With their backs against the wall, the big clubs know how to react. Al Ahly demonstrated this Saturday, April 1 with a resounding victory over Al Hilal to validate its qualification for the quarterfinals of the CAF Champions League.
A giant in peril at the start of the sixth round of the Champions League, Al Ahly responded perfectly to secure their place in the quarterfinals. The Egyptians, 3rd before the match, beat and doubled Al Hilal. A 3-0 victory, clear and without blunder. Mahmoud Kahraba first opened the score in the 25th minute of play. Then, Al Ahly will dig the gap in the second half with the double from Hussein El Shahat (64th, 81st).
In the other game of the group, Mamelodi Sundowns beat Coton Sport of Cameroon 2-1. The South Africans finish at the top of group B with 14 points. Al Ahly follows with 10. The Sudanese Al Hilal are third with the same number of points while Coton Sport leaves this Champions League with six defeats in as many games.
Wydad and ES Tunis keep the lead
The first places were at stake in groups A and D on Saturday, April 1 in the CAF Champions League. In group A, defending champions Wydad beat JS Kabylie 3-0. In the 38th minute, Bouly Sambou scored the first goal of the game. A controversial achievement since the Senegalese striker appears offside, and has, it seems on the images, controlled with his hand. He then went on to score twice (51st) before El Moutaraj (87th) completed the scoring. Earlier in the day, Petro Luanda took the third place in the group. The Angolans beat V.Club 1-0 on Saturday. A success acquired thanks to Jaredi Lopes Texeira, who scored in the 15th minute. Wydad (1st, 13 points) and JS Kabylie (2nd, 10 pts), were already qualified for the quarters. Petro Luanda finished third with 7 points in this group while the Congolese V.Club are last with 4 points.
In Group D, Esperance Tunis also maintained its first place (11 pts) with a 0-0 draw against CR Belouizdad. Yesterday, Friday, March 31, Zamalek had dominated Al Merreikh 4-3 in a spectacular match. With ten units, Belouizdad finishes second and accompanies ES Tunis in the quarterfinals of this Champions League. Zamalek finished third with seven points, two more than Al Merreikh of Sudan, who were last.