Sunday Oct 04, 2015. 01:13
USM Alger qualified for their first ever CAF Champions League final on Saturday, after playing to a goalless draw with Al Hilal in Bologhine in the return leg of their semifinals tie.
The 2-1 win in Omdurman in the first leg proved enough to take them through on aggregate.
USMA started the better of the two sides, coming close to opening the scoring through Mohamed Meftah, Mohamed Amine Aoudia and Karim Baiteche in the first 30 minutes of the game.
However, the visitors started to wake up halfway through the first half, with the ‘Red and Black’ slowly losing composure.
The two teams went into the break on level terms after failing to produce any sort of exciting football.
With a place in the final of Africa’s foremost club competition up for grabs, the atmosphere remained edgy and tense at Stade Omar Hamadi in the second half.
Hilal’s Malian centre-back Souleymane Konaté almost deflected the ball into his own net at the restart, while first leg hero Mohamed Lamine Zemmamouche had to produce the goods again to deny Abdellatif Boya five minutes from time.
Mohamed Meftah’s opener deep into stoppage time was ruled out for an off-side position, which ultimately didn’t spoil the party.
The ‘Red and Black’ will battle TP Mazembe or Al Hilal’s fellow Khartoum giants Al Merreikh for the continental crown.