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CAF CCL Semi final: Achraf Bencharki’s strike gives Zamalek SC slim advantage over Raja ahead of return leg.

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Zamalek Sports Club needed Moroccan Achraf Bencharki’s header to defeat Raja Athletic Club in the second final of CAF Champions league played at Sports Complex Mohammed V on Sunday night.

Former Wydad Athletic Club player, Bencharki raised up to head the ball at far post  and thanks to  Ahmed ‘Zizo’ Mostafa’s well weighed cross in the 18th minute of the game to give Zamalek SC a slim advantage ahead of the return leg on 24th October 2020 at Cairo International stadium.

Zamalek picked their second away win from home in the last 14, CAF Champions league outings and inflicted a second home  defeat to Raja Athletic Club in the last 23, Caf Champions league games.

What coaches Jamal Sellami (Raja Athletic Club Coach ) and Jaime Pacheco (Zamalek SC)  said after  the game

“I believe we deserved a draw at least. I thank my players because they gave their all despite the difficult situation we had. I cannot blame any player today and we were the better side all over the game. We still have a chance in the return leg in Cairo and I believe we are still capable of reaching the final. Jamal Sellami told media.

“My players played to my instructions and we achieved a good result away from home. We felt exhausted because we had many domestic games in a short time, but we were brave enough to have this game tonight. Nothing is won yet, we have to remain focused in the return leg and achieve our target by going through to the final.” Said Jaime Pacheco

Egyptian clubs Zamalek and Al Ahly have dominated the first legs of the CAF Champions league and stand high chance of both of  them making it to finals having picked their wins away from home.

On Saturday Al Ahly managed a (0-2 )win against Wydad Athletic Club tobrighten their chances of making their third CAF Champions league final in the last four editions.

If  both Zamalek and Al Ahly meet on the finals, the final game would be played in Egypt.

First leg results.

Raja Athletic Club 0 -1 Al Ahly

Wydad Athletic Club 0-2 Zamalek SC .

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