Raja Casablanca was defeated 1-0 on Saturday away from home by Egypt’s Al Ismaili side in the semi-final first leg of the Mohammed VI Arab Cup of champion clubs.
It was a confrontation of a medium level during which the Greens were much more enterprising during the first period than their hosts who struggled to produce the game. Except that the Casablancais, who made the trip with a decimated workforce by significant absences, could not materialize their domination so that the first half ended in a white draw.
In the second half, Al Ismaïli’s team, which had released Al Jazeera from the United Arab Emirates and Al Ittihad Al Iskandari from Egypt in previous rounds, were able to correct the situation by putting the danger in the Rajaoui camp. The efforts of the locals were going to be rewarded in the 52nd minute of play on penalty converted by the Tunisian Fakhreddine Ben Youssef.
After opening the scoring, the partners of keeper Bouâmira, who replaced the suspended Zniti, sought equalization but came up against an opposing goalkeeper in a big day.
The game ends with a short victory for the Egyptian club, which will travel to Casablanca on March 15 with this slight advantage that the Casablancans will try to overcome. Moreover, the coach of the Greens, Jamal Sellami, said he was confident about this second round, indicating in a declaration to the Emirati channel that the team will do everything possible to obtain its ticket for the final of this Arab Cup which will take place in Rabat.
Note that the second semi-final will be one hundred percent Saudi with the Shabab and Al Ittihad clubs from Jeddah as actors. The first team mentioned had removed the Iraqis from Chorta, while the second had ended the course of Safi Olympique after having outscored it Saturday by 1 to 0 at Al Massira stadium, knowing that in the first leg in Jeddah, the Mesfiouis had forced the draw, everywhere.
As a reminder, the winner of the 2019 Arab Cup was the Tunisian Etoile du Sahel team, which beat its Saudi counterpart of Al Hilal by 2 goals to 1.