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April 4, 2022

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Al Ahly qualify for quarter-finals of CAF Champions League

Al Ahly qualify for quarter-finals of CAF Champions League

Al Ahly coach, Pitso Mosimane

Story highlights

  • Al Ahly were on top of Al-Hilal after the break
  • Al Hilal risked playing a high line but their timing was spot on

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PITSO Mosimane's Al Ahly qualified for the quarter-finals of the CAF Champions League after a narrow 1-0 win over Al-Hilal in the last group game on Sunday evening.

Mosimane made four changes from the side that thrashed Al-Merreikh, as Aliou Dieng, Ayman Ashraf, Karim Fouad and Ahmed Abdelkader were all recalled while Percy Tau retained his place in the line-up.

Al Ahly were forceful in the early stages as Abdelkader came close to giving them the lead in the 18th minute with a header in the box from Afsha's cross that was smothered by goalkeeper Ali Abu-Eshrein.

Al Hilal risked playing a high line but their timing was spot on, as they kept the Red Devils away from their goal although they were unable to trouble shot-stopper Mohamed El Shenawy, as the sides were deadlocked at halftime.

Al Ahly were on top of Al-Hilal after the break, and Tau had a chance to break the deadlock on the hour-mark after a pass by Afsha in the box but he dragged his effort wide.

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Mosimane made an attacking change in the 67th minute as Mohamed Sherif made way for Hussein El Shahat, who went on to broke the deadlock 16 minutes before time with a neat finish into bottom corner after he was setup by Abdelkader.

Tau came close five minutes before time with a looping strike that was kept out by Abu-Eshrein but the hosts held on to book their spot in the quarter-finals as runners-up in the group behind Mamelodi Sundowns while Al-Hilal finished in third place. Soccer Laduma

 

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