Al Ahly take control of CCL final

It was the first time VAR was used in a Champions League final and referee Mehdi Charef was at the centre of a heated fixture in Alexandria as he awarded two spot-kicks upon consulting the video technology.

In a capacity 86 000 crowd at the Borg El Arab Stadium, Amr Elsolia scored the other goal for the hosts while Youcef Belaili converted a penalty for Esperance for what could be a crucial away-goal.

The Red Devils are aiming for a record ninth Champions League title and a place at the December's Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

Two-time champions Esperance will have the chance to overturn the two-goal deficit in the second leg, which takes place at Stade Olympique in Rades on 9 November.

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