Tuesday Jul 17, 2018. 17:59
TP Mazembe secured a 1-0 win over MC Alger in the 2018 CAF Champions League Group B match at the Stade TP Mazembe in DR Congo on Tuesday.
As a result, the DR Congo's Mazembe remained at the top of the group standings, while Algerian side Alger also remained second on the table.
The Ravens threatened first through their inspirational winger Rainford Kabala 11 minutes into the encounter.
However, the Zambia international's attempt was saved by Alger goalkeeper Farid Chaal, who ensured that his side did not concede an early goal.
The hosts dominated possession in search of the opening goal with Ben Malango, who has netted three goals in the group stage leading the Mazembe attack.
However, the Ravens were struggling to penetrate the Dean defence which was marshalled by Rachid Bouhenna.
Mazembe continued to attack and Issama Mpeko delivered a cross for Adama Traore, but Chaal gathered the ball with ease in the 31st minute.
The Dean had a rare chance to break the deadlock five minutes before the half-time break.
However, Alger winger Walid Derardja missed the target - failing to test Ivory Coast international Sylavin Gbohouo in Mazembe goal-posts.
The two teams were locked at 0-0 at the interval following a first-half which was dominated by Mazembe, but they failed to beat Chaal.
The Ravens continued their dominance after the restart, but it was the Dean, who nearly scored in the 54th minute.
Derardja unleashed an effort which was well-saved by Gbohouo as Alger looked to take a surprise lead.
Mazembe head coach Kazembe Mihayo introduced Meschak Elia in the 63rd minute as the hosts looked to break the deadlock.
Super-sub Elia's goal-bound effort was deflected out by Alger defender Azzi with 20 minutes left on the clock.
The home side never lost hope and they deservedly grabbed a late winning goal through Elia with the Dean defence exposed in the 88th minute.
The 21-year-old forward scored with a left-footed effort to hand Mazembe a 1-0 win over Alger.
Mazembe (0) 1 (Elia 88')
Alger (0) 0
Mazembe: Gbohouo, Kasusula, Issama, Chongo, Mondeko, Sinkala, Koffi, Likonza, Kalaba (Ushindi 81'), Traore (Sissoko 67'), Malango (Elia 63').
Alger: Chaal, Hachoud, Demmou, Bouhenna, Azzi, Amada (Bourdim 90'+3), Bendebka, Dieng, Derardja, Nekkache (Tebbi 77'), Souibaah (Benothmane 87').