Al-Ahly of Egypt came very close to booking a ticket to the final of the African Champions League 2022, after its great victory (4-0) against its guest, ES Setif, in the match hosted by Al-Salam Stadium in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, Saturday, May 7, in the first leg of the semi-finals. from the competition.
The match came almost from one side, as Al-Ahly imposed its style completely on the guests, especially after the numerical shortage in the ranks of ES Setif and the expulsion of its player Amir Karaoui at the 35th minute, and completing the match with ten players.
The hosts managed to score 4 goals, starting with a header from South African Percy Tau in the 30th minute, and Taher Mohamed Taher added the second goal at the 54th minute from a header as well, and “substitute” Mohamed Sharif reinforced Al-Ahly’s advance with a third goal at the 72nd minute after he was singled out for the goal. Then Tao signed the last goal at the 90th minute.
With this result, Al-Ahly (the title holder) is on the cusp of qualifying for the 2022 African Champions League final, as ES Setif needs a miracle to return to the result during the return match that will be held on Saturday, May 14 at the July 5 Stadium.
Below, the winwin website reviews the main reasons that gave Al-Ahly a great advantage over its guest, ES Setif, in the first leg of the 2022 CAF Champions League semi-finals.
1 South African Percy Tau makes the difference with Al-Ahly of Egypt
Percy Tau presented a very special level during the match, and contributed to his team Al-Ahly’s victory over ES Setif; Thanks to his skills and dangerous moves, the player was able to score the opening goal that decoded the Algerian defenses, preceded by the collision of two shots in the post from Ahmed Abdel Qader and Hussein Al-Shahat, and the cancellation of an offside goal scored by Taher Mohamed Taher.
Tao managed to score the first goal with a wonderful header, breaking the offside trap for ES Setif defenders, then the player made the second goal that Taher scored after an elaborate cross, and then gave the South African another gift to his colleague Mohamed Sharif, as he passed a through ball that the Al-Ahly striker exploited and completed the hat-trick. Then, Tao completed his streak of brilliance and scored his team’s second and fourth goals in stoppage time.
2 The poor defensive state of ES Setif
ES Setif’s defense line appeared very poorly during the match, and the guests failed to impose good supervision on the Al-Ahly attackers, and the pressure on the ball carrier was absent. This approach caused many dangerous opportunities for the Red Genie, and the path was open to goalkeeper Sofiane Khedarya for Al-Ahly players.
3- The collapse of ES Setif against Al-Ahly after the expulsion case in the first half
The case of expulsion suffered by ES Setif player, Amir Karaoui, contributed to increasing the suffering of the “Black Eagle” in front of the owners of the land, and although the Algerian team was able in the first half to come out with the slightest damage with a score of 1-0, but in the second half it collapsed completely and could not Al-Ahly match after the numerical shortage, to receive 3 more goals, and its mission becomes almost impossible to qualify during the return match.
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