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RELIVE: Egypt's Pyramids FC v Guinea's Horoya AC (African Confederation Cup)

Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Tuesday's match between Egypt’s Pyramids FC and Horoya AC of Guinea in the African Confederation Cup semifinal

Ahram Online , Tuesday 20 Oct 2020
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Full time: Pyramids 2-0 Horoya
Scorers: Ibrahim Hassan 74 , Abdallah El-Said 75



The referee blows his final whistle, Pyramids reach their first ever African final to set up a meeting with Morocco's RS Berkane. Thanks for following our live updates!

90+4' Pyramids make a substitution. Match hero El-Said makes way for youngster Ibrahim Adel. 

90' The referee adds four minutes of stoppage time. 

87' The referee disallows the goal due to offside. 

86' Substitute Alseny Camara finds the net but he looks in an offside position. 

86' Goal for Horoya but it looks offside! The referee is likely to check a video replay.

85' Horoya's Asante Godfred receives a yellow card.

81' Pyramids look to have ended the match as a contest! 

78' Horoya forward Alseny Camara receives a yellow card moments after coming on. 

76' Veteran playmaker El-Said adds the second just one minute later in brilliant fashion, cutting inside to plant an unstoppable curler into the far corner of the net. 

76' A quick-fire double ends the resistance of Horoya! Firstly, substitute Ibrahim Hassan scores moments after coming off the bench, ghosting behind the defence to run onto a threaded pass from Omar Gaber and send a low shot that goes between Camara's legs and into the net. 

75' GOOOOOAL FOR PYRAMIDS!!

74' GOOOOOAL FOR PYRAMIDS!!

73' Pyramids make their first substitution. Winger Ibrahim Hassan replaces Ghanaian striker John Antwi.

70' A volley by Nabil Emad goes high over. Can Pyramids break the deadlock in the last 20 minutes?

70' Horoya's Fofana is booked for a wild tackle on Omar Gaber. 

67' Horoya make their first substitution. Heritier Makambo replaces Ocansey Mandela.

65' The referee overturns his decision after a VAR review! 

63' Horoya players surround the referee in protest, demanding that he check a video replay. 

62' Traore is pushed to the ground as he latches onto a brilliant defence-splitting pass from El-Said with the outside of his boot. 

61' PENALTY FOR PYRAMIDS!!

60' Horoya grow bolder as Pyramids show no attacking threats. 

56' Pyramids' inaccurate crosses cause no troubles to Horoya's defence. 

51' Pyramids are still very slow in the final third, failing to apply the finishing touches. 

49' Horoya keeper Camara rushes out to collect a through ball before it reaches Traore. 

The second half is underway

The referee blows his halftime whistle 

45' Abdallah El-Said sends a shot high over after exchanging passes with Antwi. 

42' In a dour first half, Pyramids could only create one goal-scoring chance. 

37' What a chance for Pyramids! They finally slice open the defence. Traore runs onto a through pass to break clear and square the ball to the onruhsing Omar Gaber, whose low shot is cleared off the line by a defender. 

34' Despite their dominance, Pyramids are yet to find an answer to Horoya's tight defence. 

30' A cross from Traore hits the side netting. 

29' Traore once again fails to get on the end of a through pass from Antwi. 

25' Horoya keeper Camara receives treatment after a collision with a Pyramids player. 

23' A tame shot from Pyramids midfielder Omar Gaber is easily collected by Camara.

19' Eric Traore just fails to get on the end of a cross from Abdallah El-Said as Pyramids intensify their pressure. 

17' The first chance for Pyramids! Horoya keeper Camara superbly thwarts a shot from winger Mohamed Farouk. 

16' At the other end, a cross finds Ghanaian striker John Antwi, whose header is blocked by his marker. 

15' The first corner by Horoya is easily cleared by the Pyramids defence. 

14' Horoya step up a gear after a slow start.

11' A short back pass to Horoya keeper Moussa Camara puts him under pressure, but he manages to kick the ball away before it reaches a Pyramids forward. 

