African Stars Watch: Zesco United 1-1 Wydad Casablanca - AS IT HAPPENED

African Stars Watch: Zesco United 1-1 Wydad Casablanca - AS IT HAPPENED
Al Ahly's Ali Maaloul (R) in action against Zesco United's John Ching'andu (L) during the African Champions League (CAF) group stage match between Al Ahly and Zesco United at the military Stadium in Suez, Egypt, 12 August 2016. EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

by Staff Reporter

Wednesday Aug 24, 2016. 18:18

Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of the 2016 CAF Champions League clash between Zesco United and Wydad Casablanca from the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

Starting Line-Ups:

Zesco United: Banda; Ching'andu, Silwimba, Banh, Oluwafemi - Mbombo, Mtonga, Owino, Mwanza - Mwelwa, Were 

Wydad Casablanca: Akid; Aktaou, Rabeh, Fall, Bellakhdar, Saidi, Asbahi, Elkarti, Khadrouf, Ounajem, Chikatara

Commentary: 

Semifinals confirmed: Mamelodi Sundowns vs Zesco United; Wydad Casablanca vs Zamalek 

90+3' - Full-Time: Zesco United 1-1 Wydad Casablanca

90+1' - CHANCE! Golden chance for Fabrice N'Guessi to win it for Wydad, but he fails to hit the target from close range.

85' - Save! Chance at either end of the pitch; first Lazarous Kambole forces Akid into an easy save before Ismail Hadda's left-footed strike troubles Banda - the Zambian stopper with an acrobatic save.

83' - Corner-kick for Zesco comes to nothing as the hosts press for the winner. Wydad holding on for the time being.

80' - Into the final 10 minutes of the clash and both teams going all out for the victory now, players streaming forward in search of the winner.

70' - Into the final 20 minutes of the clash. Both teams happy to sit back and hit the other on the counter-attack.

65' - Wholesale challenge made by either coach in the space of a few minutes as we enter the final exchanges of the clash. Deadlocked at 1-1 - as it stands Wydad will advance as Group A winners.

56' - GOAL!  With no one closing him down, Chikatara let's fly from range with the ball finding the back of the net via the inside of the post. Banda stunned.

54' - CHANCE! Ball falls for Abdeladim Khadrouf on the edge of the area, but with no one near him the Wydad midfielder can only succeed in guiding his effort wide.

48' -  Reda Hajhouj introduced by John Toshack as the visitors go in search of the equaliser.

46' - Second-half as kicked off in Ndola

45+2' - Half-Time: Zesco 1-0 Wydad

45'- Two minutes added to the half

42' - Corner-kick fired in by Zesco United, ball bounces in the direction of Were but he is late to react - Zesco creating chance after chance in Ndola.

32'- Mbombo's towering header almost catches Akid unawares - the Wydad stopper backtracks, but lucky for him the ball was flying inches wide.

30' - Half-hour played in Ndola and Zesco United continue to dominate proceedings.

20'- CHANCE! Were should of made it 2-0 with the goalkeeper stranded, but he can only succeed in firing his effort high and wide.

17' - GOAL! Owino Odhiambo heads home from the resulting corner-kick. 1-0 to the hosts.

16' - SAVE! CLEARANCE OFF THE LINE! Were denied from point-blank range before Mwelwa's follow up shot is cleared off the line, corner-kick.

12' CHANCE! Banda spills a cross, but does well to grab the ball at the second bite of the cherry with Chikatara lurking.

10' - Free-kick for Zesco United. Saidi fouls Were; the Kenyan tries his luck but his effort hits the wall and Wydad clear from danger.

9'- Good passage of play by Zesco ends with Akid making an easy save from a Mwanza cross.

5'- Just a reminder that the winner of today's game will face Zamalek in the semifinals of the African showpiece, the loser will face Group B winners Mamelodi Sundowns. A draw will be enough for Wydad Casablanca to finish atop Group A - the Moroccans are two points clear of Zesco with both teams having already booked their place in the final four.

1' - Kick-off in Ndola

 

 



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