The Algerian club Mouloudia reached the final of the African Club Champions' Cup when they defeated Nigeria's Enugu Rangers 3-0 in the second leg of their semi-final tie in Algiers on Saturday (6 November).
The Algerian club Mouloudia reached the final of the African Club Champions' Cup when they defeated Nigeria's Enugu Rangers 3-0 in the second leg of their semi-final tie in Algiers on Saturday (6 November). The Enugu Rangers had won the first leg of the semi-final 2-0 in Lagos, but Mouloudia go through to the final on a 3-2 aggregate.
SYNOPSIS: Mouloudia kicked off in front of a home crowd of 40,000 at the Olympic Stadium.
They were quickly on the attack knowing they had to score at least three goals to overcome their opponents' first leg lead. An early shot from striker Bousri was saved by the Enugu goalkeeper Okala Emmanuel.
However, the first half remained scoreless.
Enugu re-started play with great hopes of keeping their lead intact. They concentrated on defensive football leaving all the attacking to their opponents. Extra police were brought to the ground as the huge crowd became restless when their local team failed to break through.
But in the 47th minute Mouloudia winger Bellemou latched onto a long, through pass and scored the opening goal.
Mouloudia took great encouragement from the goal, and began a series of relentless almost desperate attacking raids on the Enugu goal. Four minutes later the pressure paid off when their other winger Betrouni made a great run up the centre and drove the ball into the net.
That meant the two teams were exactly level, with the place in the final still to be decided. Mouloudia centre-forward Draoui made the decision in the 78th minute. After Enugu failed to clear a corner, Draoui chested the ball down, brought it under control and rammed it home for the winner.