Egyptian giants Al Ahly beat Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca 2-0 in the first leg of the CAF Champions League semi-finals on Saturday evening.
Pitso Mosimane’s men,playing away, started the game with a bang and scored after just five minutes of play through Mohamed Magdy Afsha.
Afsha managed to capitalize on a defensive error and went through on goal before calmly finishing to score his side’s opening goal of the evening
In the 39th minute, Wydad forward Gbagbo Junior Magbi was fouled and brought down in Al Ahly’s box by Mohamed El-Shennawy giving the referee no choice but to award a penalty after consulting VAR.
Badie Aouk stepped up to take the penalty but his effort was parried away and the rebound was calmly collected by El-Shenawy in a heroic double save.
Hussein El-Shahat had a great opportunity to double Al Ahly’s advantage in the 57th minute of the game but his finish was saved by Wydad goalkeeper Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti.
Three minutes later, Al Ahly were awarded a penalty as Junior Ajayi’s shot hit an arm of one of the defenders inside the box. Veteran fullback, Ali Maaloul, converted successfully from the spot to double his side’s lead.
The victory put the Red Devils in prime position ahead of the second leg of the semi-finals.
They host Wydad in the second leg clash of the semi-finals in Cairo next Friday