9' Pyramids move the ball around smoothly, but there are no threats so far. 

6' Pyramids control possession, with Horoya sitting back to soak up the Egyptian side's early pressure. 

3' Pyramids try to push forward in the early minutes. 


The match is underway


Starting line-ups:

Pyramids: Mahdi Soliman, Ahmed Tawfik, Ahmed Ayman, Ali Gabr, Mohamed Hamdi, Nabil Emad, Omar Gaber, Mohamed Farouk, Abdallah El-Said, Eric Traore, John Antwi

Horoya AC: Moussa Camara, Lamine Fofana, Abou Mangue, Boubacar Samassekou, Godfred Asante, Dramane Nikiema, Morlaye Sylla, Amadou Wonkoye, Ocansey Mandela, Daouda Camara, Bolaji Sakin

20:00 Pyramids stick to their usual line-up, with Ghanaian John Antwi spearheading the attack, supported by attacking midfielders El-Said, Eric Traore and Mohamed Farouk.

19:00 Pyramids' veteran playmaker Abdallah El-Said said he and his teammates are eager to deliver the club's first ever trophy, which would "make us all proud."

17:30 The winners will face RS Berkane in the final after they defeated fellow Moroccan side Hassania Agadir 2-1 in the other semi-final on Monday.

16:30 “We knew that the match would be very difficult, even being at full power. But it's still football, so we prepared for this game. Those who will have the chance to play should first think of those who wanted to play this game, who dreamed of it for months but unfortunately they will be missing," added N'Diaye

“A miracle is possible… It's in the minds of the players. If they are ready to fight, if they are ready to give it their all, I do believe that something exceptional can be done. But everyone will have to play one hundred percent."

"Our opponent team includes very great players. Really a good team. I know some of them after meeting them individually before, especially the captain { Abdallah El-Said} who played in the Champions League with former club Ahly.

“They also have a great desire to show themselves as it is the first time that their club reach the semi-finals. So they have a huge desire to make themselves known to the continent,” the coach concluded.


16:00 On the other side, Horaya will be suffering from the absence of several key players due to COVID-19 infection; a fact that will make the team’s mission a difficult one according to coach Lamine N'Diaye.

“Several of our players are affected by the virus. For the moment, we only have 12 field players left, while we wait, tonight, for the resultsto the last test this morning to fix us,” N'Diaye explained via the club’s official website on Monday.

“We knew that the match would be very difficult, even being at full power. But it's still football, so we prepared for this game. Those who will have the chance to play should first think of those who wanted to play this game, who dreamed of it for months but unfortunately they will be missing."


15:40 Also, coach Ante Cacic will welcome back Ivorian defender Wilfred Kanon and Burkinabe attacker Eric Traore after being away on international duty.

The medical staff has also assured of the readiness of all the players, adding that all their PCR test results came back negative.

15:15 The recently established team, Pyramids, will enter the game at full power as their key player Abdallah El-Said is expected to start the game after recovering from an injury he had suffered during the premier league clash against Ahly.

14:50 Football activities had been suspended in the African continent due to the spread of the coronavirus, and the CAF decided to resume the Confederation Cup in Morocco.

13:50 The semis will be played on just a single-match format on 19 and 20 October and the final will be played on 29 October.

13:00 In their first continental participation, Pyramids FC have made a great run, reaching the semifinal, and are among the top favourites for the title. The second-tier African club competition will be played in Morocco on a final four mini-tournament after being delayed several times due to the coronavirus pandemic.

12:00 Rising Egyptian power Pyramids FC will be looking to get a step closer to their dream of a first ever continental title when they take on Guinea’s Horaya AC on Tuesday in the semifinal of the Confederation Cup.

Stay tuned as match is due to start at 21:00 Cairo time (GMT+2)

 

Venue: Complexe Mohammed V, Casablanca

Referee: Bamlak Tessema, Ethiopia

 

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