Hassania Agadir beat Moroccan rivals RS Berkane 1-0 at Stade Adrar in Agadir on Sunday afternoon to confirm their place in the knockout stages of the 2019 Caf Confederations Cup.
The result moved HUSA up to second in Group A, three points behind Berkane who had already sealed their spot in the quarter-finals as group winners last weekend.
Defending champions Raja Casablanca duly bow out of the competition despite their emphatic 4-1 win over Congolese club AS Otôho at the same time. The Green Eagles first win of the group stage campaign proving too little too late.
HUSA opened the scoring in the 26th minute of the match through Youssef Alfahli who latched onto a pass from Mehdi Oubilla.
The goal proved decisive in a match in which the Oranges failed to register a single shot on target. Nonetheless, Berkane advance having accumulated 11 points from six group matches, three more than second placed HUSA.
Hassania Agadir (1) 1 (Alfahli 26')
RS Berkane (0) 0
Hassania Agadir: El Houasli; Rami, Bouftini, Sadiki, Daoudi, Kimaoui, Oubilla (Qasmi 67'), Bennani (Markovic 88'), Tamer Seyam (Bassaine 77'), Mallouki, Alfahli.
RS Berkane: M'Hamdi; Nemssaoui, Dayo, Aziz, Mokadem, El Helali, Mobaraky (Zerzouri 72'), El Kess (Bari 83'), Abdellah (Ould El Haj 46'), Farehane, Laba.
(Africanfootball.com) A 3-0 win over AS Otoho at their Municipal Stadium on Sunday night has secured a place in the next phase of the Confederation Cup for RS Berkane.
The result sees the Moroccan side secure progression into the quarterfinals as group winners (11 points) with one game to spare. The Congo side are tied for second with Hassania Agadir (five points each), while Raja Casablanca complete the quartet (four points).
Berkane got off to a flyer and claimed the lead as early as the sixth minute, with Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba sending an effort beyond the reach of Otoho goalkeeper Wolfrigon Mongondza.
The Moroccans took full control of the game just after the half hour mark when Salman Ouald El Haj netted to make it 2-0. The attacker had replaced Alain Traore just a few minutes prior in Berkane’s first substitution.
Abdessamad El Mobaraky added a third for RSB five minutes into the second stanza, taking advantage of some slack defending from the Congo side before slipping an effort beyond Mongondza for 3-0.
The hosts were able to coast to victory through the remainder of the game, safe in the knowledge that a place in the last eight of the continental competition was secure.
The teams will wrap up their group stage campaign next weekend, with RSB away to Hassania in a Moroccan derby and Otoho at home to Raja Casablanca.
RS Berkane (2) 3 (Laba 6’, El Haj 32’, El Mobaraky 50’)
AS Otoho 0
Berkane: Mhamdi, Namsaoui, Regragui, Mokadem, Aziz, Farehane (El Mahdi 90’), Ouidare, El Helali (Yechou 75’), El Mobaraky, Traore (El Haj 29’), Laba
Otoho: Mongondza, Ondongo, Moubhibo, Bakima, Bissiki (Bagayoko 71’), Konte, Lakolo, Wamba, Ngoma, Yedan (Cisse 61’ [Ngouelou 76’]), Biassadila