Monday Jun 28, 2021. 08:00
Raja Casablanca got the better of Pyramids FC 5-4 on penalties (0-0 on aggregate) to book their sport in the 2020/21 CAF Confederation Cup final at Stade Mohammed V on Sunday evening.
The Green Eagles went into the two-legged semifinal as outright favourites to book their spot in the showpiece event set for Cotonou, Benin on July 10 following home-and-away wins over Pyramids in the group stages, but were almost bundled out of the competition by the Egyptians.
Following zero goals over 180 minutes of football, the game would be decided on penalties in Casablanca and after netting their first through Soufiane Rahimi, Ben Malango missed the host’s second.
Ramadan Sobhi failed to capitalise as he too failed to find the back of the net for Pyramids but the visitors were handed a chance to win the shoot-out with their fifth kick but Mohamed Farouk was unable to find the target.
Ahmed Tawfik then had an opportunity to fire Pyramids into a second successive final appearance but he too crumbled under the pressure.
Abdelilah Madkour then scored with Raja’s eighth penalty kick to but the 2018 champions back in control before Mohamed Hamdy had his penalty saved by Green Eagles captain and goalkeeper Anas Zniti, who emerged as the hero for the hosts on the night.
Raja will face JS Kabylie, who beat Cotonsport 5-1 on aggregate, in the CAF Confed Cup final next month.
Raja Casablanca (0) 0
Pyramids FC (0) 0
Raja Casablanca won 5-4 on penalties
Raja Casablanca: Zniti; Habti (Benhalib 63′), Haddad (Al Warfali 46′), El Wardi, Hafidi (Ngoma 82′), Azrida, Rahimi, Hadhoudi, Soukhane, Malango, Madkour.
Pyramids FC: Elshenawi; Gaber (Tawfik 80′), Traore (Farouk 88′), Sobhi, Emad, Said, Hamdy, Fathy, Sami, Adel (Wadi 73′), Galal.