Al-Ahly advanced in the final of the African Champions League, with a 4-0 victory over its guest, ES Setif of Algeria, in the first leg of the semi-finals of the tournament at Al-Salam Stadium in Cairo on Saturday 7 May.
Al-Ahly revealed its offensive intention from the beginning, while the guests resorted to the defensive bloc while trying to rely on counter-attacks. The Egyptian Mohamed Taher (left in the 68th minute) scored an early goal for Al-Ahly in the third minute, but the referee canceled it for offside after referring to the video technology “VAR”.
Al-Ahly tried to break the defensive bloc of the guests by shooting from outside the penalty area; South African striker Percy Tao hit the left post of ES Setif goalkeeper in the 20th minute, then the left post blocked two successive shots from the Egyptians Ahmed Abdel Qader and Hussein El-Shahat (he left in the 68th minute) in the 21st and 22nd minutes.
The hosts waited until the 30th minute to decipher the Algerian team’s defense with a header from Percy Tau, who benefited from a precise cross kick sent to him by his colleague Taher Mohamed. ES Setif completed the match with ten men after sending off Algerian player Amir Karaoui in the 35th minute.
Al-Ahly continued its offensive period to consolidate its progress in the second half, and scored the second goal in the 54th minute through Taher Mohamed after receiving a cross from Percy Tau, who headed it into the net. Then the Egyptian Mohamed Sharif (he participated as a substitute in the 68th minute) added the third goal in the 72nd minute. .
Percy Tau concluded the home side’s goal celebration, scoring the fourth goal, to end the match with a comfortable victory before the return match that will be held on May 14.
Moroccan Wydad returns with a precious victory from Angolan Petro Atlético Stadium
In the other match that took place earlier in the same day, Wydad Athletic returned with a precious victory from Angolan Petro Atlético Stadium (1-3), to set foot in the final of the tournament, which will be held on May 29.
The match coincided with preparations for the celebration of the 85th anniversary of the founding of the Moroccan club on Sunday (8 May), to gift the team to its fans this victory that brought Wydad close to the final match.
Wydad advanced with an early goal with “friendly fire”, scored by Brazilian Thiago Azulao by an own goal in the 16th minute, and Moroccan Yahya Jebran added the second goal of Wydad in the 45th minute, to end the first half with two clean goals for the Moroccan team.
The second half witnessed the hosts rush to attack in search of a positive result in the match they hosted at their stadium, while Wydad players retreated to the back areas, relying on counter-attacks to enhance their progress.
Wydad striker, Congolese Guy Mbenza, took advantage of one of the counterattacks, scoring the third goal for Wydad, then Angolan striker Jobe scored the goal to reduce the difference for the hosts with a direct free kick in the 81st minute. Petro Atlético ended the match with ten men after his Brazilian player Willian Soares was sent off in the 90+ minute. 1, to miss the return match that will be held on May 14.
3 reasons gave Al-Ahly of Egypt the big victory over ES Setif
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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