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Ahram Online provided a live coverage for Saturday's clash between Egypt's Ahly and Ivory Coast's Sewe Sport in the second leg of the African Confederation Cup final

Ahram Online , Saturday 6 Dec 2014
Ahly v Sewe Sport
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Full time: Ahly 1-0 Sewe Sport

90+7 The referee blows the final whistle!! Ahly claim the first-ever CAF Confederation Cup!!

90+6 A cross from Soliman from the right glanced by Meteb past the keeper!! 

90+6 GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!!!!! Emad Meteb heads Ahly in front!!

90+5 The referee gives keeper Gbouhou a yellow card for wasting time feining injury.

90+2 TV replays show Hossam Ghaly should have been awarded a penalty after a lunge on him from an opponent, yet the referee seemed unimpressed!!

90+1 Another glorious chance wasted by Ahly!!! After Sewe defenders cleared a Meteb shot off the line!!

90' The fourth official gives six minutes of stoppage time

88' Keeper Gbouhou produced a great display tonight, getting timely out of goal to gather Ahly's crosses.

86' Ahly boss Garrido introduces forward Mohamed Farouk instead of defender Naguib.

85' Both teams look to have run out of gas now, Ahly need to capitalize on their fatigued opponents in those decisive few minutes left.

83' Rahil, who remained a largely peripheral figure after replacing Sherif Abdel-Fadil, sends in a cross from the left that the keeper eventually collects.

81' Sewe spurn another glorious chance following a dangerous three-on-three situation!! 

80' WHAT A CHANCE!!!! Soliman sees a superb curler miss the target by inches!

79' A strike from the freshly-introduced El-Saied hits an opponent and goes out for corner.

77' Abdallah El-Saied, who makes his comeback from a lenghty injury, replaces Yedan.

76' An ambitious volley by Soliman goes wide, had he found the net with such a shot, that could've been a wonder goal!

73' Sewe again frustrating at the other end! It seems like no team are able to take the right decision in the decisive moments! 

70' Sobhi continues to frustrate his fans with another wide shot, when he had a teammate free on the right hand side of the area.

66' A risky counter by Sewe sees Assale courageously make his way through three men before being eventually fouled by Samir who's subsequently booked.

65' WHAT A CHANCE!!! Soliman sees a strike near to the edge of the area tipped over by the referee!! Ahly are coming close now.

61' A scuffle involving Meteb and Ashour with their opponents after the keeper was allegedly stamped on by Soliman.

60' Sobhi had the chance to put his side in front from the edge of the six-yard box but opted to keep the ball instead as Ahly eventually misses an opportunity.

58' Kameni makes way for Kogjo for the first  change of the game.

56' Another dangerous chance for Sewe!! Aka skies his shot high when it looked almost certain to score!!

53' Soliman wins a free kick near the final third after being fouled by Kouame, but as usual, Sobhi hits it wide!

52' Ahly are now gaining the upper hand, as an earlier penalty shout by Ghaly was turned down by the ref.

49' WHAT A CHANCE!!! An unmarked Yedan sees a shot from inside the area cleared off the line!! Ahly are improving now.

48' Ahly are now piling up pressure, but again no genuine threat on goal, with Ramadan Sobhi again ending the attack with a stray pass into the area.

The second half begins...

45+2 The referee blows the whistle ending the first half, Ahly should find a way to overcome their opponents' resilient reactive game after the break.

45+1 Sobhy breaks into the area from the left but his eventual cross finds no one! Once Sewe eased off their pressure, Ahly proved dangerous outright.

45' Ahly look unable to get around Sewe's pressing game, which starts from high up the pitch. 

41' Meanwhile, Sewe prove dangerous on the break capitalizing on their speed.

40' Ahly began to thrive a little when they were allowed space in front of the Ivorians' defense, as the final tough remains elusive.

38' Sewe's keeper was caught out of his goal after attempting to intercept a through pass towards Meteb, as Ramadan Sobhi's looping effort was palmed by the keeper to go out for corner.

37' Yedan hits the free kick wide.

36' Ahly wins a free kick down the left after Soliman had been pushed by Kameni, shortly after wasting a free kick.

31' Sewe combined well down Ahly's left but eventually sent a powerful cross that no one was able to connect with.

29' WHAT A CHANCE! Sewe could have surely taken the lead, when Kouao - who was marked by Naguib - laid the ball off for Assale who blasted high from inside the area!!

26' Ramadan Sobhi squares the ball to Soliman inside the area, but the latter sends a weak low shot that is easily gathered by the keeper.

