Al Ahly defeat Esperance to put one hand on Champions League trophy

Ahmed El Gaber of Al Ahly of Egypt jumps to celebrate one of his team’s goals against Esperance in the first leg of the African Champions League final

Egyptian Premier League club-side, Al Ahly handed out defeat to Esperance to put one hand on the Champions League trophy.

Al Ahly have as a result of the 3-1 victory taken a first-leg advantage in the African Champions League final.

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Walid Soliman scored two penalties thanks to the ruling of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR)

That has now given the Egyptians a 3-1 first-leg triumph against Esperance in the African Champions League final in Alexandria.

It was the first time ever that VAR would be in use in the final of the African Champions League.

And referee Mehdi Charef did just enough on his own part to watch replays before awarding the two penalty kicks.

Amr Elsolia netted the other goal for the host team while Youcef Belaili dispatched a spot-kick of his for Esperance.

The Egyptian club on the other hand are very much looking forward to picking up their ninth continental title ever.

Tunisian club, Esperance have, however, clinched the title on two other occasiions.

In-spite of that, though, they fell 1-0 at home to Al Ahly in the group stages of the competition.

The second leg is set to take place at Stade Olympique in the city of Rades on Friday, 9 November.

African Champions League winners to secure spot at Club World Cup

And the competition’s overall winners will also secure a spot at December’s Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

Meanwhile, since joining Al Ahly in 2011, Soliman won the Champions League trophy with the team in 2012 and 2013.

He netted the winning strike in the aggregate 3-2 win over Esperance when both clubs met in the 2012 final.

Soliman has also so far won three more CAF titles with the Egyptian outfit.

And these are namely two CAF Super Cups in the years 2013 and 2014 alongside the 2014 CAF Confederation Cup.

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