Al Ahly 2-2 Vita Club | Champions League | Highlights

Al Ahly 2-2 Vita Club | Champions League | Highlights

Al Ahly wasted almost a dozen scoring chances and just when they ended their jinx with two quick-fire goals, they were undone by a late controversial penalty to settle for a 2-2 draw at home to Vita Club in a see-saw African Champions League game on Saturday.

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Ricky Tulengi fired home a spot-kick with 10 minutes remaining to earn DR Congo’s Vita Club a famous draw at the Cairo fortress of the record nine-time African champions after Moroccan referee Redouane Jiyed penalized Amr El-Sulaya for minimal contact with Merveille Kikasa.

A share of spoils was barely deserved for Vita Club, who showed some attacking spark but their backline was sliced open far too easily as Ahly spurned a plethora of clear-cut chances, including a goal-bound shot and two efforts that came back off the woodwork, with Congolese striker Walter Bwalya the main culprit.

Makabi Lilepo took Ahly by surprise when he scored against the run of play four minutes before the break after a fine individual effort.

The Red Devils launched a wave after wave of attacks but only found the net when strike duo Mohamed Sherif and Marwan Mohsen came off the bench in the second half.

Sherif ended Vita Club’s resistance with a poacher’s goal on 69 minutes and Mohsen put Ahly ahead two minutes later as Ahly finally made their dominance count.

But Tulengi’s late penalty spoiled their celebrations and put Vita Club in a position where they can challenge their illustrious opponents for one of Group A’s two tickets to the knockout phase.

Surprise package Simba of Tanzania, who stunned Ahly with a 1-0 win in the previous round, top the group with seven points from three matches, three clear of Ahly and Vita Club, whose next duel in Kinshasa later this month could prove decisive.

Sudan’s Al Merreikh lies at the bottom after collecting only one point.

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