MATCH CENTRE

SAT 20 SEPTEMBER 2014, 21:00

2
VS
1

Setif rally to shock Mazembe

by Kalumiana Kalumiana

Sat September 20, 23:39

Entente Setif of Algeria made significant headway in the race to reach the 2014 CAF Champions League final after a 2-1 home semifinal first leg win over TP Mazembe in Setif.

CAF ordered the semifinal played behind closed doors at the Algerian club’s home ground following a spate of hooligan incidents during the group phase.

Saturday's win also ended Setif's seven-month long winless drought at home in the CAF Champions League, although they remain unbeaten both at home and away since the start of the campaign.

Meanwhile, the first half of the game ended in a deadlock in which both sides’ goalkeepers made important saves off set pieces.

Mazembe then took the lead in the 51st minute thanks to a Said Aroussi own goal after the defender turned in an innocuous cross from Zambia midfielder Rainford Kalaba.

Setif equalised three minutes later in rather controversial circumstances when Younes headed the ball in from a seemingly offside position off a cross from midfielder Ali Lamri.

It took referee Neant Alioum of Cameroon two minutes to make a final decision in the midst of Setif protests after conferring with his first assistant, who had raised his flag for offside.

Mazembe continued to press but were unlucky to see Ghana midfielder Gladson Awako’s goal-bound shot in the 65th minute cleared off the line.

Abdelmalek Ziaya then broke Mazembe's hearts with the winner in the 88th minute. Ziaya turned Zambia defender Chongo Kabaso inside-out before unleashing an unstoppable volley from the edge of the box to beat goalkeeper Robert Kidiaba.

Meanwhile, the two sides meet in the final leg on September 27 in Lubumbashi to decide who goes through to the two legged finals set for the weekend of October 25-26 and November 1-2.

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
ENTENTE SETIF TP MAZEMBE
1
Goalkeeper
21
Goalkeeper
24
Defender
29
Goalkeeper
22
Defender
4
Defender
15
Defender
24
Defender
6
Defender
3
28
Defender
2
Defender
20
Defender
14
Defender
5
5
Defender
18
Defender
12
27
Defender
26
Defender
6
Defender
4
Midfielder
19
Midfielder
30
Midfielder
23
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
22
Midfielder
27
Midfielder
26
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
10
10
Forward/Striker
15
Midfielder
16
Forward/Striker
25
Midfielder
13
Forward/Striker
9
Midfielder
29
Forward/Striker
17
Forward/Striker
12
Forward/Striker
16
Forward/Striker
19
Forward/Striker
20
Forward/Striker
11
Forward/Striker
28
Forward/Striker
25
Forward/Striker
7
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
23
Forward/Striker
3
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