Ayoub Abdellaoui’s goal was not enough as USM Alger lost 3-1 to Wydad Casablanca in the CAF Champions League semifinals on Saturday at Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca.
The result ends the dream of the Algerians to win the title they have been chasing for all these years, whilst a brace from Achraf Bencharki and one goal through Walid El Karti ensured Casablanca booked a spot in the final.
El Karti scored in the 26th minute but the opening period of the game was not promising, Wydad pushed for an early goal and their efforts were rewarded.
The second stanza saw Casablanca finding their second goal when Bencharki scored in the 54th minute to ensure they remained in the driving seat.
Coach Paul Put’s men pushed for a goal to reply and they put the fear into their hosts through Ayoub Abdellaoui in the 67th minute.
Getting to the last 20 minutes, coach Lhoussaine Ammoutta motivated his men to push for the third goal and their efforts were rewarded in injury time.
Bencharki scored for the second time to make it 3-1 and ensure they cement a spot in the CAF Champions League final.
Wydad Casablanca (1) 3 (Karti 26′, Bencharki 54′, 90+3′)
USM Alger (0) 1 (Abdellaoui 67′)
Wydad Casablanca: Laaroubi, Rabeh, Noussir, Atouchi, Saidi, Karti, Nakach, Gaddarine (Hachimi 64′), Bencharki, Ounajem(Aoulad 85′), Haddad (Khadrouf 74′)
USM Alger: Zemmamouche, Meftah, Benmoussa, Chafaï, Abdellaoui, Sayoud, Benkhemassa, Benguit (Hamzaoui 69′), Yaya (Beldjilali 75′), Meziane, Darfalou