Wydad Atheltic Club were the final side to book their place in the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League after beating Algerian champions Chabab Riadhi de Belouizdad 1-0 on aggregate.
The Moroccan giants pulled off a masterclass in the first leg playing most of the game with ten men by edging Belouizdad 1-0 with less than 30% possession and they made the advantage count in a rather dull affair at the Stade Mohamed V as head coach Walid Reggui settled for a 0-0 draw.
It wasn’t a game befitting of the incredible atmosphere the sea of red shirts and devout Wydad fans created in the game that kicked off at 22h00 in local time.
But they were nonetheless elated as wild scenes sparked in the 89th minute when the famous dark arts of Wydad saw CRB goalkeeper Toufik Moussaoui lose his head, shove Muaid Ellafi in the face and earn a red card upon VAR review. And that celebrations were tenfold at the final whistle.
Wydad will now meet Petro de Luanda in the last four after the Angolan side shocked Mamelodi Sundowns to eliminate them 3-2 on aggregate after a historic result at the FNB Stadium on Saturday evening.
The other semi-final will be contested by Al Ahly and ES Setif, who are currently in ninth place in the Algerian top-flight with Darko Novic only one game into his tenure at the club.
Champions League semi-finals in full:
- Al Ahly (Egypt) vs ES Setif (Algeria)
- Wydad (Morocco) vs Petro Atletico (Angola)