10-men Wydad Fight Back To Draw But Advantage Esperance

Wydad Casablanca and Esperance de Tunis shared the spoils in the first leg of the CAF Champions League final in a 1 - 1 draw at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat.

 

After a cagey first 40 minutes, Esperance finally broke the deadlock when Coulibaly reacted quickest to follow up to his own rebound and force the ball into the net in the 44th minute to open the scoring.

 

Wydad thought they had equalised immediately through Ayoub El Amloud only for a Video Assistant Referee review check to show there had been a handball in the build-up and the goal be ruled out by Egyptian referee Gehad Gerisha in the CAF Champions League's first taste of VAR.

 

In the 57th minute VAR was consulted once more to determine whether Esperance captain Khalil Chamm had blocked a goal-bound shot with his hand hut referee Greisha deciding it had not.

 

Wydad did eventually grab an equaliser to keep their hopes of a 3rd title alive when defender Comara powered home a header from a 79th minute free kick to make it 1 - 1 and that's how it ended.

 

The draw leaves the final wide open going into next week's return game in Tunisia, however with the away goal, Esperance will definitely be the more happier of the two teams ahead of the 2nd leg.