Two converted penalties from Soliman and a goal from Al Sulaya gave Ah Ahly a 3-1 advantage going into the second leg of th CAF Champions League final.
Al-Ahly vs ES Tunis match report:
Al Ahly have the advantage going into the second leg of the CAF Champions league, after they defeated ES Tunis 3-1 one at home. The dramatic and physical contest saw three of the four goals come from penalties, two of which were VAR awarded.
As expected the home side controlled the game, and opened the scoring just after the half hour mark, when Azarou – who found himself on the end of a Hamoudi pass that cut the Tunis defence in half – was taken down illegally as he took the ball around goalkeeper Cherifa. After the referee consulted VAR, Soliman stepped up to calmly convert the penalty, giving the hosts the lead.
The Tunis defence had struggled to deal with Al Ahly’s talented front line, and in the 58th minute they made a shambles of dealing with a cross that allowed Al Sulaya to slot one past the keeper from close range. At that point Tunis seemed dead and buried, until 8 minutes later the referee awarded another penalty, this time to the visitors, and Belaili drove it into the left hand corner – a vital away goal that put them back in the game.
But their hopes were soon dashed in the 78th minute, when the referee gave Al Ahly a second VAR-awarded penalty. Soliman again had no problem scoring from the spot and the game was now passed Tunis. Although the visitors nearly had a second away goal in the 89th minute that would have completely changed the scenario in the second leg: Merji played a clever first time pass to Belaili which left him one on one with the keeper, but El Shenawy made himself big to allow no way past him. And with Belaili failing to take advantage of that golden opportunity, the game finished 3-1. With a two goal advantage travelling to Tunisia next Friday, Al Ahly will be hotly favoured to go on to lift a record 13th CAF Champions League title.
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95' And that's it!! Advantage Al Ahly going into the second leg. No surprises with the result, 3-1 it finishes. 3 converted penalties -- 2 VAR awarded -- in this game. A slight consolation for the visitors is the away goal, but they have a big deficit to make up, and against a much better team.
93' Shot from Islam Mohareb (Al Ahly) from outside the box is well saved as it sailed towards the top right corner.
90' There will be four minutes added on
87' Yellow for Hany for Al Ahly. The cards are coming out thick and fast in the dying stages, and it's taken the life out of the game.
83' Another yellow for Tunis, this time Kom, who struck Mohareb in the face as he tried to get passed him down the line. Tunis look like they've nothing more to give now.
82' Hamoudi goes for a goal... it's a decent effort and it's clattered the cross bar!!
81' Yellow for Tunis defende Derbaili for a challenge on Hamoudi and now the hosts a have a free kick from a dangerous area.
77' Penalty converted by Soliman, a rocket into the left hand side, sent the keeper the wrong way. That's 3-1! Four goals in this game, 3 of which have been from penalties, and two of those were awarded by VAR.
76' He's given the penalty!! I'm not sure why?
73' The ref is going to VAR over a penalty for Al Ahly. There was a scuffle in the box. And an Al Ahly striker ended up on the floor.
71' Match resumes after a Moez Ben Cherifia injury
64' GOALTunes !! Penalty scored by Belaili. He drives it into the lefr hand corner. The keeper guessed the right way but had no chance..
61' Tunes waste a corner. It's well overcooked and sails over the dead ball line.
58' GOAL AL AHLY!! The hosts break down the right, a cross comes in and Al Sulaya is the first to it and he slots it past the keeper. Awful defending from Tunis. There were four defenders in the box and they should have done better to deal with the lone attacker.
55' 55'Youcef Belaïli puts in a corner cross for Tunis. It sails towards the far post and Dhaouadi tries a header from a difficult angle. But its saved.
53' Now Soliman is down and recieving treatment...
51' ES Tunis have a chance from a free kick about 35 yards out. They put it deep towards the dead ball line but nothing comes of it and its back in the hands of the Al Ahly keeper.
49' Hamoudi is now down and getting some treatment, after he took a knock while challenging for the ball in the air.
47' Bright start from the hosts. They're passing it around with ease. Hamoudi is found in space on the right. He has a go from 25 yards but he doesn't connect well and it's way wide.
46' And the second half is underway!
And the second half is about to kick off..
46' Half time! And the hosts are on top. But Tunis are still in this, they've had their fair share of chances but just lacking that killer instinct in front of goal.
44' Walid Azarou plays a through ball, for Walid Soliman is caught offside.
43' Nice passing and moving from Al Ahly but the final pass is too heavy and it's out for a goal kick.
