CAF Champions League: Hearts of Oak register slim win over Wydad Casablanca | Soccer

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A single goal made the difference as the Phobians clinched the first-round win in Accra.

The Ghanaian champions Hearts of Oak secured a 1-0 home win over the Moroccan club Wydad Casablanca in the Caf Champions League duel on Sunday. Isaac Mensah’s goal in the first half earned the Phobians first-round victory in the first leg at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Samuel Boadu’s men will go into the second leg next week with a narrow margin, where the overall winners will secure a ticket for the group stage of the competition after two games.

For the big duel against the African champions of 2017, coach Boadu undeniably presented his strongest XI with the Ghanaian national players Mohammed Alhassan, Daniel Afriyie Barnieh and goalkeeper Richard Attah.

The eleven of the guests included Tanzania ace Simon Msuva, Ivorian central defender Cheick Comara and Libyan striker Muaid Ellafi.

More relaxed in the opening minutes, WAC Hearts goalkeeper Attah called for a save as early as the sixth minute, signaling their intention and purpose.

As the game progressed, however, the Phobians’ confidence grew when Emmanuel Nettey tried his luck at the start – unsuccessfully – from a distance.

The Ghanaian Premier League champions suffered a setback in the 18th minute when they were forced to come on early when Congo defender Raddy Ovouka left the field with an injury.

Not burdened by the withdrawal of their influential left-back, the hosts broke through the Moroccan defense four minutes before the break when Mensah hit his marker after a cross from Ibrahim Salifu into the penalty area and tapped into the net from close range.

Hearts almost made it 2-0 after the break when Nettey prepared Kofi Kordzi for a shot, but goalkeeper Ahmed Tagnaouti was there to fend off a save.

For the big duel against the African champions of 2017, coach Boadu undeniably presented his strongest XI with the Ghanaian national players Mohammed Alhassan, Daniel Afriyie Barnieh and goalkeeper Richard Attah.

The eleven of the guests included Tanzania ace Simon Msuva, Ivorian central defender Cheick Comara and Libyan striker Muaid Ellafi.

More relaxed in the opening minutes, WAC Hearts goalkeeper Attah called for a save as early as the sixth minute, signaling their intention and purpose.

As the game progressed, however, the Phobians’ confidence grew when Emmanuel Nettey tried his luck at the start – unsuccessfully – from a distance.

The Ghanaian Premier League champions suffered a setback in the 18th minute when they were forced to come on early when Congo defender Raddy Ovouka left the field with an injury.

Not burdened by the withdrawal of their influential left-back, the hosts broke through the Moroccan defense four minutes before the break when Mensah hit his marker after a cross from Ibrahim Salifu into the penalty area and tapped into the net from close range.

Hearts almost made it 2-0 after the break when Nettey prepared Kofi Kordzi for a shot, but goalkeeper Ahmed Tagnaouti was there to fend off a save.

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