Belouizdad miss chance to ignite Caf CL campaign

Belouizdad miss chance to ignite Caf CL campaign
Faris Abdalla Mamoun of Al Hilal and M. Koukpo of CR Belouizdad during the 2021 CAF Champions League football match between CR Belouizdad and Al Hilal at Stade du 5 Juillet in Algiers, Algeria on 05 March 2021 ©Ladjal Djaffar/BackpagePix

by Bertin Basson

Friday Mar 05, 2021. 23:17

CR Belouizdad and Al-Hilal Omdurman played out to a 1-1 draw in a 2020-21 Caf Champions League match at Stade du 5 Juillet 1962 in Algiers on Friday evening.

The result does both teams’ ambitions of reaching the knockout stages no favours as they remain in third and fourth place respectively in Group B after three matches, having both yet to win a game. Group rivals TP Mazembe and Mamelodi Sundowns will meet in Lubumbashi on Saturday.

The Blue Wave opened the scoring as early as the third minute when Mohamed Abdel Raman Yousif hit the back of the net for the Sudanese visitors.

Benin forward Marcellin Koukpo levelled matters on the cusp of half-time with a back-heel finish and the White and Reds had a chance to win the match in second-half stoppage time after being awarded a penalty.

Hamza Bellahouel stepped up to the spot but failed to hit the target as the Algerian club were ultimately left to rue a catalogue of missed chances on the night.

The two teams will face off in the reverse fixture scheduled to take place at Al-Hilal Stadium in Omdurman on the 16th of March.

CR Belouizdad (1) 1 (Koukpo 43′)

Al-Hilal Omdurman (1) 1 (Raman Yousif 3′)

CR Belouizdad: Moussaoui; Nessakh, Boulakhoua, Bouchar, Hais Benderrouya, Sayoud (Belkhir 64′), Tarikat, Aiboud, Draoui, Ngombo (Bellahouel 73′), Koukpo.

Al-Hilal Omdurman: Ali Achrine; Mamoun (Boya 37′), Abdalla, Merghani, Abaker, Saeed Ahmed, El Shighail, Hamid (Mokhtar 64′), Safour (Faroug 80′), Abdel Raman Yousif, Mugadam (Bongonga 81′).

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