2018 CAF Champions League Final

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2018 CAF Champions League Final
Event2018 CAF Champions League
on aggregate
First leg
Date2 November 2018 (2018-11-02)
VenueBorg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria
RefereeMehdi Abid Charef (Algeria)
Attendance60,000
WeatherPartly Cloudy
23 °C (73 °F)
Second leg
Date9 November 2018 (2018-11-09)
VenueStade Olympique de Radès, Radès
RefereeBamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia)
Attendance60,000
2017
2019

The 2018 CAF Champions League Final was the final of the 2018 CAF Champions League, the 54th edition of Africa's premier club football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and the 22nd edition under the current CAF Champions League title.

The final was contested in two-legged home-and-away format between Al-Ahly from Egypt and Espérance de Tunis from Tunisia. The first leg was hosted by Al-Ahly on 2 November 2018, while the second leg was hosted by Espérance de Tunis at the Stade Olympique de Radès in Radès on 9 November 2018.

Espérance de Tunis won the final 4–3 on aggregate for their third CAF Champions League title.[1][2] As winners, they earned the right to represent the CAF at the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup, entering at the second round, as well as play in the 2019 CAF Super Cup in March against the winner of the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup.[3]

Teams[edit]

In the following table, finals until 1996 were in the African Cup of Champions Club era, since 1997 were in the CAF Champions League era.

Team Zone Previous finals appearances (bold indicates winners)
Egypt Al-Ahly UNAF (North Africa) 11 (1982, 1983, 1987, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2017)
Tunisia Espérance de Tunis UNAF (North Africa) 6 (1994, 1999, 2000, 2010, 2011, 2012)

Background[edit]

Al-Ahly are the most successful club in Egypt and Africa with eight titles, winning eight (1982, 1987, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013) and losing three (1983, 2007, 2017). Al-Ahly were playing their twelfth and second consecutive final.[4]

Espérance de Tunis had reached the final six times before, more than any other Tunisian side, winning two (1994, 2011) and losing four (1999, 2000, 2010, 2012). Espérance de Tunis were playing their seventh final and the first since 2012.[4]

The two sides had previously played 18 matches in African competitions. The first meetings between the two sides took place in the 1990 African Cup of Champions Clubs round of 16, where Espérance de Tunis beat Al-Ahly on penalties after the home and away matches ended 0–0. The most recent meetings between the clubs had taken place in the 2018 CAF Champions League group stage, where Al-Ahly's home match ended 0–0, and then Espérance de Tunis lost 0–1 at home to Al-Ahly on a Walid Azaro goal.[5]

Venues[edit]

Borg El Arab Stadium[edit]

Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, Egypt hosted the first leg.

The Borg El Arab Stadium is a stadium commissioned in 2006 in the Mediterranean Sea resort of Borg El Arab; 25 km west of Alexandria, Egypt. It is the largest stadium in Egypt and the second largest in Africa (after FNB Stadium in Johannesburg) with a capacity of 86,000[6] and is an all-seater. It is also the 27th largest stadium in the world, and the 9th largest association football stadium in the world. It is located on the Cairo-Alexandria desert highway 10 km from Borg El Arab Airport and 15 km from Alexandria's city centre. A running track runs around the pitch, and the ground has four large floodlights. Only one stand is covered by a roof.

Stade Olympique de Radès[edit]

Stade Olympique de Radès in Radès, Tunisia hosted the second leg.

The Stade Olympique de Radès is a multi-purpose stadium in Radès, Tunisia about 10 kilometers south-east of the city center of Tunis, in the center of the Olympic City. It is currently used mostly for football matches and it also has facilities for athletics. The stadium holds 60,000 and was built in 2001 for the 2001 Mediterranean Games and is considered to be one of the best stadiums in Africa. The stadium was built for the 2001 Mediterranean Games, the 60,000-seat covered area covers 13,000 m2 and consists of a central area, 3 adjoining grounds, 2 warm-up rooms, 2 paintings and an official stand of 7,000 seats. The press gallery is equipped with 300 desks.

Road to the final[edit]

Note: In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first (H: home; A: away).

