Al Hilal marked their return to the CAF Champions League group stage with a win and Etoile kept up their good home form against Al Ahly.

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Etoile Sahel 1-0 Al Ahly

Now, Etoile Sahel have never lost at home against Al Ahly. This is surprising because the Cairo side always has the better of teams from Tunisia. It looked to be so until Ayman Ashraf was sent off for fouling an attacker through on goal.

Al Ahly are not accepting this. And the club has issued a statement against CAF and the referee from Botswana, Joshua Bondo.

Etoile Sahel were woeful despite the man advantage. Yes, they scored the only goal of the match – Chikhaoui in the 50th minute.

But they were holding on for dear life in the closing minutes at Rades stadium.

Al Hilal 2-1 Platinum FC

Al Hilal marked their return to the big leagues with a straightforward home win. It was the least the Omdurman team could do as they were playing against the weakest side in the Group Stage, according to our Power Rankings Slider.

Al Hilal Ultras are not ones to miss out on the tifo hype after what we saw in Casablanca:

Mohamed Eldai headed home Faris Abdullah’s cross in the 26th minute. He later forced the ball into the net, in the 70th minute, to assure the hosts of a win. An embarrassing blunder by his keeper, Jamal Salim, in the 81st minute to allow Platinum FC a goal back did not dampen the mood. I think.