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We played in Cairo as if we've lost in Morocco, says Ahly defender

Central defender Yasser Ibrahim scored the third goal to effectively wrap up Ahly's win in the African Champions League semifinal

Mahmoud Sheleib , Saturday 24 Oct 2020
Yasser Ibrahim
Ahly defender Yasser Ibrahim (R) celebrates after scoring the third goal with his teammate Mohamed "Afsha" Magdi (L) (Ahly official website)
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Ahly defender Yasser Ibrahim said his side had a modest approach to their clash against Morocco's Wydad in the second leg of the African Champions League semifinal, with their down-to-earth attitude propelling them to another victory.

Ahly defeated Wydad 3-1 in Cairo on Friday to reach their third Champions League final in four years with a 5-1 on aggregate victory.

Central defender Ibrahim netted the third in the second half when he rose unmarked to head home a corner, effectively wrapping up the win.

"Despite winning 2-0 in Morocco, we played the second leg as if we have lost the first one. All the players did their best," the 27-year-old told beIN Sports after the game. 

"We know pretty well that Wydad is a big club in North Africa; that's why we paid them the proper respect, and we didn't underestimate them despite winning the first leg."

Ahly's experienced goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawi said coach Pitso Mosimane had told them at halftime to try and score more goals, even though their progress was virtually guaranteed. 

"Mosimane asked the players to control possession and go for more goals after the break, which we did, thanks God," he added.

Ahly will be waiting for the winner of the other semifinal between Egypt's Zamalek and Morocco's Raja on 1 November. The final will take place at Cairo's International Stadium on 6 November.

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