Egypt Al-Ahly Round Tunisia Espérance de Tunis
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Qualifying rounds Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Bye Preliminary round Mauritania ASAC Concorde 6–1 1–1 (A) 5–0 (H)
Gabon CF Mounana 7–1 4–0 (H) 3–1 (A) First round Kenya Gor Mahia 1–0 0–0 (A) 1–0 (H)
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 0–0 (H) Matchday 1 Egypt Al-Ahly 0–0 (A)
Uganda KCCA 0–2 (A) Matchday 2 Botswana Township Rollers 4–1 (H)
Botswana Township Rollers 3–0 (H) Matchday 3 Uganda KCCA 3–2 (H)
Botswana Township Rollers 1–0 (A) Matchday 4 Uganda KCCA 1–0 (A)
Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 1–0 (A) Matchday 5 Egypt Al-Ahly 0–1 (H)
Uganda KCCA 4–3 (H) Matchday 6 Botswana Township Rollers 0–0 (A)
Group A winner
Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Egypt Al-Ahly 6 13
2 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 6 11
3 Uganda KCCA 6 6
4 Botswana Township Rollers 6 4
Source: CAF
Final standings Group A runner-up
Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Egypt Al-Ahly 6 13
2 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 6 11
3 Uganda KCCA 6 6
4 Botswana Township Rollers 6 4
Source: CAF
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Knockout stage Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Guinea Horoya 4–0 0–0 (A) 4–0 (H) Quarter-finals Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 3–1 2–1 (H) 1–0 (A)
Algeria ES Sétif 3–2 2–0 (H) 1–2 (A) Semi-finals Angola 1º de Agosto 4–3 0–1 (A) 4–2 (H)

Format[edit]

The final was played on a home-and-away two-legged basis, with the order of legs determined by the knockout stage draw, which was held on 3 September 2018, 20:00 EET (UTC+2), at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.[7][8][9]

If the aggregate score was tied after the second leg, the away goals rule would be applied, and if still tied, extra time would not be played, and the penalty shoot-out would be used to determine the winner.[3]

Matches[edit]

First leg[edit]

Al-Ahly Egypt3–1Tunisia Espérance de Tunis
Report
Al-Ahly
Espérance de Tunis
GK 16 Egypt Mohamed El Shenawy
RB 24 Egypt Ahmed Fathy Substituted off 22'
CB 20 Egypt Saad Samir Yellow card 49'
CB 3 Mali Salif Coulibaly
LB 12 Egypt Ayman Ashraf
RM 17 Egypt Ahmed Hamoudi Substituted off 67'
CM 25 Egypt Hossam Ashour (c)
CM 14 Egypt Amr El Solia
LM 5 Egypt Islam Mohareb
AM 11 Egypt Walid Soliman
CF 9 Morocco Walid Azaro
Substitutes:
GK 1 Egypt Sherif Ekramy
DF 6 Egypt Sabri Raheel
DF 30 Egypt Mohamed Hany Yellow card 87' Substituted in 22'
MF 2 Egypt Karim Walid
MF 27 Egypt Mohamed Gaber Substituted in 67'
FW 18 Egypt Marwan Mohsen
FW 29 Egypt Salah Mohsen
Manager:
France Patrice Carteron
Al-Ahly vs Espérance de Tunis 2018-11-02.svg
GK 1 Tunisia Moez Ben Cherifia
RB 22 Tunisia Sameh Derbali Yellow card 81'
CB 5 Tunisia Chamseddine Dhaouadi Yellow card 18'
CB 12 Tunisia Khalil Chemmam (c)
LB 26 Tunisia Houcine Rabii
CM 15 Ivory Coast Fousseny Coulibaly
CM 30 Cameroon Franck Kom Yellow card 83'
CM 25 Tunisia Ghailene Chaalali
RW 8 Tunisia Anice Badri
CF 29 Tunisia Taha Yassine Khenissi Substituted off 80'
LW 11 Algeria Youcef Belaïli
Substitutes:
GK 19 Tunisia Rami Jridi
DF 2 Tunisia Ali Machani
DF 24 Tunisia Iheb Mbarki
DF 27 Tunisia Mohamed Ali Yacoubi
MF 18 Tunisia Saad Bguir
MF 28 Tunisia Mohamed Amine Meskini
FW 9 Tunisia Bilel Mejri Substituted in 80'
Manager:
Tunisia Moïne Chaâbani

Assistant referees:[10]
Abdelhak Etchiali (Algeria)
Jean Claude Birumushahu (Burundi)
Fourth official:
Eric Otogo-Castane (Gabon)
Video assistant referee:
Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
Assistant video assistant referees:
El Hadji Samba (Senegal)
Djibril Camara (Senegal)

Match rules[3]

  • 90 minutes.
  • Seven named substitutes, of which up to three may be used.

