Ahly set up Wydad showdown in CAF Champions League final

Ahram Online , Saturday 14 May 2022

Egyptian giants Ahly have reached a third straight Champions League final after outclassing Algeria's ES Setif despite a 2-2 draw at Stade 5 Juillet on Saturday.



The Red Devils progressed to the final with a 6-2 aggregate win after a large 4-0 home win last week.

Ahly’s South African winger Percy Tau maintained his scintillating form providing two assists to Ahmed Abdel-Kader after just two minutes and another to Mohamed Sherif deep in injury time to get the equaliser. 

Midfielder Ahmed Kendouci, 44, and striker Riad Benayad, 61, scored on either side of the interval but that was not enough to get anything out of this tie.

Ahly were off to a blistering start as they practically killed the tie when Abdel-Kader combined with Tau to go clear on goal and score the opener after just two minutes.

The Algerian were now in front of a mountain to climb as they needed six goals to qualify for the final.

The Egyptians dominated play but took off their foot from the gas pedal as their ticket to the final seemed secured.

ES Setif pushed forward and Ahmed Kendouci levelled the score in the 44th minute with a powerful strike in the roof of the net.

The hosts upped their game after the break and striker Benayad put them in the lead with a rocketing shot from outside the area.

Coach Pitsmo Mosimane made several changes to control the game again and substitute striker Sherif grabbed a late equaliser after latching onto another though ball from Tau to score at the far post.

Ahly will face Wydad of Morocco in the final on 30 May amid speculation over the venue which was handed to Morocco by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) earlier this week.

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