Al Ahly through to Champions League last eight | Highlights
A stoppage-time goal from Yasser Ibrahim helped Ahly earn a comeback 2-2 draw at Sudan’s Al-Merreikh to qualify for the African Champions League quarters with one match to spare in Group A on Saturday.
Two first-half goals from Ramadan Agab and Saifeldin Malik put Merreikh on the verge of claiming a famous win but Ahly vastly improved after the break to restore parity, thanks to a penalty from Badr Benoun, who otherwise committed some costly errors, and Ibrahim’s late header.
Despite sealing passage to the last eight, Ahly will still rue their inability to finish on top of the group. They are now second with eight points, five behind leaders Simba of Tanzania, who crushed DR Congo’s Vita Club 4-1 in the other group game.
The defending champions will now face a tough opponent in the quarter-finals, with Tunisia’s Esperance and South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns ensuring their progress as winners of their respective group, while Morocco’s Wydad are also likely to finish on top.