In Cairo, Ismaili S.C. of Egypt beat National of Benghazi, four-one, in the first leg?
In Cairo, Ismaili S.C. of Egypt beat National of Benghazi, four-one, in the first leg of their second round African Clubs' Championship game on Friday (May 25).
Ismaili play the second leg in Benghazi on Friday and if they win go into the semi-finals.
Ismaili had undergone tough training since the end of the league competition and their elimination from Egypt's cup battles by the eventual winners, Recreation Union.
They cruised to the second round after beating Horsed of Somalia 4-0 in the second leg in Cairo after losing 1-3 in the first leg.
Last year National of Benghazi eliminated them from the African Club's championship and this year they were clearly out to even the score.
SYNOPSIS: Now a free kick to Ismaili who clear upfield. They were out to even the score because National eliminated them from this competition last year. They're also out of Egypt's cup battles.
Now Benghazi attack again but they lose possession and Ismaili break away. Already leading two-one from half-time they only needed a goal--dutifully provided by Usama Khalil--to be fairly safe. Their previous goals had been scored by Ismail Hefni in the 25th and 37th minutes.
Benghazi kick off again and with only Ben Souweid's thirty-sixth minute goal in hand they need another quickly.
But it was not to be; another of their attacks was foiled and there was another break-away by Ismaili. Again the scorer was Usama Khalil -- this time in the seventy-second minute, only seven minutes after he'd last scored. Now the Egyptians are well placed for the second leg -- even if they lose they only need a better goal average to go through to the semi-finals of the competition.