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Mazembe secure 1-1 draw at Algeria's Bejaia in Confederation Cup final

Ahram Online , Saturday 29 Oct 2016
TP Mazembe
File photo of TP Mazembe (AFP)

TP Mazembe of the DR Congo look slightly favourites to win the African Confederation Cup after holding MO Bejaia to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the final in Blida on Saturday.

The visitors took the lead via a penalty from Jonathan Bolingi two minutes before the break but an exquisite free kick from Faouzi Yaya in the second half brought Bejaia level.

Mazembe, four-time winners of the elite African Champions League, survived a late onslaught to come close to winning their first title of the continent's secondary club competition.

The second leg will take place in Lubumbashi on 6 November.

Bejaia mounted early pressure and almost went ahead after 19 minutes when Morgan Betorangal broke clear after a through pass but failed in his attempt to round goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo.

Mazembe then stunned the home crowd on 43 minutes when Roger Assale robbed a defender and broke clear before being tripped by keeper Chamseddine Rahmani as the referee immediately pointed to the spot.

Bolingi stepped up and found the bottom corner although Rahmani got a hand to his low shot.

Yaya drew Bejaia level six minutes past the hour mark when his delightful free-kick from 25 metres went over the wall and into the top corner.

He was guilty of squandering two clear-cut chances in the latter stages as Mazembe held on for a valuable draw ahead of the second leg.

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