Statistics[edit]

Second leg[edit]

Espérance de Tunis Tunisia3–0Egypt Al-Ahly
Report
Espérance de Tunis
Al-Ahly
GK 1 Tunisia Moez Ben Cherifia Yellow card 89'
RB 22 Tunisia Sameh Derbali
CB 27 Tunisia Mohamed Ali Yacoubi
CB 12 Tunisia Khalil Chemmam (c)
LB 20 Tunisia Ayman Ben Mohamed
CM 15 Ivory Coast Fousseny Coulibaly Yellow card 25'
CM 25 Tunisia Ghailene Chaalali
RW 8 Tunisia Anice Badri
AM 18 Tunisia Saad Bguir Substituted off 62'
LW 11 Algeria Youcef Belaïli Substituted off 80'
CF 29 Tunisia Taha Yassine Khenissi Substituted off 69'
Substitutes:
GK 19 Tunisia Rami Jridi
DF 2 Tunisia Ali Machani
DF 24 Tunisia Iheb Mbarki
DF 26 Tunisia Houcine Rabii Substituted in 62'
MF 28 Tunisia Mohamed Amine Meskini Substituted in 80'
FW 9 Tunisia Bilel Mejri Yellow card 90+2' Substituted in 69'
FW 14 Tunisia Haythem Jouini
Manager:
Tunisia Moïne Chaâbani
Espérance de Tunis vs Al-Ahly 2018-11-09.svg
GK 16 Egypt Mohamed El Shenawy
RB 30 Egypt Mohamed Hany Substituted off 62'
CB 20 Egypt Saad Samir
CB 3 Mali Salif Coulibaly
LB 12 Egypt Ayman Ashraf
CM 25 Egypt Hossam Ashour (c)
CM 14 Egypt Amr El Solia Substituted off 75'
RW 11 Egypt Walid Soliman Yellow card 25'
AM 27 Egypt Mohamed Gaber Substituted off 62'
LW 5 Egypt Islam Mohareb
CF 18 Egypt Marwan Mohsen
Substitutes:
GK 1 Egypt Sherif Ekramy
DF 6 Egypt Sabri Raheel
MF 2 Egypt Karim Walid Substituted in 62'
MF 10 Egypt Nasser Maher
MF 17 Egypt Ahmed Hamoudi Substituted in 75'
MF 22 Egypt Akram Tawfik
FW 29 Egypt Salah Mohsen Substituted in 62'
Manager:
France Patrice Carteron

Assistant referees:[13]
Zakhele Thusi Siwela (South Africa)
Waleed Ahmed Ali (Sudan)
Fourth official:
Eric Otogo-Castane (Gabon)
Video assistant referee:[14]
Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
Assistant video assistant referees:
El Hadji Samba (Senegal)
Djibril Camara (Senegal)

Match rules[3]

Statistics[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Soliman slots VAR penalties to give Ahly Champions League final edge". CAF. 5 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Bguir unlikely star as Esperance win CAF Champions League". CAF. 9 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "CAF Champions League regulations" (PDF). CAF.
  4. ^ a b "12th final for Ahly, 7th for Esperance". CAF. 31 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Ahly v Esperance: Head to Head Results". CAF. 31 October 2018.
  6. ^ "The boys are ready", Al-Ahram Weekly, Al-Ahram Publishing House (965), 17–23 September 2009, archived from the original on 10 October 2010, retrieved 6 June 2010
  7. ^ "Draw Procedure of the 22nd Edition of Total CAF Champions League, CL 2018" (PDF). CAF. 2 September 2018.
  8. ^ "CAF Champions League 2018 DRAW". YouTube. 3 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Total CAF Champions League 2018 Draw". CAF.
  10. ^ @CAF_Online (1 November 2018). "Here are the Referees of #TotalCAFCLfinal 1st leg between @AlAhly Vs @EsperanceST" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  11. ^ https://www.sofascore.com/al-ahly-esperance-tunis/kNcsDRy
  12. ^ https://www.sofascore.com/al-ahly-esperance-tunis/kNcsDRy
  13. ^ "22nd Edition of Total CAF Champions League: Media start list" (PDF). CAFonline.com. Confederation of African Football. 9 November 2018. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  14. ^ https://refereesfifa.blogspot.com/2018/11/2018-caf-champions-league-final.html
  15. ^ https://www.sofascore.com/al-ahly-esperance-tunis/kNcsDRy
  16. ^ https://www.sofascore.com/al-ahly-esperance-tunis/kNcsDRy

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