RELIVE: Tunisia’s Esperance v Egypt’s Ahly (CAF Champions League final)

Ahram Online , Saturday 18 May 2024

Ahram Online provided a live coverage for Saturday’s match between Tunisia’s Esperance and Egypt’s Ahly in the first leg of the CAF Champions League final

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Ahly v Esperance

 

Full time: Esperance 0-0 Ahly

 

Lineups:

Esperance: Amenallah Memmiche - Mohamed Ben Ali (Raed Bouchniba 69), Amine Ben Hamida, Yassine Meriah, Mohamed Amine Tougai - Roger Aholou, Ghayléne Chaaleli, Houssem Teka (Zakareya El Ayeb 69) - Yan Sasse (Oussama Bougerra 81), Rodrigo Rodrigues (Mohamed Ben Hammouda 90), Houssam Eddine Ghacha

Ahly: Mostafa Shobeir - Mohamed Hany, Rami Rabia, Mohamed Abdel-Moneim, Ali Maaloul (Karim Fouad 7') - Akram Tawfik, Marwan Attia, Emam Ashour (Mohamed Afsha 80) - Hussein El-Shahat, Percy Tau (Reda Slim 80), Wessem Abou Ali

90+5 Full time

90+4 Free kick to Esperance. Shobeir punches the ball clear.

90' Ref shows 5 minutes of injury time.

89' El Shahat shoots from outside the box but it goes into the hands of the keeper.

87' Free kick for Ahly, Slim crosses the ball into the box but the Tunisian defenders clear the danger.

84' Ahly is pushing forward at the end of the game.

80' Reda Slim and Afsha are introduced into the game.

77' Hany exchanges passes with Tawfik but he is dispossessed by the defenders.

75' We're going into the final quarter.

72' Long pass to Abou Ali but he fails to control the ball and it goes to a goal kick.

69' Tau attempts to make a solo run but he loses the ball.

66' Ashour tries to create someting with Abou Ali but they are outnumbered by the Tunisian defenders. 

64' Hany attempts from long range but it goes wide.

60' Ashour has an attempt but it goes next to the post.

55' Fast counter for Ahly but El Shahat's shot is blocked by the defence.

52' Free kick to Esperance. Meriah meets the ball at the far post but he misses the target.

50' It's a slow start again as both teams are very cautious.

47' Corner for Ahly. Ball is cleared by the defence.

46' Second half is underway

45+2' Half time

44' Ref shows 2 minutes of injury time.

40' Free kick to Esperance from a dangerous position, Chaalali's shot goes just over the top corner.

38' Yellow card for Mohamed Hany.

35' Free kick to Esperance, Alohou's poor effort goes next to the post.

32' Yellow card for Fouad.

30' Long pass to El Shahat in the box but Memmiche goes out of his goal and holds the ball.

24' El Shahat has another attempt but it goes over the bar.

21' Long pass to Abou Ali but he fails to skip past the last defender.

20' Free kick to Esperance but Abdel-Moneim clears the danger.

16' El Shahat has an attempt on goal but it goes wide.

13' Ashour makes a solo run but he's fouled Aholou. He gets a yellow card for that challenge.

10' Esperance are pushing forward in these early minutes.

7' First sub for Ahly, Karim Fouad replaces injured Ali Maaloul.

5' What a chance for Esperance. Rodrigo came close from scoring but his header went inches next to the post.

0' Match is underway

21:30 It's a great atmosphere in a stadium packed Rades stadium.

21:15 Players are warming up

21:00 Koller has fielded his best available lineup. Mostafa Shobeir will start the game as expected while international Mohamed El Shennawy will be on the bench.

20:10 Ahly's coach Marcel Koller holds an impressive personal record in the competition, leading his side in 26 matches since his appointment in September 2022. During this time, he secured 17 wins and 7 draws, suffering only 2 defeats, both occurring in the group stage. Notably, the Swiss tactician guided the Red Devils to a resounding semi-final victory over Esperance last season, triumphing in both legs.

17:20 Rades stadium is ready for the final

16:10 Esperance will enjoy a packed stadium as all the tickets were sold out and the club announced it will provide extra tickets for their supporters.

15:00 At the same time, the holders are suffering from several absentees, for different reasons, including midfielders Amr El-Sulaya and Ahmed Nabil, wingers Ahmed Abdel-Kader, Taher Mohamed, and Mohamed Dhaoui.

14:00 In Saturday's game, Ahly will be boosted by the return of key duo goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawy and Malian midfielder Aliou Dieng after successfully recovering from their injuries.

13:00 Defending champions Ahly reached the CL final after a 3-0 aggregate victory over TP Mazembe of DR Congo in the semifinals. Meanwhile, Esperance, who are seeking their fifth title and the first since their triumphant campaign in 2019, secured their spot in the final after securing a 2-0 aggregate win over Mamelodi Sundowns FC of South Africa.

12:00 Eyeing their 12th CAF Champions League title, Cairo giants Ahly will have no other choice but to win when they visit Tunisian rivals Esperance in the first leg of the prestigious continental tournament final on Saturday

Venue: Stade Olympique Hammadi Agrebi (Radès)

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