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CAF CL: Wydad Casablanca makes it to the final

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Wydad Athletic Club players celebrate reaching the final during the CAF Champions League 2021/22 Semifinal 2nd Leg match between Wydad Athletic Club and Petro Atletico held at the Mohamed V Stadium in Casablanca, Morocco on 13 May 2022 © BackpagePix

Wydad Casablanca booked their place in the African Champions League final following a 1-1 draw at home against Petro Atletico on Friday.

The Moroccan club progressed 4-2 on aggregate after their 3-1 win in Luanda in the first leg last weekend.

Wydad will face either holders Al Ahly or Algeria’s Entente Setif in the final in Morocco at the end of the month.

Egyptian giants Ahly have a 4-0 advantage heading into the second leg of their semi-final tie on Saturday (19:00 GMT).

Angolan outfit Petro had needed to score three goals in Casablanca to have a chance to reach the final for the first time, and took a surprise 21st minute lead when Brazilian import Gleison scored with with a long-range shot after cutting in from the right flank.

However, seven minutes later Wydad centre-back Amine Ferhane headed home an equaliser from a corner.

Petro had more possession after that but could not score again in front of a huge, vocal, largely red-clad home crowd.

Substitute Yano went close with an effort from distance in the second half and right at the death home keeper Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti made a superb double save to block a shot from Anderson Cruz and the rebound from Job.

Two-time winners Wydad are into the Champions League final for the fifth time – with their most recent appearance in 2019, when they lost to Esperance of Tunisia.

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