The 24-year-old striker scored twice to give his side a point and also to keep his grips on the goal king prize after a dismal first half performanceBerekum Chelsea gained a hard-fought point against TP Mazembe after Emmanuel Clottey scored twice in the second half to cancel out two goals from Tresor Mputu in the first half.
A true game of two halves saw the home side dominate proceedings in the first half and took a two-goal lead through an Mputu double. The Congolese footed home after good work from Mbwana Ally Samata set him up before scoring a rebound from a penalty after Ernest Sowah saved his initial effort.
Clottey, the competition’s leading goal scorer, however, scored twice in the second half. He slotted home from a spot kick after the goalkeeper brought him down before producing a magnificent effort from his left foot to grab a point for his side.
The Ravens started the game brightly with Mputu getting a strike at goal in under a minute and with the Blues struggling, the four-time Africa champions piled on the pressure. Given Singuluma got his head onto a good cross from the left, but could not direct it goalward. The Ghanaians got out of their shells for a moment when Jackson Owusu got down well the flank but Congolese made the early pressure count when Mputu slotted the ball into the bottom corner after good work from Samata set him up in the 11th minute.
Mazembe kept the pressure on after the goal and Rainford Kalaba almost made it two in three minutes but saw his effort strike the post. Mazembe kept piling the pressure on a Chelsea side which looked really befuddled and won a penalty in the 30th minute after Mputu was brought down in the box.
Sowah made the save from the penalty but slow reactions from his defenders meant Mputu was allowed time to find the roof of the net from the rebound to double The Ravens’ lead in the 32nd minute. Chelsea managed a short spell of possession after conceding but could make little of it again and nearly conceded a third, but Kalaba blasted wide from a good position.
The Ravens comfortably saw out the half going into the break with their two-goal lead intact and their backline rarely troubled. The Ghanaians on the other hand did not look too happy.
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The former Ghana champions started the second half better than they had played before the interval looking more composed and finally looking like they could pose a real threat. The Blues kept looking dangerous but were guilty of overelaboration on a number of occasions. All their progress was, however, threatened when Mputu got past his man on the flank and got in a good cross, but Sowah produced some good reflexes to get his hand onto the ball.
Jordan Opoku tried to respond almost immediately but saw his effort whiz past the post. Their pressure paid off though as Clottey was fouled in the box by Muteba Kidiaba after he got round the shot-stopper. The 24-year-old stepped up to slot home his 10th goal of the competition in the 71st minute to set up a nervous finish to the game. The goal, however, seemed to awaken the Congolese side and they began to take control of the game again looking to see out the final 10 minutes of the game.
They did not manage that, however, as Clottey produced a moment of absolute class in the 83rd minute to draw the Blues level turning the defender inside from the right hand side of the penalty box and curling one in with his left foot out of Kidiaba’s reach and into the top left hand corner.
Sowah had to be on hand though to prevent Mazembe from restoring their lead with a good save from a looping header that was headed for goal. Mazembe tried to get their hands on the winner but could not capitalise on their chances with Mputu missing a chance to complete his hat-trick after heading wide from close range. Berekum Chelsea managed to see out the game and claim a point to boost their chances of making it through from the group and leaving the four-time champions in dire straits after two games.