront. In the lone striker position, both Marwan Mohsen and Senegalese Aliou Badji have misfired, although Mohsen has a slight advantage after scoring twice in a 2-0 Egyptian league win over Enppi earlier this month.

17:00 Mosimane is giving his final lecture for the players at the hotel before moving to the stadium.

16:00 "We had a tight schedule in the Moroccan 'Botola', but my players are ready. I thank them for their great efforts despite being exhausted and especially amidst this pandemic," the Wydad coach added.

"We are looking forward to achieving a good result before the return leg in Cairo."

15:20 "This is a crucial game. Our target is to go to the final and lift the cup," said Wydad coach Miguel Gamondi.

15:10 Ivorian defender Cheick Comara is also doubtful due to an injury.

15:00 Wydad could be also facing a shortage at the back, with reports suggesting that Salaheddine Saidi, a natural midfielder who was expected to be deployed in defence, will miss the game after contracting COVID-19.

14:30 A recent injury that hit Ayman Ashraf left Ahly with just one recognized center back in Yasser Ibrahim, who usually commits costly errors.

However, Ashraf has recovered and should be fit to partner Ibrahim against Wydad, with Mosimane saying he is ready to introduce a natural midfielder in the heart of defence in case of any emergency.

14:10 Ahly’s influential winger Mahmoud 'Kahraba' Abdel-Moneim, who left last league match against Pyramids FC due to a muscular injury, continued his rehabilitation program during the team’s camp in Morocco according to the club's site. The Egyptian international seems won't be available for Wydad game tonight.

13:55 But the biggest question that Mosimane will face is whether he can plug the gaps in Ahly's backline, which is missing three central defenders through injury -- Rami Rabia, Mahmoud Metwalli and Saad Samir.

13:45 In their few games under Mosimane, Egyptian Premier League champions Ahly appeared more compact and relied more on a possession-based style, at times producing an intricate passing game.

13:25 "We have many injured players, but I cannot complain. This is football and we played some games without our key players and still got positive results. I believe in my team," the Ahly coach added.

13:20 Ahly have a chance this year to settle the score with Wydad and reach their third final in four years, and in coach Pitso Mosimane they have a new-found belief.

"I know Wydad well, they are a strong team, and we respect them, and they also know Ahly very well. But we are here to have a positive result, and why not come back home with a win," the South African boss, who succeeded Swiss Rene Weiler on 1 October, told CAFonline.com.

13:00 Ahly will be hosting Moroccan rivals Wydad de Casablanca at Cairo stadium in the return match of the African Champions League semi final, the club announced on Saturday. 

“CAF officially informed us that the return match against Wydad on 23 October will be played at Cairo’s international stadium,” Ahly said in a statement via its official website.

12:45 Head-to-head record between both teams:

Played: 8 matches / Ahly's wins: 2 / Wydad's wins: 2 / Draws: 4

12:30 Wydad won 2-1 on aggregate but Ahly had another shot at the elusive trophy the following year, only to lose again, this time at the hands of Tunisia's Esperance.

12:15 Three years ago, a powerful Ahly side looked well equipped to win the coveted trophy for the first time since 2013 after reaching the final, only to be denied by the vibrant Wydad, inspired then by Moroccan winger Achraf Bencharki, who is now in the ranks of Ahly's Cairo nemesis Zamalek.

11:45 Once again, Morocco's Wydad stand in the way of a long-awaited African Champions League triumph for Ahly as both sides meet in a mouthwatering last-four first leg clash in Casablanca on Saturday.

Venue: Complexe Mohammed V, Casabalnca

Referee: Jani Sikazwe (Zambia)

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