24' Ahly had a chance to hit their organized opponents on the break, but overly-hit passes end up their attacks into nothing!

22' Ball mainly restricted to midfield, as Sewe now win a free kick down the right.

16' Sewe are playing a great game so far, almost winning every ball in the air - with Ahly still struggling to find a breakthrough 

15' Emad Meteb has a penalty claim waved away by the referee after being allegedly shoved while receiving a pass from Soliman inside the box.

13' Ahly are struggling to maintain the ball in their legs, the visitors are playing an excellent pressing game!

10' The ensuing corner is headed by Kouao from nearly nine yards, as he narrowly misses the target! Phew, that was close!

9' Assale escapes Ahly's midfield pressure and fires a long-range low strike, but keeper Ekrami gets his hands to it...out for corner.

7' After a spell of mis-hit passes by both teams, Ahly finally win a foul inside the opponents' own half.

3' The first corner of the game won by Ahly, as right back Bassem Aly sees a cross cleared away by the opposition defense.

2' The visitors, who come into the game with a one-goal lead, are pressing Ahly's backline from early on.

The match gets underway amid a foggy atmosphere due to fireworks let off by fans.

Ahly's starting lineup:

Ahmed Adel, Bassem Ali, Saad Samir, Mohamed Naguib, Sherif Abdel-Fadil, Hossam Ashour, Hossam Ghaly, Ramadan Sobhy, Moussa Yedan, Walid Soliman, Emad Meteb 

17:55 The Ahly vociferous fans are letting off flares just few minutes ahead of the game, The Reds could be subject to a fine as a result.

17:45 Coach Garrido has opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation with Sobhy, Soliman and Yedan playing behind striker Meteb. Yedan replaces suspended Mahmoud Hassan "Trezeguet" who has been in an impressive form this season.

17:35 Ahly players are currently warming up. 

Ahly players
Ahly soccer fans cheer for Ahly's players before the second leg of the African Confederation Cup final match against Ivory Coast's Sewe Sport at Cairo International stadium in Cairo, Egypt, Dec. 6, 2014 (Photo: Shereen Abd El-Azem)

17:25 Reports indicate the huge number of fans packing the stadium have exceeded by far the only figures allowed in.

17:15 Former Ahly boss Manuel Jose, who holds a cult status among the Reds' faithful, is now in the stadium.

17:00 Huge number of fans are flocking to Cairo Stadium, which seemingly will be fully packed tonight. 

Ahly soccer fans
Ahly soccer fans cheer before the second leg of the African Confederation Cup final match against Ivory Coast's Sewe Sport at Cairo International stadium in Cairo, Egypt, Dec. 6, 2014 (Photo: Shereen Abd El-Azem)

15:45 Ahly played their Confederation Cup games behind closed doors due to the ongoing crowd ban in home games

15:00 Ahly will be boosted by the presence of up to 25,000 supporters at Cairo Stadium, having had to play their Confederation Cup games behind closed doors due to the ongoing crowd ban in home games

14:30 On paper, Ahly were firm favourites to beat minnows Sewe Sport but they had a largely disappointing night in Abidjan last week, with an error-ridden display giving the hosts a 2-1 first-leg advantage

14:00 The Red Devils are the record holders of the elite Champions League with eight titles but they still have a chance for further glory in Africa's secondary competition

13:30 Egyptian police said that they had discovered 10 bags containing fireworks and banners during checking the stands before allowing the fans to re-enter Cairo stadium

13:15 Ahly seek to make history and become the first Egyptian outfit to win the African Confederation Cup

12:45 Ahly must avoid the defensive lapses that cost them a positive result away from home when they host Ivory Coast's Sewe Sport on Saturday

12:00 Negotiations between officials and Ultras Ahlawy members succeeded. The fans agreed to depart the stadium and undergo inspection procedures before being allowed to re-enter, authorities announced.

11:45 Security authorities have reportedly threatened to cancel the match if the ultras members insisted on remaining on the stands

11:00 Egypt's interior ministry announced that around 2000 members of Ahly hardcore fans (Ultras Ahlawy) tried to storm Cairo stadium in the early hours of Saturday. Police had previously said they would waive a ban on crowd attendance by allowing 25,000 supporters to attend the final match.

Stay tuned as match is due to start at 16:00 GMT (18:00 Cairo time)

First leg result: Sewe Sport 2-1 Ahly

Venue: Cairo stadium

Referee: Rajindraparsad Seechurn (MRI)

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