17 May 2018 12:22
Despite going down to 10-men early in the second half, Kenya’s Gor Mahia did everything right against Algeria’s USM Alger but score.
The hosts had a flurry of scoring opportunities to score in the tie but spurned them picking a second consecutive draw that leaves them second in Group D.
Gor Mahia played 35 minutes of the tie with a one man disadvantage after central defender Joash Onyango received his matching orders after a second yellow card.
“I think we did fantastic well today especially when we played with a man down. We had to reorganize and the players ran their feet sore. It was a tough game and getting a point against a tough opponent like USM Alger is no mean feat,” Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr said after the match.
His opposite number Milloud Hamdi was also pleased with the point especially with Yanga and Rayon Sport drawing in the other fixture meaning they remained top of the standings in Group D.
“It was a very tough game because Gor Mahia is a good team with good players. It was difficult even when we had the advantage. Sometimes it is not easy to play against 10 men. I am happy with my players though we had to adjust our playing style because of the rain but the point is welcome,” the tactician said.
It was an end to end game from the first minute with USMA going in faster off the blocks. In the third minute, Abderahmane Meziane broke into the box but couldn’t keep his balance, tumbling when he had an opportunity to shoot and score.
The Kenyans began to grow into the game as it progressed and it took a superb tackle from Ayub Abdellaoui to ensure the scores remained 0-0 when he slid in to block Ephraim Guikan who was heading through on goal from a George Odhiambo pass.
The home side kept pushing and in the 22nd minute, Guikan saw his header well saved by the keeper after he glanced in connecting to a Godfrey Walusimbi cross.
On the half hour mark, Gor should have surely been ahead. Odhiambo was found unmarked by a cross from Francis Kahata but his header was saved by the keeper and the rebound sent against the crossbar.
A minute to the break, Guikan had another chance when his connection at the near post from a Walusimbi delivery was blocked for a corner.
Things intensified in the second half with the visitors once again off the blocks faster. They were handed a boost 10 minutes in when Onyango was sent off.
The visitors responded with an attacking change, Oualid Ardji replacing Bouderbal. They had a few minutes of dominance, but again, it was Gor who pulled up double the effort.
It was Gor who came close to going ahead when Jacques Tuyisenge shot from distance and the keeper spilled after 61 minutes. He raced to the rebound but took too many touches allowing the USM defense to block his final effort.
Francis Kahata had another effort minutes later with a low shot from the right which was deflected for a corner.
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*All times are in GMT