Egyptian side Al Masry joined their compatriots Pyramids to the 2019-20 Total CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinals, defeating Mauritania’s Nouadhibou 1-0 in Alexandria on Sunday evening.
Burkinabe Saidou Simpore scored four minutes from time what proved to be the game’s lone goal as Al Masry raised their Group A tally to nine points, three shy from leaders and already qualified Pyramids, and four more than Nigeria’s Rangers with one match to spare. Nouadhibou trails the group with two points.
The first chance came after 6 minutes when Moftah Taktak’s shot hit Nouadhibou’s goalkeeper Drissa Kouyate’s face.
Al Masry had the lion share of possession in the opening half but rarely threatened Kouyate between posts for their Mauritanian visitors. Four minute after the half hour mark Mahmoud Wadi tried to find the opener but his header went wide.
The first half ended in a barren stalemate as the hosts grew nervous searching for the lead.
The visitors could have taken a shock lead just after the break when Yassin El Welly tried his luck but he saw his effort stopped by Masry’s goalkeeper Ahmed Massoud.
Karim El Iraki sent a strong shot after 52 minutes but was timely stopped by Kouyate.
Al Masry threw every player to attack trying to score the winner that guarantees their quarterfinals place. Taktak came close once again to give them the lead after 73 minutes but his shot from close range missed the target.
And the hosts finally got what they chased four minutes from time. Ahmed Shousha found Simpore who gave the hosts the lead after 86 minutes to send them to the quarterfinals alongside compatriots Pyramids.