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Al-Hilal play out goalless draw at Mazembe
Despite going in as favourites, the Ravens were on the back-foot for large parts of the game, with Seed El Balad wasting several chances to win the game.
TP Mazembe XI: Kidiaba; Couliably, Kimwaki, Kasusula, Frimpong; Diarra, Bope, Singuluma (Samata); Assale, Traore (Ulimwengu), Kalaba.
Al-Hilal XI: Nelson, Mohamed, Atir, Saif, Nazar, Souleymane, Ioic, Mudather Careca, Nasr, Muawia, Jhulliam.
There was no real danger on any of the goalkeepers in the opening half hour with very seldom chances – the brightest being Jean Kasusala’s cross that went just over the bar.
Despite being relatively lucky to come out with a draw, Mazembe had the most dangerous chance of the half when Kasusula’s stinging left-footed free-kick was tipped over the bar by Loic Feudjou.
Muteba Kidiaba was called into action minutes later, parrying away Mudather Careca’s fantastic free-kick.
The second half saw the away side play with far more grit and could’ve made it 2-1 with 71 minutes on the clock only for Kidiaba to deny Nazar Hamid’s efforts.
Mbwana Samata wasted a glorious chance to make it 2-1 though, his header going just wide of Feudjou’s post.
In stoppage time, Kidiaba once again came to the rescue, denying Nazar Hamid’s curled strike.
The counter could’ve killed Les Corbeaux late on, with Hamid once again at the centre of danger – only this time his through pass found Jhulliam Santos, but the Brazilian’s finish was saved by the ever-present Kidiaba.