41' Tunis get into a right old pickle at the back and Cherifia is forced into a sprawling save from a deflected shot. Sharp work from the keeper there.
39' Badri has a chance to strike a free kick just outside the Ah Ahly box.... but it's straight at the wall.
36' Tunis win a corner but it comes to nothing as the home defence pump it clear.
33' Soliman tucks the penalty into the corner!! It's one-nil to the hosts!
32' And the ref has given the penalty. Azarou hand managed to round the keeper, but was taken down cynically..
Cherifia arguing the toss quite vehemently with the ref but nothing doing.
30' Possible PENALTY for Al Ahly!! Hamoudi cuts open the defence with a wonderful through ball for Azarou. But he was taken down by the keeper. It looked like an obvious pen, But the ref has gone to VAR
26' Al Ahly's Soloman uses the outside of this both to chip one into the path of Azarou, but it's too far ahead of him and the Tunis keeper is first to it. Azarou give him the thumbs up to acknowledge the intention.
25' There has been a lot of fouling from both sides today. And there goes another one, this time it's Amr El Soleya.
23' Ahmed Fathy has come off with an injury and has been replaced by Mohamed Hany
21' Belail plays a through ball for Khenissi (ES Tunis) and his left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.
19' Cross from the corner comes in from the left hand side, but it's cleared away by Tunis, almost off the line.
17' Yellow card for Dhaouadi for a challenge on Azarou just outside his own penalty area. And the Tunis coach does not seem happy. He's givng the assistant ref an earful.
12' Ahmed Fatty beats his man at the edge of the box, but he's pushed the ball too far forward and he can't get to it before it goes wide.
10' Tunis whip one into the box from a free kick. It's goes deep towards Coulibaly, who gets his head to it but it's wide.
8' Decent ball into the box form Chalali, but it's saved El Shenawy. That's encouraging football from the visitors.
6' Free kick launched into the box for Al Ahly but its cleared away by Tunis defence
3' There's a lengthy pause in proceedings as Chemmam recieves treatment on a head injury while Soliman appears to be suffering from cramp!
First half is underway
Almost time for kick off here
Both sides faced off against each other in the group stage of the competition this season, as Ahly won 1-0 in Tunisia while it was goalless in Egypt.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the first leg of the 2018 CAF Champions League final between Al-Ahly and ES Tunis from the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria. Kick-off is at 20:00 CET.
Al-Ahly vs ES Tunis live online: match preview
Egyptian champions Al-Ahly host Espérance de Tunis in the opening leg of the CAF Champions League final at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria on Friday evening with the winner going on to represent Africa at the Club World Cup in the UAE in December.
Al-Ahly, eight times CAF Champions League winners, will be looking to banish the memory of last season’s final, when they fell to Wydad Casablanca 2-1 on aggregate after carving out a 1-1 draw at home in the opening leg. ES Tunis, meanwhile, have not won the competition since 2011 when they saw off the Moroccan side 1-0 over two legs.
Runners-up in 2010 and 2012, when they faced Al-Ahly in the final and went down 3-2 on aggregate, ES Tunis got the better of the Egyptian giants in the group stage of this year’s tournament, carving out a 1-0 win at home after a 0-0 draw in Cairo – a result the Tunisian club will happily take as they seek to put one over the side that knocked them out in last year’s quarter-finals.
Patrice Carteron’s side will be contesting their 12th continental final with a record eight wins to their name – something that has led the club to be regarded as an African Real Madrid in the big trophy stakes.
The French coach has fashioned a side that are hard to break down and quick on the break, with Walid Soleman a particular menace for opposition defences. 23-year-old Morocco striker Walid Azaro has been making a name for himself in the tournament and has six goals so far. After being named in Morocco’s preliminary World Cup squad he was omitted for the finals in Russia but has since added another cap to his tally after ending last season as the Egypt Premier League’s top scorer as Ah-Ahly claimed the title.
Among the Tunisians’ most potent weapons is current CAF Champions League top scorer Anice Badri, who found the net twice for his country in pre-World Cup friendlies and can operate across the attacking line. Mostly from the right wing, Badri has bagged seven in the competition and was instrumental in turning the semi-final in his side’s favour in the second leg against 1º de Agosto as ES Tunis came back from a 2-0 aggregate deficit to win 4-3.
That is precisely what Moïn Chabani will be aiming to prevent in the Borg El Arab Stadium, where his side have traditionally emerged unscathed with four draws in their last six visits. History favours the Egyptian champions though, with ES Tunis not having beaten them since the quarter-finals in 2011.