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Last Updated: Sunday, 29 October 2006, 17:17 GMT
Result: Ahly 1-1 CS Sfaxien
Goalflashes and major incidents from the first leg of the Champions League final between Egypt's Ahly and Tunisia's CS Sfaxien in Cairo.


1925: FULL TIME Ahly 1-1 CS Sfaxien
Sfaxien celebrate a fine away display as they take advantage in the Champions League final. They have not only managed to avoid defeat in front of 80,000 supporters in Cairo, but have also scored a crucial away goal to take into the second leg. Ahly must score in Tunisia on Saturday 11 November if they are to have any chance of winning the competition.

1924: Sfaxien coach Mrad Mahjoub wastes some time by replacing Anis Boujelbene with Bechi Mechergui.

1921: The fourth official signifies that there are five minutes of stoppage time to be played.

1919: Ahly substitute Wael Riad thinks he has won a penalty but Gambian referee Modou Sowe is unmoved.

1915: Ahly pump a long cross into the Sfaxien box which is cleared by Jaouachi.

1911: Ahly's Mohamed Shawky fires a shot across the face of goal and in a let-off for Sfaxien, Aboutrika narrowly fails to get his head to the ball.

1909: Flavio volleys wide and Jose makes his final change. Wael Gomaa enters the fray, replacing Mohamed Barakat. Ahly can no longer make any changes.

1908: Ahly coach Jose makes another substitution as he goes in search of a second goal. Weal Riad comes in for Emad Moteab, who had opportunities to score for the Egyptians.

1902: Sfaxien keeper Jaouachi is given a yellow card for time-wasting. Meanwhile, Sfaxien coach Mrad Mahjoub makes his first change, bringing on Ivorian Blaise Kouassi for Tarek Ziadi.

1901: After Motaeb is brought down, Aboutrika's 25-yard free-kick is saved by Sfaxien stopper Jaouachi.

1858: Ahly coach Manuel Jose makes his first substitution, bringing on Islam al-Shater for Ahmed Shadid.

1857: The ball is floated inside the Sfaxien box but Jaouachi mops up the danger easily.

1853: It's end to end stuff. Moments after Flavio hits a powerful shot high over the Sfaxien bar, the Tunisians' Tarek Ziadi almost gives his side the lead but El Hadary pulls off a crucial save for Ahly as he blocks the shot from the edge of the 6-yard box.

1850: Ahly continue to try to find a way through Sfaxien's defence. Jaouachi punches clear when under pressure on his goalline but the referee rules in his favour and awards a foul against Ahly.

1848: Sfaxien goalkeeper Jaouachi rushes out of his penalty area to clear an Ahly counter-attack.

1847: Sfaxien are visibly growing in confidence. Nafti fashions a chance after running through the defence before blasting wide from outside the box.

1845: Mohamed Barakat is wins a free-kick. Sfaxien defend doggedly to clear but Motaeb gets a touch but puts the ball past the post for a goal kick.

1843: Ahly pile the pressure with dangerous passes around the edge of the Sfaxien box.

1842: Ahly instantly react as Moteab flashes a header wide.

1841: GOAL! Ahly 1-1 CS Sfaxien
Joetex Frimpong scores a crucial away goal for the Tunisians, after being played in by Fateh Garbi. The Ghanaian was left totally unmarked in the 6-yard box to beat Ahly keeper Essam El Hadary.

1834: CS Sfaxien kick off the second half, looking to get back into the final. Ahly lead 1-0.

1818: HALF TIME Ahly 1-0 CS Sfaxien
Moments after Sfaxien's Frimpong is caught offside, the half-time whistle blows with 2005 African champions Ahly leading 1-0 in Cairo.

1817: A beautiful move by Ahly just fails to produce a goal. The passing is sleek and carves open the Sfaxien defence. But the final touch is played too long as the ball gets cleared.

1813: Emad Moteab's glancing low header goes wide - a good chance for Ahly. A worried Jaouachi tries to cover, desperately scrambling to his left to make a save.

1812: The game is now more balanced but with some ferocious tackles as the battle for control intensifies.

1808: Abdelkrim Nafti finds Frimpong who has a lot of space but his shot is blocked. Sfaxien win a corner which puts Ahly under a lot of pressure but they eventually clear.

1806: Wael Gomaa of Ahly fouls Joetex Frimpong who wins a free-kick for CS Sfaxien. Sfaxien's free-kick into the Ahly area is easily cleared in a rare threat to the defending champions' goal.

1804: An Ahly free-kick is floated deep into Sfaxien's 6-yard box but the busy Jaouachi collects easily in a crowded penalty area.

1802: Flavio's header from is turned behind for a corner by Sfaxien goalkeeper Jaouachi. The corner is poorly taken.

1755: GOAL! Ahly 1-0 Sfaxien
Ahly finally get some reward for their pressure as they open the scoring. Once again, Mohamed Aboutrika is the key man for the Egyptians as he stoops to head home a cross.

1754: CS Sfaxien goalkeeper Ahmed Jaouachi punches away to deny Aboutrika once again.

1751: Ahly continue to pile on the pressure as Aboutrika misses a volley and then Mohamed Barakat also fails to take advantage when his shot is blocked.

1749: El Hadary saves Ahly as the goalkeeper comes off his line to deny Sfaxien chance after the home side's offside trap is beaten.

1746: Ahly are putting their Tunisian opponents under fierce pressure. A free-kick drops in the Sfaxien box which goalkeeper Ahmed Jaouachi punches onto the head of an Ahly player but fortunately for the Tunisian, the balls rebounds over the Sfaxien bar.

1744: Flavio misses another chance for Ahly. Aboutrika's cross falls for the Angolan international whose shot is blocked by a Sfaxien defender.

1737: Ahly's Emad Moteab misses the best chance of the match so far, as his poweful header from close range hits the post and rebounds for a throw-in!

1735: Ahly's Flavio Amado fires a shot just side of Sfaxien's goal.

1734: Sfaxien have a good opportunity to fashion a shot but concede possession cheaply.

1732: Mohamed Aboutrika's free-kick for Ahly is blocked by the Sfaxien wall but the ball is poorly cleared as Flavio dives with a header which goes wide.

1730: Ahly get the first leg of the 2006 Champions League final as they kick off the match in Cairo.

1700 GMT: The Cairo International Stadium is packed to the rafters for the first leg of the Champions League final. The stadium's capacity is officially 74,100 but BBC Sport's reporter at the game, Inas Mazhar, says there are more inside. In a move that will displease football's world governing body Fifa, fans are sitting in the aisles.

Rival fans of Cairo giants Ahly have put their differences aside and a sea of flags are waving inside the stadium - with some showing support for Ahly's bitter rivals Zamalek, while others are favouring other Egyptian sides.

The stadium was full at least one and a half hours before kick-off, and the streets of Cairo are quieter than usual as fans stay at home to follow the match on television.


Ahly: 1-Essam El Hadary, 7-Shady Mohamed, 29-Ahmed Shadid, 20-Mohamed Sedik, 17-Mohamed Shawky, 22-Mohamed Aboutraika, 9-Emad Moteab, 25-Hossam Ashour, 23-Flavio Amado, 21-Mohamed Abdellah, 8-Mohamed Barakat

CS Sfaxien: 1-Ahmed Jaouachi, 17-Anis Boujelbene, 2-Fateh Garbi, 23-Hadj Massaoud, 3-Haitham Mrabet, 15-Wissem al-Abdi, 10-Abdelkrim Nafti, 24-Issam Merdassi, 25-Tarek Ziadi, 7-Joetex Frimpong, 13-Chadi Hammami

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