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Club Africain beat Ismaily but fail to advance

Club Africain beat Ismaily but fail to advance

Club Africain recorded a 1-0 victory over Ismaily in the 2018/19 CAF Champions League Group C match at the Stade Olympique de Radès on Saturday afternoon.

However, Tunisian giants Africain failed to advance to the quarter-finals after finishing third in the group, while Egyptian side Ismaily also crashed out of the tournament after finishing fourth.

Africain came into the match looking to complete a double over Ismaily, having defeated their North African rivals 3-0 in Egypt in match-day two.

However, Ismaily were able to contain the hosts in the first-half, with Ghanaian defender Richard Baffour marshalling the visitors’ defence.

The two teams were locked at 0-0 at the interval.

The visitors decided to make a change at the beginning of the second-half – introducing offensive-minded Namibian player Benson Shilongo.

However, Africain continued to attack and they were awarded a penalty with 14 minutes left on the clock.

Tunisia international Ghazi Ayadi made no mistake from the spot-kick as he fired past Ismaily goalkeeper Tarek Taha to make it 1-0 to Africain. 

Ismaily launched late attacks as they looked to grab a late equalizing goal, but Africain stood firm at the back and ultimately they emerged 1-0 winners over Ismaily.

Africain (0) 1 (Ayadi 75′)
Ismaily 0

Africain: Mathlouthi, Ifa, Jaziri, Agrebi, Abdi, Ben Yahia, Dhaouadi (Labidi 72′), Khefifi, Chamakhi (Taous 46′), Ayadi, Compaore (Sasraku 71′)

Ismaily: Taha, Hashem, Baffour, Ayman, Donga, Sadek (El Shamy 81′), Magdi, Al Darf, El Sayed, Bambo (Abdel Hakim 76′), Marshal (Shilongo 46′). 

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