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VIDEO: Mazembe record second consecutive defeat of Smouha
Mazembe succeded in securing their second consecutive defeat of Smouha, by defeating them 1-0 in Lumumbashi courtesy of a goal from Roger Assale.
The Blues’ formation changed compared to their last game, with new recruit and Egyptian Premier League top goalscorer Hossam Paulo in the starting line-up, partnered up front by Hany El-Egeizy.
However, there was no stopping the four-time African champions who recorded their second win over the Blues in just over two weeks.
TP Mazembe XI : Robert Kidiaba, Joel Kimwaki, Shonjou Kabaso, Salif Coulibaly, Richard Boateng, Boubacar Diarra, Daniel Adjei, Solomon Asante, Roger Assale, Mabwana Samatta, Shibani Troare (Shikala 68).
Smouha XI : El-Mahdi Soliman, Yasser Ibrahim, Ahmed Fawzy, Othman Watara, Saad , Ahmed Shokry , Ahmed Homos, Ahmed Nabil Manga, Hossam Paulo, Hany El-Egeizy (Hermann Kouao).
Mazembe started the match full of energy to go top of the group, especially following Moghreb Tetouan’s shock win over Al Hilal in Omdurman on Friday.
Four minutes in, Les Corbeaux’s Asante missed a really good chance to rattle El-Mahdy Soliman’s net. The rest of the first half saw the home side with the fair share of possession, but no real threat on the visitors’ goal, who were playing on the counter.
In the second half, the Blues tried to break the siege imposed by Mazembe, but they failed to threaten Robert Kidiaba’s goal.
In the 53rd minute, a corner for TP Mazembe resulted in the game’s opening goal. A faulty clearance by Hossam Paulo fell to Assale who acrobatically finished past Soliman; 1-0.
Smouha coach Mohamed Youssef put on Hermann Kouao in place of Egeizy in an aim to penetrate the Congolese defence. However, it was The Raves who missed a really good chance to take the lead, as they were denied by El-Mahdi Soliman.
The Alexandrians could’ve made it 1-0 towards the end; however, Manga’s cross from a free-kick was handled really well by Kidiaba.
Mazembe now sit at the top of Group A with eight points after their second win over Smouha in a fortnight; while, the Blue Wave sit at the bottom of the group with three points.