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Egypt’s al-Ahly loses to Libya’s al-Ahly Benghazi

Ahly had won the past two editions of the African Champions League

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Egyptian football team al-Ahly on Friday lost 1-0 to Libya’s al-Ahly Benghazi, in the first leg of the African Champions League round of 16.

The match, which took place at the small Chedli Zouiten Stadium in Tunis due to the fragile security situation in Libya, was settled 67 minutes with a blunder from veteran defender Wael Gomaa, leaving an open invitation for Zimbabwean striker Edward Sadomba to score from close range, Egyptian news site al-Ahram reported.

Although Ahly’s promising lineup included three attacking midfielders and a lone striker, wingers Moussa Yedan and Abdallah el-Saied struggling to penetrate Benghazi’s defenders on a muddy pitch.

The calm first half kept neither keeper busy, but Benghazi’s Egyptian forward Ahmed Eid came close with an angled low shot that deflected off a defender and was just wide of the net.

Ahly had won the past two editions of the League, and this year hope to secure a record three consecutive titles.