Egypt's Ahly settle for 0-0 draw at ASEC in dull Champions League game

Ahram Online , Wednesday 24 Aug 2016

Ahly v ASEC
Ahly lost to ASEC in the home Champions League game in June (Reuters)

Egypt's Ahly and Ivory Coast's ASEC Mimosas, who both had already lost any hopes of reaching the semis, played out a dull 0-0 draw in their last group stage game of the African Champions League on Wednesday.

Goalscoring chances were few and far between in a meaningless affair at the Robert Champroux Stadium in Abidjan, with the ailing Ahly failing to avenge a 2-1 loss at home to ASEC in June.

Despite the scarcity of chances, Ahly could have gone ahead on three occasions but off-form striker Amr Gamal wasted two of the opportunities with the goal at his mercy.

He could only shoot straight at the keeper from close range after being found unmarked by a low cross in the first five minutes and sent a free header wide in the dying minutes.

Tunisian winger Ali Maaloul also spurned a chance on 16 minutes when his close-range side-foot shot was thwarted by ASEC keeper Herve Kouakou.

Ahly's stuttering form of late led to the resignation of Dutch coach Martin Jol amid reports that he had received death threats following the 2-2 draw at home to Zambia's ZESCO United earlier this month, which killed off their hopes of pursuing a record-extending ninth Champions League triumph.

The Red Devils only claimed one win in the six group-stage matches, losing twice and drawing three times.

Morocco's Wydad advanced as the Group A winners with 11 points, two ahead of Zambia's ZESCO United who joined them in the last four.

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