Kabilye battles over spirited Sfax to make semis

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Algerian side JS Kabilye sailed through to the semi-finals of the Total CAF Confederation Cup despite drawing 1-1 at home with Tunisia’s CS Sfaxien in the second leg played on Saturday at the Tizi-Ouzou Stadium.

Kabilye went through with a 2-1 aggregate score having won the first leg 1-0 in Sfax last weekend. They will face off with Cameroon’s Coton Sport in the last four. This will be a third meeting between the two sides this season as they were placed in the same pool during the group phase.

Denis Lavagne’s men were the most enterprising throughout the game, against Tunisians who certainly travelled to Algeria with a clear ambition to win.

It was the home side however who opened the scoring when Rida Bensayah scored from the penalty spot, just as he did in the first leg in Sfax.

With the slender goal lead, The Canaries came off the break with some revamped confidence and commanded more possession. However, they could not add their tally of goals.

JS Kabylie v Sfaxien

Their failure to turn possession into goals was punished nine minutes from time when Harzi Aymen converted from the penalty spot. The goal suddenly lifted Sfaxien spirits and they kicked in the adrenaline to hunt for a second goal.

But, Kabilye held on to ensure the score remained the same and they secured their place in the last four.