- Al Ahly defeated Zamalek 2-1 to win the CAF Champions League
- Mohamed ‘Afsha’ Magdy scored the late winner
- The Red Devils secured a spot on the FIFA Club World Cup
Al Ahly beat arch-rivals Zamalek 2-1 to conquer the CAF Champions League 2019/20 and, with it, a spot on the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™, which will likely be held in Doha from 1 to 11 February 2021.
The win gave the Red Devils a report-extending ninth African crown in a sport that lived up to expectations by way of pleasure, stunning objectives and depth.
Al Ahly prevailed in what had been dubbed ‘The Final of the Century’, a neighborhood derby between the 2 giants from Cairo, a metropolis that lives and breathes soccer like few different. The CAF Champions League showpiece was additionally the primary to be contested between two groups from the identical nation.
CAF Champions League last
Al Ahly 2-1 Zamalek (Cairo Stadium, Egypt)
Al Ahly: Amr El Soleya (5’), Afsha (86’)
Zamalek: Shikabala (31’)
Al Ahly took the initiative from the beginning and gained an early lead when Amr El Soleya nodded house a header from Ali Maaloul’s nook.
Zamalek refused to be knocked astray, although, and after spurning quite a few probabilities drew stage by way of a sensational solo effort by Shikabala. The White Knights captain lower inside from the precise, skipped round two challenges and fired a exact shot from outdoors the field into the far nook of Mohamed Elshanawy’s web.
The tempo elevated in the beginning of the second half, with actual probabilities coming at each ends of the pitch. First, Al Ahly’s Hussein Elshahat contrived to hit the put up when confronted with an open objective, after which it was Zamalek’s Zizo’s flip to hit the woodwork from lengthy vary.
With the match trying prefer it was heading into additional-time, Afsha had different concepts. He confirmed improbable management, bringing a unfastened ball down off his knee earlier than smashing a volley previous Zamalek keeper Abu Gabal from absolutely 20 yards.
Man of the match
With his uncooked tempo and direct working, attacking midfielder Mohamed ‘Afsha’ Magdy was threatening all through. He virtually put Al Ahly forward from a free-kick late on, however was not to be denied when he managed the ball outdoors the field and smashed house to give the Red Devils a historic win over Zamalek.
Al Ahly have now gained 9 CAF Champions League titles. No different workforce has gained greater than 5.
What they mentioned
Mohamed Magdy: “First, I’d like to congratulate Zamalek on their nice efficiency as we speak. It was a superb sport from each side. As for my objective, I’ve scored related ones earlier than, one in all them with the nationwide workforce. I need to congratulate our followers on this improbable title.”
Did you understand?
- Last evening Al Ahly gained their 139th title, confirming their standing as probably the most-topped membership in Egypt.
- Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane has now gained the CAF Champions League twice. Coincidently, he claimed each titles on the expense of Zamalek: in 2016 with Mamelodi Sundowns and final evening with Al Ahly.