Caf Champions League Report: Casablanca beat USM Alger, Ahly trash Etoile
Egyptian giants Al Ahly will meet Morocco's Wydad Casablanca in this season's African Champions League final after the two sides booked their places

In the wake of the 0-0 draw in the opening leg, a brace from Achraf Bencharki and Walid El Karti’s solid strike ensured Wydad Casablanca claimed a 3-1 win over USM Alger to book a spot in the Caf Champions League final on Saturday.

Wydad’s early pressure paid off when El Karti opened the scoring in the 26th minute. Casablanca would take the slender lead to the interval. 

After the break, the impressive Bencharki made it 2-0 to Wydad with his 54th-minute strike.

Waydad suffered a blow when defender Amine Atouchi was sent off for a second yellow card. 

The sending off saw Alger attempt to make the most of their numerical advantage and their pressure paid off  when Ayoub Abdellaoui struck to make it 2-1 the 68th minute.

As the match headed for a tense finish, Bencharki hit his second of the game to make it 3-1in stoppage time to send Wydad to their third final –the first since losing to Tunisians Esperance in 2011.

Azaro Al Ahly Caf Champions League

On Sunday, Al Ahly stormed into the final of the African Champions League with a 6-2 victory over Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia at the Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria to secure a 7-4 aggregate victory.

Walid Azaro scored a hat-trick and strikes from Ali Maaloul, and Rami Rabia plus an own goal by Etoile's Hamdi Nagguez handed the Egyptians the historic victory. The visitors managed consolations through Rami Bedoui and Ihab Msakni.

It took Ahly just two minutes to grab the lead at home with Tunisian Ali Maaloul slamming a free kick past Ayman Mathlouthi. Azaro then headed twice see Ahly 3-0 at halftime.

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He completed his hat-trick four minutes into the second half after firing home from a Zakaria pass.

Rami Bedoui pulled a goal back for Etoile but the rampant Ahly scored twice more through an Hamdi Nagguez own-goal and a Rami Rabia strike to make it 6-1 .

Iheb Msakni scored Etoile’s second but it was just consolation as Ahly had already booked a date in the final where they will face Waydad Casablanca next month.

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