|Nov 4 1730 GMT
Al Ahly Cairo (Egypt) - Espérance
Tunis (Tunisia) 0:0
-Al Ahly in blue stockings,
white shorts, red shirts, Espérance in red stockings, black shorts,
and red and yellow (gold) striped shirts, both teams wear their Coca Cola
-The first 25 minutes see
fast and fluent football with a surprise domination of Al Ahly, agressive
in midfield and variable attacking. The Egyptians work out a few half chances
while Espérance have to go back to counter attacks. The visitors
have fielded their Brazilian midfielders Adailton and Reinaldo while returner
Kanzari and striker Ali Zitouni are not on the field.
The biggest chances so far
for Al Ahly after 26 minutes when a shot wipes over the crossbar (Alaa
Ibrahim had danced out the defence) and after 36 minutes a #30 attempt
saved by the Espérance keeper and the second attempt by Tcherno
rolls wide left with the keeper beaten.
After 43 minutes Al Ahly
defender Ibrahim Said makes a mistake and loses the ball against Espérance
#11 who has free way to the goal. He stops him by a foul and is lucky to
see only yellow. The free kick is saved by the keeper, the lose ball is
fired against the outside of the net (Reinaldo).
Al Ahly's rebuilt side looks
much improved and dominated long periods of the first half. But Espérance
have been able to hold them and are suggesting they might be able to use
one of their rare opportunities. Especially as Al Ahly could pay tribute
to their resource eating style of the first half and lose concentration
towards the end of the match
-Espérance with better
control in the first 15 minutes but Al Ahly with a big opportunity, a 17
meter free kick after the Tunisian keeper accidentaly handled the ball
outside the penalty are.
-substitue #9 Khaled Bibo
came on for Al Ahly after 70 minutes to revive the Egyptian attacking game
with a fulminant long range attempt (wide) and a brilliant through ball
5 minutes later which led to a short range attempt saved by the keeper.
Espérance defence in immediate confusion allowed more big opportunities
in the following seconds including one of the most spectacular scenes I
can remember to have seen:
an unbelievable bombardment
of the Tunisian goal which sees a ball hit the crossbar, a second saved,
a third hitting the goalpost, a fourth saved and a fifth blocked
for a corner, all in less than 10 seconds timespan ('78).
- 8 minutes to the end Espérance
become dangerous on a set play, a free kick cross from the right, but have
to survive further Al Ahly attacking waves in the final 5 minutes before
the 90 minute mark.
5 minutes injury time are
signaled and after a dangerous lookoing low short free kick by Al Ahly
(goes wide) Espérance manage tu run out the clock
final score 0:0
An entertaining match with
some good football despite the goal drought. Everything remains open for
the second match with Espérance in the slightly better position.