Tau’s Sensational Brace Sink Esperance In Thrilling Encounter
Percy Tau’s Brace Leads Al Ahly to Victory over Esperance
In a thrilling CAF Champions League semi-final first-leg clash, Bafana Bafana star Percy Tau showcased his scoring prowess, netting two goals to help Al Ahly secure a 3-0 win against Esperance Tunis. The match took place at Stade Olympique de Rades Stadium on Friday night.
Tau’s Early Opener Sets the Tone
Right from the start, Marcel Koller’s Al Ahly side showed their intent, launching a relentless attack in search of an early goal. Their efforts paid off when Tau, the former Mamelodi Sundowns star, found the back of the net just eight minutes into the game, breaking the deadlock and giving his team the lead.
Al Ahly’s Dominant First Half
The Egyptian giants displayed their class and dominance throughout the first half, leaving the home side with few opportunities to respond. The teams headed into halftime with Al Ahly in the lead, holding a 1-0 advantage over Esperance.
Tau Completes His Brace
In the second half, Esperance attempted to mount a comeback, but Al Ahly stood firm and maintained their control. In the 55th minute, Tau added to his tally, scoring his second goal of the match and extending Al Ahly’s lead to 2-0.
Al Ahly’s Resilient Defense
Esperance made desperate attempts to reduce the deficit, but Al Ahly’s defense held strong. In the 75th minute, Mahmoud Kahraba sealed the victory for Al Ahly by scoring the third goal, effectively ending any hopes of a comeback for the Tunisian side.
Esperance’s Uphill Battle
With a three-goal deficit to overcome and the return leg to be played in Egypt, Esperance faces a monumental challenge to turn the tie in their favor. Al Ahly’s resilient defense and clinical attacking display have made it difficult for the Tunisian side to bounce back.
The second leg will surely test Esperance’s ability to score four goals on Al Ahly’s home turf. As it stands, Al Ahly holds a commanding advantage and looks poised to secure a spot in the CAF Champions League final.