CAF Champions League: Wydad Casablanca give themselves some breathing space against Simba SC

Wydad dominated, Wydad ended up winning. This Saturday, December 9, at home against Simba Sport Club, the Casablanca club got its first points of the group stage of the Champions League and gives itself some breathing room.

Wydad won in extremis against Simba (1-0) in the group stage of the CAF Champions League, on December 9, 2023 (illustration image). FIFA via Getty Images - David Ramos - FIFA

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Definitely, in this group stage of the CAF Champions League, Wydad AC likes to make it difficult for itself. After two defeats conceded in the first two matches, in this third day of Group B this Saturday, the Moroccans came up against Simba Sport Club for a long time before finding the breakthrough at the very end of the match (1-0). The first points gleaned in this 2023/2024 campaign, a record that remains meagre, but which gives a little breathing room to the WAC.

In the game, Wydad generally had the cards in hand from the first half. Without creating many chances, the Moroccans played higher than their opponents and put more pressure on them. This resulted in a penalty won a few minutes before the break, which was saved by the gloves of Ayoub Lakred.

In the second half, the scenario repeated itself. The dominance was clear, but not total, in any case not enough to snatch victory before injury time. It was finally on a long set piece from the right that Zakaria Draoui controlled the ball, with a bit of success, alone in the penalty area. After that, he finished strongly, between the legs of Lakred (90'+5).

The Almighty Mazembe Braked

Earlier in the day, Asec Mimosas logically won on the pitch of the Jwaneng Galaxy. The Ivorian club relied on a brace from 20-year-old Karamoko Sankara, his second and third goals already in the CAF Champions League this season, to win and take the lead in Group B.

For its part, the Almighty Mazembe broke its teeth. On the pitch of the newcomer of the competition, Nouadhibou, the club already five times crowned and could not do better than a 0-0 draw with Nouakchott. A result that allows the Mauritanians to stay in the race, but which does not allow Tout Puissant Mazembe to break away at the top of Group A.

Finally, Esperance Tunis, who played at the same time as Wydad, were held to a 0-0 draw by Petro de Luanda and missed the opportunity to take first place in their group.

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