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TP Mazembe snatch a point in Morocco
Four times champions TP Mazembe managed to force a draw in Tétouan in a hotly-contested CAF Champions League Group A encounter on Sunday night.
The result leaves TP Mazembe with two points in third place whereas Moghreb Tétouan stay fourth with only one point.
TP Mazembe were the better side overall and were closer to the three points; three points they really needed after only managing a draw in the first group game match against Al-Hilal at home.
Moghreb Tétouan: El Youssfi – Zarquh – Abarhoun – Fall – Lamrabat – El Maimouni – Jahouh – Khadrouf – El-Hardoumi – Salman – Krouch
TP Mazembe: Kidiaba – Boateng – Kimwaki – Coulibaly – Chongo – Adjei -Bope – Kalaba – Traoré – Samatta -Ulimwengu
Not much happened in the opening exchanges, it was more of a midfield battle which neither team managed to dominate properly and create proper opportunities. First real opportunity fell to Salman who shot just wide of Kidiaba’s left post from the edge of the area.
Thomas Ulimwengue replied for TP Mazembe a few minutes later after latching onto Rainford Kalaba’s low-driven cross, but the keeper saved well. TP Mazembe then threatened again when Mbwanna Ali Samatta unleashed a thunderous shot that went just wide; they looked the more dangerous side and closer to scoring but MA Tétouan managed to hold on to end the first half goalless.
TP Mazembe continued to threaten in the second half and the hosts continued to struggle. Murtada Fall and Abarhoun were under constant pressure. Mazembe thought they had opened the scoring when Rainford Kalaba was put through one-on-one with El Youssfi but his finish was met by Murtada Fall on the line who cleared brilliantly; the Moroccans were living dangerously.
MA Tétouan tried to recover but didn’t manage to create any clear cut opportunities. Although playing at home MA Tétouan will feel satisfied with the point after a very poor offensive performance. TP Mazembe tried to snatch a late winner through Samatta in stoppage time but El Youssifi denied the Tanzanian meaning the game ended goalless.
Tétouan host Al Hilal next whereas TP Mazembe travel to Alexandria to face Smouha in gameweek three.
Group A standings:
- Al Hilal – 4pts
- Smouha – 3pts
- TP Mazembe – 2pts
- MA Tétouan – 1pt