Nine-man Masry snatch dramatic CAF Cup triumph

Nine-man Masry snatch dramatic CAF Cup triumph

Nine-man Masry snatch dramatic CAF Cup triumph

Nine-man Masry snatch dramatic CAF Cup triumph

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Egyptian membership Al Masry overcame having two gamers despatched off to grab a dramatic 2-1 CAF Confederation Cup area-very last first-leg victory over Moroccan visitors Renaissance Berkane on Monday.

Haythem Layouni scored directly from an unfastened kick in 82 minutes to offer the house team a slim combination lead after a suit that kicked off late on Sunday and finished beyond the middle of the night.

Tunisian Layouni curled an extended-variety kick over a defensive wall and beyond goalkeeper Hamza Hamiani Akbi to place Masry ahead for the second time in an incident-packed in shape.

Amr Marey gave Masry an early lead by sprinting onto a headed pass and controlling the bobbling ball to hearth into the net from close range.

Berkane, the 2020 Confederation Cup winners, equalized within seven minutes as Hamza Regragui tapped a low cross from Democratic Republic of Congo-born Chadrack Lukombe over the line.

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Ill discipline cost Masry dearly in the second half, leading to red cards for midfielders Amr Moussa and Tunisian Elyes Jlassi and leaving the hosts having to play 25 minutes with nine men.

In each case the referee initially showed a yellow card, only to upgrade to red having watching replays of the incidents on a touchline VAR monitor.

Berkane winger Youssef el Fahli was the victim in both incidents at the 87,000-capacity Borg el Arab Stadium in the ancient Mediterranean city of Alexandria.

Moussa was guilty of a late, studs-up tackle while Jlassi stamped on the right leg of El Fahli after the Moroccan had fallen over.

– Woodwork foils Pyramids –

The best Confederation Cup showing by Masry was in 2018 when they reached the semi-finals before losing heavily to V Club from DR Congo.

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Pyramids, the other Egyptian title contenders in the African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League, were foiled twice by the woodwork in a 0-0 home draw against TP Mazembe from DR Congo.

Although five-time African champions Mazembe spent much of a cagey clash in Cairo defending, they also had chances, notably when Zemanga Soze forced a fine save from veteran goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy.

The draw has tilted the odds toward overall victory for Mazembe, whose 11 CAF titles include two in the Confederation Cup.

Mazembe boasts a perfect record in Lubumbashi this season and has now not conceded in four preceding home suits within the competition at the same time as Pyramids have failed to win in three of five away video games.

A Libyan showdown among fierce Tripoli competitors Al Ittihad and Al Ahly ended 0-zero with the suit moved to Benghazi because no stadium within the capital town meets global requirements.

On Sunday, Shomari Kapombe transformed a 68th-minute penalty in Dar es Salaam to earn Simba of Tanzania a 1-0 win over the 2015 Confederation Cup runners-up Orlando Pirates of South Africa.

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All 4 go-back fits are scheduled to kick off on Sunday, however, two will end after nighttime because many north African gamers are watching a dawn-to-nightfall speedy for the duration of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The leg semi-finals and unmarried-suit final, at a venue to be introduced, are scheduled for May with the winners pocketing $1.25 million (1.1 mn euros).

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