Pyramids FC reach Confederation Cup group stage after victory over Racing Club

Ahram Online , Sunday 21 Feb 2021

Last season's runners-up Pyramids FC through to the Confederation Cup group stage with a 4-0 aggregate victory over Ivorian side Racing Club

Pyramids FC
(photo: Pyramids FC official Twitter account)

Egyptian side Pyramids FC secured their place in the Confederation Cup group stage after defeating Ivorian side Racing Club 2-0 in the second leg of the competition's play-off at Cairo's Air Defence stadium on Sunday.

Pyramids also won last week's first leg in Abidjan with the same scoreline to progress with a comprehensive 4-0 aggregate win. 

Uruguayan striker Diego Rolan opened the scoring after two minutes and in-form winger Ramadan Sobhi doubled the lead with 15 minutes remaining. 

Pyramids dominated the match despite missing key regulars through injury, including experienced duo Abdallah El-Said and Ahmed Fathi.

The big-spending club needed just two minutes to kill off the visitors' slim hopes when winter signing Rolan fired home following a fine cross from Ahmed Mansour.

Burkinabe midfielder Eric Traore wasted a chance to make it 2-0 on 18 minutes when he broke clear, only to shoot wide with the goal at his mercy.

A drab second half only sprang to life in the 75th minute when Sobhi scored following a superb solo effort, skipping past  two challengers and the keeper to slot into an empty net.

Pyramids reached the Confederation Cup final last season on their maiden appearance in Africa's secondary club competition, only to lose 1-0 to Morocco's RS Berkane.

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