31 ‘At the other end, a low tame shot from Wydad striker Gbagbo Magbi is easily recovered by goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawi
31 ‘Ahly displays flashes of their complex passing game under Mosimane
29 ‘Wydad’s Brahim El Nakach makes a timely interception to clear a lively Maaloul’s diagonal cross before he reaches Ajayi
27 ‘Ali Maaloul does an about-face after another well-worked escape from Ahly
25 ‘Ahly’s lone striker Marwan Mohsen tries a daring long-range shot but it goes over the bar
24 ‘After an Ahly counter-attack, Ali Maaloul finds Hussein El-Shahat with an inviting cross but El-Shahat’s cross is cleared by the legs of the keeper
21 ‘Yahia Attiyat Allah from Wydad receives a yellow card
21 ‘Wydad winger Ismail El Haddad passes Mohamed Hani on the left but his rebel center hits the side net
20 ‘Ahly Aliou Dieng’s Malian midfielder is cautioned for a foul on Wydad’s Aymane El Hassouni
18 ‘Ahly are hampered by poorly placed passes in front of their own zone as the pressure from Wydad mounts
16 ‘The first chance for Wydad! A long ball towards the line is returned to the area, where Brahim El Nakach appears to send a sliding effort away from the post
15 ‘Wydad applies a little pressure but Ahly’s defense clears his weak centers
12 ‘Wydad sends long balls to the flanks, but they haven’t created a clear chance yet
10 ‘The tempo is fast in the first 10 minutes!
8 ‘Yasser Ibrahim is stolen from the byline by Ahly’s defense clears the danger
8 ‘During Wydad’s first effort, an angled free kick from Aymane El Hassouni goes over the bar
6 ‘Egyptians take Wydad by surprise after starting with an adventurous approach
5 ‘Ahly make a dream start to Casablanca!
4 Ahly opens the scoring after a terrible defensive error! Yahya Jabrane, the last man, is stolen by playmaker Magdi Afsha who charges towards the goal and calmly places the ball in the bottom corner 4 ‘GOOOOOOAL FOR AHLY !!!
2 ‘The free kick is launched in the box and the central defender Yasser Ibrahim directs it high
2 ‘Ahly gets a free kick on the left after the release of Junior Ajayi The match is in progress
Wydad: Reda Tagnaouti – Abdellatif Nousseir, Yahia Attiyat Allah, Brahim Najm Eddine – Yahya Jabrane, Walid El Karti, Aymane El Hassouni, Brahim El Nakach – Badi Aouk, Ismail El Haddad, Gbagbo Magbi
Ahly: Mohamed El-Shennawi – Mohamed Hani, Yasser Ibrahim, Ayman Ashraf, Ali Maaloul – Aliou Dieng, Amr El-Sulaya, Mohamed « Afsha » Magdi – Hussein El Shahat, Junior Ajayi, Marwan Mohsen
8:00 PM Coach Mosimane made some changes to his roster by re-establishing Ali Maaloul and Ayman Ashraf in defense to keep veteran defender Ahmed Fathi on the bench He also chose experienced striker Marwan Mohsen to lead the attack. Ahly instead of Senegalese shooter Aliou Badji
6:00 PM Mosimane also faces a selection dilemma from the start In a lone striker position, Marwan Mohsen and Senegalese Aliou Badji missed their shot, although Mohsen has a slight advantage after scoring twice in a 2-0 Egyptian league win over Enppi earlier this month
5:00 p.m. Mosimane gives his last conference for the players at the hotel before going to the stadium
16:00 « We had a tight schedule in the Moroccan ‘Botola’, but my players are ready I thank them for their great efforts despite their exhaustion and especially in the midst of this pandemic », added the coach of Wydad
15:20 « It’s a crucial game Our goal is to go to the final and lift the cup, » said Wydad coach Miguel Gamondi
3:00 p.m. Wydad could also face a shortage at the back, reports suggesting that Salaheddine Saidi, a natural midfielder who was to be deployed in defense, will miss the game after contracting COVID-19
2:30 p.m. A recent injury to Ayman Ashraf left Ahly with only one recognized center-back to Yasser Ibrahim, who usually makes costly mistakes
However, Ashraf has recovered and should be fit to team up Ibrahim against Wydad, with Mosimane saying he is ready to introduce a natural midfielder to the heart of the defense in an emergency.
2:10 p.m. Ahly’s influential winger Mahmoud ‘Kahraba’ Abdel-Moneim, who left the last league game against Pyramids FC due to a muscle injury, continued his rehabilitation program during the team’s camp in Morocco according to the club’s website The Egypt international seems not to be available for the Wydad match tonight
13:55 But the biggest question Mosimane will face is whether he can fill in the gaps in the backline of Ahly, who is missing three center-backs due to injury – Rami Rabia, Mahmoud Metwalli and Saad Samir
13:45 In their few games under Mosimane, Egyptian Premier League champions Ahly appeared more compact and relied more on a possession-based style, sometimes producing a complex passing game
13:25 « We have a lot of injured players, but I can’t complain It’s football and we played a few games without our key players and still got some positive results I believe in my team, » added Coach Ahly
13:20 Ahly has a chance this year to settle scores with Wydad and reach their third final in four years, and with coach Pitso Mosimane they have a new conviction
« I know Wydad well, they are a strong team, and we respect them, and they also know Ahly very well. But we are here to have a positive result, and why not go home with a victory, » said at CAFonline the South African boss, who succeeded Swiss René Weiler on October 1com
1:00 p.m. Ahly will host Moroccan rival Wydad of Casablanca at the Cairo stadium in the return leg of the African Champions League semi-final, the club announced on Saturday
« CAF has officially informed us that the return match against Wydad on October 23 will be played at the international stadium in Cairo, » Ahly said in a statement via its official website.
12:30 p.m. Wydad won 2-1 overall but Ahly had another shot at the elusive trophy the following year, only to lose again, this time to Esperance Tunisienne
12:15 Three years ago, a powerful Ahly team looked well equipped to win the coveted trophy for the first time since 2013 after reaching the final, only to be belied by the dynamic Wydad, then inspired by Moroccan winger Achraf Bencharki, who is now in the ranks of the Cairo enemy of Ahly Zamalek
11:45 Once again, Morocco’s Wydad oppose Ahly’s long-awaited African Champions League triumph as the two teams meet in a mouth-watering first-leg of the last four matches in Casablanca on Saturday
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