Al-Ahly snatches victory from Medeama and Sudanese Al-Hilal draws against Pietro de Luanda

February 23, 2024
Al-Ahly snatches victory from Medeama and Sudanese Al-Hilal draws against Pietro de Luanda

Al-Ahly of Egypt, aspiring to retain the title and enhance its current record, snatched a valuable victory from its host, Medeama of Ghana, in a match hosted by the “Baba Yara” Stadium on Friday in the city of Kumasi, within the fourth group competitions of the African Champions League. As part of the matches of the fifth round of the third group of the group stage of the same tournament, Al Hilal of Sudan ended its match in a goalless draw against its guest, Petro Atletico of Angola. Petro Atletico leads the group standings, while the Sudanese team Al Hilal is in fourth and last place.

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Qualify Al-Ahly Al-Masry, the defending champion, advances to the quarter-finals in the competition African Champions League Football, after snatching an important victory over its host Medeama of Ghana 1-0 in Kumasi, at the opening of the fifth round of the fourth group competitions for the group stage.

Al-Ahly overcame several difficult circumstances, most notably the absence of a large number of its most prominent players, especially Mahmoud Abdel Moneim “Kahraba” and Malian Aliou Dieng and others, in addition to undergoing a very arduous journey on his way to the Ghanaian city after the plane broke down in the capital, Accra, during the refueling process, which caused a delay. The mission to reach Kumasi overnight.

The only goal was scored by Hussein Al-Shahat in the 48th minute.

Al-Ahly raised its score to nine points at the top of Group Four, temporarily moving away by four points from its pursuers, Algeria’s Club Belouizdad and Tanzania’s Young Africans, who meet on Saturday in Dar es Salaam, while Medeama’s score froze at four points.

Al-Ahly suffered from pressure from the host team at the beginning of the match, which forced Swiss coach Marcel Kohler’s team to retreat to its area, and goalkeeper Mustafa Schubert took responsibility, as he blocked many Ghanaian shots.

Striker Bernardinho Tetteh shot a powerful ball, but the Egyptian goalkeeper saved it with his fingertips over the goal.

The Egyptian team almost seized the lead through Hussein El-Shahat, who shot over the crossbar after Amr El-Soulia’s perfect pass.

The home team increased its pressure, in an attempt to take advantage of the unjustified confusion of Al-Ahly’s defence, and Daniel Lomotti penetrated from the left side, dodging Mohamed Hani and shot from inside the penalty area into the outside net, then Hamidou Fatawu fired a powerful ball from a direct free kick, which Schubert deflected to a corner.

Al-Ahly players tried to control the midfield to relieve the burden on the team’s defence, but they were hampered by the extreme slowness in transmitting the attack and poor passing, and they were clearly affected by the poor pitch and absences.

Only a few minutes had passed since the start of the second half, until the Egyptian team opened the scoring when Al-Soulia began the attack and passed the ball deep into the Ghanaian defense to Frenchman Anthony Modeste, who prepared it for Hussein Al-Shahat, who did not hesitate to shoot it into the net.

Medeama players tried to get back in the score, and Derek Fredgour shot from inside the area, which Schubert controlled.

The Egyptian goalkeeper continued his brilliance for the second match in a row after the first last week against Belouizdad. He blocked Tetteh’s header from inside the penalty area and then bounced back to substitute Diawiese Taylor, turning it into a header that bounced off the left post and was dispersed by the defence.

The Palestinian substitute, Wissam Abu Ali, in his first official participation with Al-Ahly, almost doubled the score when he shot a powerful ball, but goalkeeper Felix Keay saved it successfully.

A valuable point for Pietro di Luanda

Pietro de Luanda became the second team to reach the quarter-finals, after returning with a point as a result of a goalless draw against its host Al Hilal of Sudan at the Benina Martyrs Stadium in the Libyan city of Benghazi in the third group.

This is the third time that the Angolan team has reached the quarter-finals, as it strengthened its lead in the group with 9 points, and Al-Hilal also raised its score to 5 points in second place.

On Saturday, in the same group, Esperance (5 points) and its host Etoile du Sahel (4 points) will meet in a Tunisian “Classico”.

The Angolan team kept a clean sheet for the fifth match in a row, and is on the cusp of a historic record in the tournament by ending the group stage without conceding a goal.

Despite the Sudanese team’s pressure, the visiting team scored a goal through Jaredi, which the referee ruled out for offside.

The chances in both halves were not effective, especially in the second half, which was weak.

France 24/AFP

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