Caf Confederation Cup Group B review: RSB Berkane, Al Masry through to quarter-finals

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Caf Confederation Cup Group B has been wrapped up so Matchday 6 will witness dead rubbers

RSB Berkane and Al Masry have qualified for the quarter-finals after posting positive results on Sunday.

Moroccan side Berkane beat Al Hilal 2-0 away on Sunday to reclaim control of the group while Al Masry forced a 1-1 away draw at UD Songo and dropped down to second place although they went through to the last eight.

It was a weekend in which Al Hilal were eliminated from the tournament as they remain winless at the foot of Group B, while Songo had already exited the tournament going into this match.

Fo-Doh Kodjo Laba and Burkinabe striker Alain Traore were on target as Berkane shot back to the summit of the group following a 1-0 loss to Al Masry in their previous game which saw them surrender top spot.

Togolese striker Laba thrust Berkane ahead five minutes from halftime after being set up by Abdessamad El Mobaraky, while Larbi Naji fed Traore to double the visitors’ advantage on 64 minutes.

The result saw Al Hilal lose at home in Caf inter-club competitions for the first time since 2015.

Berkane are now on 10 points, just one better than Al Masry as they head into the last round of group matches in which they host Songo in a dead rubber next week.

Their fight will be just a prestigious one to finish as group leaders but they are not pressed for any result.

Al Masry on the other hand would also be seeking to end their group campaign on top with victory over Al Hilal at home.

But knowing that achieving such a feat is not in their hands but largely depends on Berkane losing, the Egyptians might not be stressing themselves.

They already secured a quarter-final berth with a 1-1 draw away at Songo on Sunday.

Al Masry could have maintained their lead after Mohamed Grendo put them ahead but Jimmy Ukonde equalised for Songo eighth minutes from time.

 

 

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