Saturday Jul 10, 2021. 23:11
Raja Casablanca secured a 2-1 win over JS Kabylie in the 2020/21 CAF Confederation Cup final at the Stade de l’Amitié in Cotonou, Benin on Saturday night.
As a result, Moroccan giants won the Confederation Cup for the second time, while Algeria’s Kabylie finished second in Africa’s secondary club tournament.
The Green Devils started the match like a house on fire as they grabbed two goals within the first 14 minutes of the encounter which left the Lions of Djurdjura stunned.
Soufiane Rahimi was the man, who opened the scoring as rounded Kabylie goalkeeper Oussama Benbot, before scoring to hand Raja a 1-0 lead just five minutes into the game.
Rahimi was the joint top scorer in this season’s Confederation Cup with five goals alongside his teammate Ben Malango at that point.
Raja went 2-0 up in the 14th minute when Oussama Soukhal played a low cross for Malango, who controlled the ball well, before firing past Benbot to double the Green Devils’ lead.
Kabylie surged forward in numbers as they looked to pull one back, but they struggled to penetrate Raja’s defence and the score was 2-0 to the reigning Moroccan champions at half-time.
The Lions of Djurdjura came out rejuvenated after the restart and they managed to score through Zakaria Boulahia, who netted with a powerful low shot a minute into the second-half to make it 2-1.
Raja then suffered a blow when Omar Arjoune was given a straight red card for making a reckless challenge and the Green Devils were reduced to 10 players just three minutes after the hour-mark.
Despite being numerically disadvantaged, Raja continued to attack and they had a chance to restore their two-goal lead with 16 minutes left, but Malango’s effort was fantastically saved by Benbot.
The momentum was with Kabylie in the closing proceedings, but the Lions of Djurdjura were struggling to create clear-cut chances and ultimately, Raja ran out 2-1 winners on the night.
Raja (2) 2 (Rahimi 5′, Malango 14′)
Kabylie (0) 1 (Boulahia 46′)
Raja: Zniti, Madkour, Hadhoudi, Haddad, Soukhane, Arjoune, Hafidi (Ngoma 71′), El Wardi, Benhalib (Azrida 58′), Malango (Nanah 90’+1), Rahimi (Al Makazi 90’+1)
Kabylie: Benbot, Bencherifa, Ait Abdessalem, Souyad, Kerroum, Raiah (Hamroune 46′), Oukaci (Boualia 69′), Benchaira, Benabdi, Boulahia (Nezla 76′), Bensayah (Al Tabal 76′)