VIDEO: ES Setif oust highlands rivals MC El Eulma in CAFCL
ES Setif claimed three important points in their CAF Champions League journey by beating rivals MC El Eulma in the ‘Highlands Derby’ on Saturday night at the Stade Messaoud Zougar.
El-Hedi Belameiri’s stoppage-time goal secured the win for Les Aigles Noirs who needed the win following their loss to USM Alger.
MC El Eulma: Mahsas, Bouzama (80’Bouterbiat), Maïza, Belhadi, Benettayeb, Chenihi, Belkhiter, Tembeng, Derrardja, Abbès (75’Laouafi), Brahmia (46’Hemitti).
ES Sétif: Khedairia, Megateli, Arroussi, Hachi, Bouchar, Delhoum, Lamri, Chenine (62’Belameiri), Baouz, Nemdil (82’Dahar), Benyettou (46’Ziaya).
The derby started intensely, with both sides eager to get on the front foot, and the first 15 minutes saw Abbes pick up the game’s first booking, when he brought down Bouchar.
Relegated MC El Eulma wanted to cause an upset to their rivals, and looked the far better side going forward, with Hachi suffering on many occasions.
Nembil tried his luck with 32 minutes on the clock, with his shot almost deceiving Mahsas; however, the ball didn’t find the net, much to the relief of Eulmis.
The home side could’ve heaped misery on Kheireddine Madoui’s men when Chenihi went through on goal, only to be brought down by Arroussi.
Benyettou had the last chance of the half to put the Ententistes ahead, but he had a clash of heads with one of Mouloudia’s defenders; first half ended 0-0.
The start of the second half was lively, and Setif thought they’d gone 1-0 up when substitute Ziaya found the net; however, the goal was ruled out for offside.
Tembang unleashed a stinging strike which could’ve made it 1-0 Eulma, but his shot slammed against Arroussi to go out for a corner.
Babia didn’t stop there, with Belkhiter doing exceptionally well to get rid of his markers, but his final pass didn’t reach Derrardja.
The reigning champions had a golden opportunity to go ahead soon after, with Belameiri’s chip falling to Ziaya who somehow missed.
The ever-present Khedairia was then called into action, pulling off two critical saves to deny Eulma from taking the lead.
Belameiri though found the lead in the dying minutes to silence the MCEE spectators present at the Stade Messaoud Zougar, sending the away sector wild.
The 24-year-old could’ve made it 2-0 two minutes later, but this time – he failed to beat Mahsas.
Here is what Setif coach Kheireddine Madoui said about his side’s win.
“Tonight’s game was far from easy, we weren’t at our best but we were intelligent,” he started.
“We allowed them space, but in the end the game was fairly equal, both teams had chances. We were definitely lucky with the goal, but in the end we didn’t have any luck in the USM Alger game.”
Group B STANDINGS:
USM Alger: 6
El Merrikh 3
ES Sétif: 3
MC El Eulma 0
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