Sunday Jun 20, 2021. 20:20
JS Kabylie defeated Cotonsport FC 2-1 in the CAF Confederation Cup semi-final first-leg match at the Roumdé Adjia Stadium in Garoua on Sunday evening.
The two teams are set to meet in the second-leg encounter at the Stade du 1er Novembre 1954 in Tizi Ouzou on June 27.
Algeria’s Kabylie saw most of the ball in the opening exchanges, but it was Cameroonian giants Cotonsport, who broke the deadlock a minute before the half-hour mark.
Lambert Araina headed home Sibiri Sanou’s free-kick to make it 1-0 to Cotonsport and it was his seventh goal in this season’s tournament.
The visitors then surged forward as they looked to level matters and they scored in the 39th minute through Malick Raiah, but the goal was disallowed for offside.
However, Kabylie kept pushing and they managed to restore parity when Ahmed Kerroum scored from close range to make it 1-1 in first-half stoppage time with Ahmed Ait Abdessalem grabbing an assist.
The hosts launched attacks after the restart as they looked to restore their lead and Felix Tchuente’s goal-bound effort was blocked in the box in the 50th minute.
Kabylie then took control of the game after the hour-mark and they went 2-1 up in the 62nd minute when Pierre Etame netted an own goal to hand the visitors the lead.
Denis Lavagne’s side continued to attack after taking the lead with Mohamed Benchaira forcing goalkeeper Narcisse Nlend into a fantastic save with 15 minutes left on the clock.
Ultimately, the match ended in a 2-1 victory in favour of Kabylie, who grabbed a first-leg advantage.
Cotonsport (1) 1 (Araina 29′)
Kabylie (1) 2 (Kerroum 45’+2, Etame 62′)
Cotonsport: Nlend, Etta, Banga, Etame, Hassan, Tcheoude, Tchuente, Sanou (Maursou 65′), Alemi (Kamilou 88′), Araina, Marou (Dairou 80′).
Kabylie: Benbot, Kerroum, Abdesselam, Souyad, Bencherifa, Raiah, Oukaci, Benabdi, Benchaira, Boulahia (Boualia 46′), Bensayah (Tizi Bouali 90′).