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AFRICAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2017
Finals 
2nd leg

Wydad Casablanca vs Al Ahly 1:0

 

Wydad beat Ahly to lift trophyEmbed from Getty Images

 

Morocco's Wydad Casablanca win the African Champions League for the second time in their history after victory over Egypt's Al Ahly in the final.
  
Wydad Casablanca celebrate after winning the 2017 African Champions League

 

Wydad Casablanca of Morocco became African champions for a second time when they defeated Al Ahly of Egypt 1:0 on Saturday in the second leg of the African Champions League final.

Walid El Karty scored the only goal on 69 minutes to give the home team a 2:1 aggregate triumph after they forced a 1:1 draw in the Egyptian city of Alexandria last weekend.

Achraf Bencharki, who equalised in the first leg, set up the goal with a deflected cross for El Karty to score his third goal of the competition.

The victory bridged a 25-year gap for Wydad, who conquered Africa for the first time in 1992 when they defeated Al Hilal of Sudan.

Wydad pocketed a record $2.5 million and are guaranteed at least another $1 million by competing at the Fifa Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates during December.

Wydad's Walid El Karty struck their winning goal in the 69th minute

Although Ahly dominated possession and territory during the goalless opening half, Wydad came closest to breaking the deadlock with 30 minutes gone.

A long clearance from goalkeeper Zouheir Laaroubi set in motion a move that ended with a deflected shot from Abdeladim Khadrouf rattling the crossbar.

Relieved Ahly had a great chance to take the lead four minutes later when first-leg scorer Moamen Zakaria broke clear to go one-on-one with Laaroubi.

But the Egyptian was thwarted by Wydad's keeper who used both hands to make a brilliant block.

Wydad Casablanca coach Hussein Amotta has led his team to seven wins out of seven at home in the Champions League this season

Smoke from flares enveloped the pitch as the second half started in the Moroccan commercial capital, making visibility temporarily difficult for the near-capacity crowd.

Wydad were more adventurous as the half progressed, using the flanks to put pressure on Ahly, and forcing their first corner with 58 minutes gone.

Morocco-born Walid Azaro, battling to make an impact as the lone Ahly striker, was withdrawn on the hour by coach Hossam El Badry with Ahmed Hamoudi taking his place.

As the second leg drifted into the final quarter, play continued to be confined mainly to midfield with Wydad in pole position thanks to the away goal.

With 69 minutes gone the deadlock finally ended as El Karty struck with his point-blank header evading Ahly captain and goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy.

El Badry reacted to his team falling behind by introducing veteran striker Emad Meteab and winger Walid Soliman as he sought the goal that would level the final on aggregate.

But it was Wydad who came closest to scoring in a frenetic finish.

 

 

 

4 Nov 2017
(BBC Sport UK)

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