Relive: Egypt's Ahly crowned African champions
Egypt's Ahly claim a record-extending eighth African Champions League title after beating South Africa's Orlando Pirates 2-0 on Sunday
Ahram Online, Sunday 10 Nov 2013
Full time: Ahly 2-0 Orlando Pirates
The referee blows his final whistle, Ahly are crowned African champions for the second successive time
90+3 Meteb breaks clear but he his poor shot is collected by the keeper. He misses the chance to score with his first touch.
90+2 Ahly make their final substitution. Abou-Treika is replaced with striker Emad Meteb, who is back after a long injury layoff.
90+1 The referee adds four minutes of stoppage time.
90 In a breakaway, Ahly playmaker Abdallah El-Said sends a powerful shot that is parried by the keeper.
88 Two minutes remaining. Ahly are on the brink of winning a record-extending Champions League title.
85 Ahly make their second substitution. Striker Abdel-Zaher is replaced with defender Rami Rabia.
83 Ahly defender Sherif Abdel-Fadil is sent off for a second bookable offense. Pirates will try to count on their numerical advantage in the last seven minutes.
80 Zambian forward Collins Mbesuma wastes a chance to narrow the gap at the other end. Another timely interception from Ekrami denies him a clear-cut chance.
78 Ahmed Abdel-Zaher doubles Ahly's lead! Ahmed Fathi lays off the ball to Abdallah El-Said, whose shot goes across the face of goal and accidently finds Abdel-Zaher for an easy tap-in.
78 GOAL FOR AHLY!
75 Fifteen minutes remaining before the end. Pirates still look dangerous on the break as they seek to score a decisive equaliser that will force the game into penalties.
75 Bacela tries to pounce on a defensive lapse from Wael Gomaa but three other defenders rush back to steal possession from him on the edge of the area.
72 Ahly make their first substitution. Left-back Ahmed Shedid replaces playmaker Walid Soliman, who picks up an injury.
68 Ahly still have the better possession. One goal will still be enough for Pirates to salvage an aggregate draw.
66 Ahly's Ahmed Abdel-Zaher sends a half-volley that narrowly misses the target from the edge of the area.
65 Ahly excel in the first quarter of the second half but they were still lucky not to concede after Pirates' Bacela somehow missed an open net.
63 What a chance for the Pirates! Bacela latches onto a through pass from Sifiso Myeni and rounds Ekrami but he blasts an angled shot wide with the goal at his mercy. How did he miss that?!
62 Ahly are in control as Pirates are forced to sit back to soak up pressure.
60 A long-range shot by Klate is saved by Ekrami.
59 Ahly draw cheers from the ecstatic crowd with some neat passing moves.
57 A cloud of somke sweeps the stadium after fans light firecrackers in celebration of the opener.
55 A low shot by Abdallah El-Saied is deflected off a defender and finds the unmarked Abou-Treika, who controls the ball with aplomb and sends a low shot home from close range.
54 GOAL FOR AHLY!
52 A mis-hit cross by Soliman goes over the bar. Ahly have the better possession now but they are still unable to unlock the defence.
49 Sayed Moawad, at the other end, breaks down the left and skips past his challenger. His low cross is partially cleared by the defence and Walid Soliman gathers the loose ball but his shot goes astray.
46 Sherif Ekrami palms away a corner kick as Pirates try to pile on early pressure.
The second half is underway
The referee blows his half-time whistle
45 An argument erupts between both players at the end of the first half.
44 Ahmed Abdel-Zaher is released with a through pass but he fails to get on the end of it as the keeper rushes out to clear the danger.
42 Ahly are trying to regain control after coming under intense pressure from the Pirates.
39 With six minutes remaining before halftime, both sides ease off a bit.
35 Pirates waste another chance! Tlou Segolela is found unmarked at the far post by a right-wing cross but his close-range header misses the target.
34 Pirates are trying some through passes behind the Ahly backline. But their efforts are not successful so far.
31 Ahly defender Sherif Abdel-Fadil receives a yellow card for a challenge on Daine Klate.
30 It's an evenly-balanced affair in the second quarter of an hour, with both sides creating decent goal-scoring chances.
29 A touched-on free-kick sees Pirates' Oupa Manyisa lets fly from distance but his effort goes wide.
28 The pace of Pirates forward, Lennox Bacela in particular, is keeping Ahly's defenders on their toes.
25 Talismanic playmaker Mohamed Abou-Treika is pulling strings in Ahly's midfield, distributing some neat passes to the right and left flanks.
22 A curling shot by Ahly striker Ahmed Abdel-Zaher is tipped over by keeper Senzo Meyiwa. The match is getting more and more interesting.
20 Orlando Pirates also waste a clear-cut chance! A slip by Sayed Moawad allows a Pirates forward to break clear but his effort is blocked by the advancing Ekrami.
17 Ahly squander a third chance! full-back Ahmed Fathi exchanges passes down the left and sends a diagonal cross that finds Abdallah El-Said at the far post but the latter's sliding effort hits the side netting.
15 Ahly were relatively better in the first quarter of an hour, creating a couple of opportunities.
15 Ahly waste another chance! Central defender Mohamed Naguib beats his marker to a cross from Sayed Moawad to send a glancing header just wide.
13 Thabo Matlaba darts in down the left and whips in a cross but Ahly's defence clears the ball.
11 Ahly are awarded two successive corner kicks. One of them is headed over the bar by lone striker Ahmed Abdel Zaher.
10 The ensuing effort goes into the safe hands of Ekrami.
8 Pirates are awarded a free kick on the edge of the area after Sifiso Myeni is pushed.
7 Ahly are still taking too long in their build-up play. Orlando are trying to soak up early pressure.
5 At the other end, a cross from Ahly's left-back Sayed Moawad is handled by the keeper.
3 The first corner is awarded to Orlando Pirates. Ahly keeper Sherif Ekrami handles the cross.
2 The fans are creating a feverish atmosphere at the Arab Contractors Stadium.
The match is underway
17:50 Ten minutes to go, the Arab Contractors Stadium is already packed.
17:35 Former Ahly coach Manuel Jose, a revered figure among the team's faithful, is given a rousing reception at the Arab Contractors Stadium. The Portuguese boss has steered the Red Devils four Champions League titles in two stints with the club.
17:20 Ahly's starting line-up: Sherif Ekrami, Sherif Abdel-Fadil, Wael Gomaa, Mohamed Naguib, Sayed Moawad, Ahmed Fathi, Hossam Ashour, Abdallah El-Said, Walid Soliman, Mohamed Abou-Treika, Ahmed Abdel-Zaher.
16:45 Ahly's winger Walid Soliman should be fit to take part in the match after shrugging off a foot injury,
16:30 Ahly's team has arrived at the Arab Contractors Stadium, around 90 minutes before kick-off.
Police said they wanted to prevent ticketless spectators from entering the stadium. Read more
The Egyptian central security forces have used teargas cannisters on Sunday afternoon to disperse Ahly fans who are trying to enter Arab Contractors Stadium, Ahram Arabic website reported.
The gates of the stadium will be opened since 11:00 AM until the stadium is packed.
Today's clash will be the first to take place in Cairo since the February 2012 Port Said disaster left over 70 Ahly fans dead following crowd riot in the Suez Canal city.
Egyptian side Ahly are on the brink of winning a record-extending eighth Champions League title as they host South Africa’s Orlando Pirates in the final second-leg on Sunday.
The Red Devils are expected to be roared on by the passionate crowd they have been missing in most of their Champions League matches, which they were forced to hold more than 400 km away from Cairo due to security concerns in the capital.
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