INTRODUCTION: The African Champion Club Cup....and in their first leg match in Niger, the Olympic?
TOP VIEW PAN Libya (white shirts, kicking left to right) kick off, midfield play follows.
TOP VIEW Libya attack, Niger goalkeeper makes a save.
TOP VIEW Niger attack down left wing and cross the ball to the centre, the Libyan goalkeeper parries a shot, Niger No. 9 comes in and scores from rebound, making score 1-1.
TOP VIEW Crowds at half time.
TOP VIEW PAN Second half, Niger, playing from left to right attack but lose possession, Libya bring ball upfield and push it up to right wing.
LONG VIEW Libya attack down right wing, cross ball to the centre for No. 11 to score easy goal 2-1.
TOP VIEW Crowd
TOP VIEW Midfield play, Libyan player flicks ball upfield towards the Niger goal.
LONG VIEW Libya No. 11 goes through the centre and scores easy goal. 3-1.
TOP VIEW Crowd
LONG VIEW Libya attack down left wing, the ball is crossed to the centre, No. 9 collects it and scores Libya's 4th goal.
LV Scoreboard 1-4
TOP VIEW Niger in possession, ball runs out of play.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The African Champion Club Cup....and in their first leg match in Niger, the Olympic Club of Niamey had difficult opposition in the form of Libya's sophisticated El Medina side.
SYNOPSIS: The Libyans, in the white shirts, kicked off and started pushing the ball around with arrogant calm. At the start they were bustled off the ball by the home side's greater sense of urgency, but El Medina seemed to sense they could have trouble if they underestimated their opponents. They started searching for the important first goal in earnest, but the safe hands of the Olympic goalkeeper thwarted this attack.
The Libyans managed to open the scoring with only a few minutes gone but they relaxed too soon, and Olympic equalised in the 17th minute when this bad mistake by the Libyan goalkeeper let in Diasse. The goal delighted the home crowd, and the score stayed at 1-1 until half time.
In the second half, Olympic kept looking for a goal to put them ahead and give an advantage to defend when they travel to Libya for the second leg.
But El Medina had no intention of playing a defensive game and were always aware they could retake the lead with a swift counter-attack.
And they did exactly that with this simple textbook goal from a low cross behind the defence. Moustapha was the scorer.
The goal silenced the home crowd and for a quarter of an hour El Medina were definitely on top. The Libyans' probing passes exposed gaping holes in the Olympic defence and Moustapha, the scorer of the second goal, added this equally easy one in the 66th minute -- 3-1 to El Medina.
Libya were dominating the match at this stage and number nine Abou-Bakre took his chance well to put Libya 4-1 up five minutes later.
Olympic Nostar N'Diaye reduced the Libyan lead to 4-2 with only a minute to go, but the score stayed at 4-2 and Olympic's chance of staying in the African Champions Cup must now be very slim.