Masry exit Confederation Cup after narrow defeat at Berkane

Ahram Online , Monday 25 Apr 2022

An early penalty from Youssef El Falhi was enough for RS Berkane of Morocco to overturn their first leg defeat 2-1 against Egyptian side Masry to reach the Confederation Cup semis on Sunday.

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Masry lost 1-0 at Berkane (Photo: Masry twitter account)

 

The Moroccan side, who won the title in 2020, advanced on the away goal rule that is still in use in Africa, unlike Europe, after a 2-2 draw on aggregate.

RS Berkane will play TP Mazembe of DR Congo, who ousted Egyptian side Pyramids FC, in the semis.

The hosts pressed forward early in the game and it paid off as they were awarded a penalty after only five minutes for a handball on defender Yasser Hamed. El Falhi made no mistakes from the spot to give the Moroccan an early lead after seven minutes.

They missed the chance to extend their lead as Charki El Bahri missed the goal from inside the box and a header from Hamza Regragui was denied by the post inside the 15 minutes.

After their blistering start, the hosts took their foot off the gas pedal and adopted a more cautious approach letting Masry control the ball in midfield without being able to trouble their keeper.

However Mohamed Antar and Amr Marei came close from scoring just before the break but failed to find the back of the net from close range.

Masry upped their game after the interval as RS Berkane sat back on defence to protect their lead.

Although they were largely dominant, the Egyptians could not carve out spaces to create any danger.

Coach Moine Chaabani brought in all his forwards Austin Amutu, Ahmed El Sheikh and Ahmed Amutu but to no avail as the team’s journey in the Confederation Cup ended in Berkane.

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