Raja, Pyramids play to draw in Cairo

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Raja Club Athletic and Pyramids have all to play for next week in Casablanca after they played to a barren draw in the first leg of the TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup semi-final in Cairo on Sunday evening.

Pyramids will travel to Casablanca seeking in the least a scoring draw to progress to a second consecutive final.

Raja though will count their missed chances in the second leg of the duel as they could not get the ball inside the net. This is the first time in the tournament this year that Raja have failed to score.

Star striker Soufiane Rahimi had the game’s best chances in the opening half. In the 10th minute, he took a shot from range after being accorded space, but the Pyramids keeper managed to parry the ball away at full stretch.

In the 23rd minute, the striker had an even better chance to score when he was put through on goal by Mahmoud Benhalib, but his close range shot was well saved by the Pyramids keeper.

Seven minutes to the break, Pyramids had their first real go at goal when a cross from Hamdy Sharaf picked out Ibrajim Adel inside the box, but the latter’s shot was blocked.

In the second half it was same script same cast. Rahmi had a glancing header off a freekick go wide while on the other end, Ramdhan Sobhi was tormenting the Raja backline, but his antics and footwork didn’t bear a goal.