- CAF Champions League 2017 final first leg ends in draw
- Both sides score early goals in Alexandria
- Second leg in Casablanca on 4 November
The first leg of the 2017 CAF Champions League final ended in a 1-1 draw between Al Ahly and Wydad Casablanca in Alexandria, Egypt.
The match got off to a very lively start as hosts Al Ahly scored in the third minute through Momen Zakaria. Wydad answered with a goal of their own just over ten minutes later thanks to in-form Achraf Bencharki, and neither side were able to find the winning goal for the rest of the match.
Al Ahly produced plenty of chances, especially in the second half, but the visitors were able to do enough on the evening to frustrate Hossam El-Badry’s side.
Zakaria scored in the third minute after he received a pass outside the penalty area before quickly unleashing a shot with his left foot into the back of the net.
Wydad Casablanca then replied with a goal of their own when Mohamed Ounajem broke through on the right flank and delivered a superb ball for Bencharki to head in the equaliser.
Wydad will now host Al Ahly in the second leg of the final on 4 November in Casablanca. The winner with the superior aggregate score will lift the CAF Champions League title and earn a place at the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017.
Author: Nancy Parker
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