Soccer...and in the third round of the African club nations cup Algerian champions Mouloudia of?
Soccer...and in the third round of the African club nations cup Algerian champions Mouloudia of Constantine played Egyptian champions Alexandria in Algiers on Thursday (28 April).
In the second round of the African club nations cup Mouloudia defeated Luo Union of Kenya. Mouloudia lost 2-1 in Kenya but they beat the Kenyans 4-1 in Algiers in the return match to clinch the tie 5-3 on aggregate.
SYNOPSIS: The away side Alexandria -- in the stripes -- kicked off. They made it clear immediately that they intended to defend and just limit the Constantine side to as few goals as possible, but they soon found there could be dangers in that attitude. Alexandria's goalkeeper Ibrahim cut out this cross well.
Mouloudia's number seven Araha showed that there was no shortage of skill in the Algerian side's attack with this fine run and pass which set up a chance for Abdelkader Fendi. Alexandria goalkeeper Ibrahim again had to be alert to foil the Algerians.
No score at half time showed that Ibrahim and the Alexandria defence had done their job well. If they could keep out the Algerians for another 45 minutes they knew they would be favourites for they would only have to win the return game at home in Egypt to get through. But after only five minutes of the half Boulekbout, one of Mouloudia's substitutes, beat the Egyptian defence to this high ball.
The goal gave the home supporters some hope.
This was the most important stage of the game with the Algerians pushing for another goal to get a reasonable two goal lead to defend in Egypt. Slama managed to block the ball here with his goalkeeper beaten -- and that save could prove the decisive point in the tie, for the Algerian pressure slackened after that and Alexandria went on to attack for almost the first time in the match. They didn't score, but their quick short passes showed that Mouloudia could have their hands full when they go to Egypt with just the one goal lead from this one-nil victory.