African Champions League: Al Ahly beat Etoile as Group B goes to final match
Eight-time winners Al Ahly edged past Tunisian visitors Etoile du Sahel 1-0 on Sunday in Group B of the African Champions League.
The only goal of the game came after 32 minutes when Hussein El Shahat's shot was cleared off the line by Etoile captain Ammar Jemal only for the ball to fall for Nigerian forward Junior Ajayi to fire home.
In the other Group B game on Saturday Al Hilal Omdurman of Sudan beat Platinum 1-0 in Zimbabwe thanks to a goal from Mohamed Eldai.
The results mean that Al Ahly top the table with 10 points while Al Hilal and Etoile both have nine with Platinum out of contention with just a single point.
Ahly know that a draw in their final match in Sudan against Al Hilal next weekend will be enough to see them into the last eight,
Only a win will be enough for the Sudanese side, who are behind Etoile on the away goals scored by the two teams.
A win for Etoile over visiting Platinum guarantees the Tunisian club a place in the last eight, although a draw or even a loss could be enough depending on the result of the other game.
In Group D holders Esperance of Tunisia drew 2-2 with Raja Casablanca on Saturday as both clubs booked their places in the quarter-finals.
Abdelraouf Benguit put Group D leaders Esperance ahead in the penultimate match of the group campaign, with Fabrice Gael Ngah hitting an equaliser for the Moroccans after the break.
Badr Banoun then stunned the hosts with a goal after 67 minutes to put Raja 2-1 up, but Fedi Ben Choug struck a late equaliser to make it 2-2.
That result ended the faint hopes of Group D's chasing pack, despite AS Vita Club's 4-1 win over Algeria's JS Kabylie in DR Congo.
Egyptian club Zamalek, who drew 0-0 with already-qualified TP Mazembe of DR Congo on Friday, had their qualification to the knock-out phase confirmed after Zambia's Zesco United drew 1-1 with Primeiro de Agosto of Angola in the other Group A game on Saturday.
Wydad Casablanca's 3-1 win over Algeria's USM Alger on Friday night was enough for them to qualify from Group C along with South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns who drew 2-2 with Petro Atletico on Saturday in Angola.
African Champions League results:
- Zamalek (Egypt) 0-0 TP Mazembe (DR Congo)
- ZESCO United (Zambia) 1-1 Primeiro de Agosto (Angola)
- FC Platinum (Zimbabwe) 0-1 Al-Hilal (Sudan)
- Al-Ahly (Egypt) 1-0 Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)
- Wydad Casablanca (Morocco) 3-1 USM Alger (Algeria)
- Petro de Luanda (Angola) 2-2 Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)
- AS Vita Club (DR Congo) 4-1 JS Kabylie (Algeria)
- Esperance (Tunisia) 2-2 Raja Casablanca (Morocco)