Al Ahly beat Esperance 1-0 to seal their passage to the next stage
Moroccan forward Walid Azarou scored the only goal as Al Ahly secured an excellent 1-0 away win at Esperance to seal their passage to the next stage.
Azaro, Ahly’s leading scorer last season with 23 goals in all competitions, made the most of a recurring defensive lapse to slot home into an empty net as Ahly’s counter-attacking strategy bore fruit in a classic encounter against their North African rivals.
The record eight-time Champions League winners, who missed out on a ninth triumph after losing to Morocco’s Wydad in last year’s final, are joint leaders with Esperance on 10 points, seven clear of Uganda’s Kampala City and Botswana’s Township Rollers who only have two matches to play.
Ahly need only a win in their last match at home to Kampala to advance as the group winners, given their better superior head-to-head record over Esperance after they played out a 0-0 draw in Alexandria in their opening group-stage clash.