Big Win For Chiefs In Casablanca
It was a massive result for Kaizer Chiefs in the first leg of their CAF Champions League semi-final against Wydad Casablanca as the South Africans won 1-0 at the Stade Mohamed V in Morocco.
It was Chiefs’ first ever appearance in a semi-final of the CAFCL, and also the first time they’d experience VAR in a match.
And it was a VAR decision that gave Chiefs that all important away goal, ahead of next week’s second leg in Johannesburg.
Wydad Casablanca 0-1 Kaizer Chiefs
The home team had an early chance in the third minute, but Bruce Bvuma dealt easily with Mohammed Ounnajem’s attempt, while Muaid Ellafi’s shot in the tenth minute went high and wide.
The Moroccans took early control of the possession, with Chiefs intent on defending in numbers and looking to hit on the counter. Yahya Idrissi tried a long range effort in the 18th minute, but it went just wide of Bvuma’s goal. Ellafi’s attempt two minutes later was also off target.
Chiefs had a rare attack in the 24th minute, but Bernard Parker’s effort was deflected behind for a corner.
Wydad though continued to press for a goal, but they met stout defence from Chiefs, with Daniel Cardoso making a few key interceptions.
Walid El Karti, the Wydad captain had a chance in the 28th minute, but his header went over the goal, while Bvuma made a big save a minute, as he denied Ellafi’s header.
Kaizer Chiefs took the lead against the run of play in the 30th minute, as Samir Nurkovic scored on the half hour mark, as VAR over-ruled the linesman who had adjudged it off-side. Nurkovic finishing off Njabulo Blom’s cross.
While Wydad continued to apply pressure, they were unable to find the equaliser, Bvuma making an excellent save to deny Aymane El Houssani’s free kick in stoppage time, and at the break Chiefs led 1-0.
Wydad started the second half piling on the pressure, and looking to get a goal by any means, two dives in the box in the opening five minutes were waved away by the referee.
A handball call against Reeve Frosler in the 54th minute was also turned down as the home team continued to be frustrated by the Amakhosi defence. Two minutes later Bvuma denied Ayoub El Kababi at the far post.
Blom’s volley in the 62nd minute was never on target, as Chiefs tried to take advantage of another rare attack. And two minutes later Bvuma made another excellent save to deny El Hassouni’s powerful long range attempt.
Ounnajem’s free kick chance in the 78th minute went just narrowly over, as Chiefs continued to hold out in Casablanca.
Wydad went close again in the 82nd minute but Cardoso made a clearance off the line,while Bvuma saved El Karti’s shot four minutes later.
Chiefs continued to frustrate the home team, and held out for a huge result on the night.