Wydad edge Alger to book CAF Champions League semi-final spot

Wydad edge Alger to book CAF Champions League semi-final spot
Wydad players celebrate a goal scored by Walid El Karti

by Staff Reporter

Saturday May 22, 2021. 20:12

Wydad Casablanca defeated MC Alger 1-0 in the CAF Champions League quarter-final second-leg match at the Stade Mohamed V in Morocco on Saturday night.

As a result, Wydad progressed to the semi-finals after defeating Algerian side Alger 2-1 on aggregate and the Moroccan giants will face South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs in the last four next month.

The Red Castle began the game brightly and they applied some pressure on the Dean, but the hosts were let down by some poor finishing.

Aymane Hassouni’s effort was well saved by Alger goalkeeper Ahmed Boutagga after the Wydad midfielder was allowed some space and time to shoot.

Ayoub El Kaabi also had a chance to put Wydad in the lead, but the 27-year-old forward failed to keep his attempt on target and the score was 0-0 at the interval.

The Dean did not adopt a defensive approach after the restart as they pushed forward in search of the opening goal of the encounter.

Midfielders Mehdi Benaldjia and Abderrahmane Bourdim were both introduced in the 66th minute by Alger head coach Nabil Neghiz as the visitors looked to control the game.

The Red Castle surged forward in numbers in the closing proceedings as they looked to snatch a late winning goal.

They did get the goal they had been looking for in stoppage time as Walid El Karti hit the back of the net to hand Wydad a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Alger.

Wydad 1 (El Karti 90’+3)

Alger 0

Wydad: Tagnaouti; Amloud, Aboulfath, Dari, Attiat-Allah; Jabrane, Hassouni (Msuva 87′), El Karti, Ellafi (Comara 87′), Ounajem (Gaddarine 90’+4), El Kaabi.

Alger: Boutagga, Rebiai, Harrag, Lamara (Dahlal 90’+4), Hadded, Addadi (Abdellaoui 87′), Belkheir, Diomande (Bourdim 66′), Frioui (Benaldjia 66′) Bensaha, Hachoud.

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