Sports activities Information of Thursday, 24 December 2020
Source: Ghana Soccernet
Asante Kotoko are on the brink of elimination from the Caf Champions League after a disappointing end result in the very first leg of their very first-round tie in opposition to Al Hilal.
The Sudanese had been the much better aspect and deservedly secured a 1- acquire at an empty Accra Sports activities Stadium.
The winning objective was scored by Congolese ahead Vinny Kombe Bongonga but they could have scored more experienced they been clinical in from of objective.
Kotoko, who have been just lately sacked their coach Maxwell Konadu, have been the 2nd-most effective on the day, failing to give the Sudanese giants a tricky time in spite of possessing house edge.
Interim coach Johnson Smith will be praying for a miracle in Sudan to overcome Hilal to access the second round.
The return leg is scheduled for Oumdurman on January 5, 2021.
Kotoko created first true incursion with Christopher Nettey forcing a very good conserve from Abu-Eshrein on eight minutes with a looping cross-cum-shot.
Hilal’s to start with chance fell to Mohammed Yussif, who with the aim at his mercy, shot wide from shut vary then Ibrahim Imoro’s powerful prolonged-vary absolutely free-kick flashed off goal.
Hilal have been unlucky not to score the very first intention in the 39th minute as Kotoko defender Wahab Adams reacted swiftly to block a purpose-certain effort and hard work by Waleed Bekhet from inside the box.
Several minutes after the split, Hilal goalkeeper Abu-Eshrein developed a diving preserve to avert Kotoko from taking the lead by means of William Opoku’s header.
Hilal received the breakthrough goal in the 77th minute with Bongoga scoring with a interesting complete adhering to a good go by Mohammed Ouattara.
Naby Keita was introduced with an equalising chance on 85 minutes but the Guinean failed to continue to keep his header on concentrate on.
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