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  Sunday, 17 November, 2002, 21:10 GMT
Clockwatch: Raja 4-0 Asec
Raja Casablanca 4-0 Asec Abidjan (Agg: 3-2)


98 mins: It's all over, and in the end Asec were unable to hold off Raja for long enough, the Moroccans finally overwhelming them in the last few minutes.

96 mins: GOAL Raja Casablanca 4-2 Asec Abidjan Zouit wraps it up with a fine delicate lob over Kone.

91 mins: GOAL Raja Casablanca 3-2 Asec Abidjan Endene Elokan heads Raja into the lead - and seemingly towards the final - from a fine cross from the right.

88 mins: Kone is forced into making a great save from Aboub's fine run and shot.

86 mins: Asec continue to desperately clear the ball as they try to avoid conceding the goal that would surely wrap the game up for the Moroccans.

83 mins: Raja substitute Zouit makes a burst down the right, but his cross is poor and goes behind.

82 mins: A terrific tackle in Asec's own area prevents a dangerous cross coming in from the right.

74 mins: A first save of the game for Raja goalkeeper and captain Mustapha Chadli as Asec mount a muted attack.

72 mins: Ahiba Herman Beugre clears off the Asec line from Raja's corner as Diallo proves his agility in the area again.

68 mins: Nigeria youth international Soga Sambo comes for on for compatriot Taofeek Oyasipe in the third and final change for Asec.

66 mins: Aboucherouane is narrowly wide with an effort from just inside the area after being set up by Endene Elokan. Raja continue their dramatic onslaught with Asec like a punch-drunk boxer hanging on at the ropes.

63 mins: GOAL Raja Casablanca 2-0 Asec Abidjan (Agg: 2-2) Endene Elokan finally gets the equaliser at the end of a sustained period of pressure, just slipping the ball past goalkeeper Kone after Diallo's header caught out the Asec defence.

60 mins: Furious appeals from Aboucherouane for handball in the Asec penalty box as he claims a hand stopped his shot from the edge of the area but the referee turns down the Raja goalscorer.

56 mins: Brahima Kone is on as a reserve goalkeeper for the injured Kante.

53 mins: Asec goalkeeper Kante goes down again with a troublesome knee injury, which means Brahima Kone could come on in a potentially disastrous goalkeeping switch. Kone is Asec's third choice goalkeeper, converted from his usual outfield position, with Losseni Konate having broken his arm earlier in the competition.

52 mins: A mazy run from Aboucherouane sees him fire a rising shot that flies away off the crossbar and away to safety.

51 mins: The first substitution of the match, as Diaky Ibrahim Amuah comes off for Koffi Christian Ndri, the two-goal hero of the first leg in Abidjan.

48 mins: More pressure as Kacemi fires in from the edge of the area but again Asec fling bodies in the way of the shot.

47 mins: Two early chances for Raja after the interval, the best as Sami whips in another cross but Diallo fails to connect properly and Asec are able to clear their lines.

46 mins: The second half is underway with Raja needing another goal to tie the aggregate scoreline.


Half time: Raja Casablanca 1-0 Asec Abidjan

45 mins: GOAL Raja Casablanca 1-0 Asec Abidjan (Agg: 1-2) Two minutes into stoppage time Aboucherouane finally scores for the Moroccan hosts, sliding in at close range for convert Tajeddine Sami's cross. It is the 7th goal of the Champions League for Aboucherouane. Seconds later the half-time whistle blows as the crowd burst into song.

44 mins: Aboucherouane delievers another cross from the right which Kante gets a hand to and Endene Elokan, who is caught off balance, cannot get enough power behind his shot to force the ball over the line.

40 mins: Goalkeeper Kante blunders by stepping out of his area with the ball as he seeks to clears upfield and a freekick is handed to Raja for handball. The resulktant freekick flashes just past the target in a lucky let-off for the Asec goalminder.

39 mins: Diallo gets a shot in for Raja at the near post but goalkeeper Kante covers well.

35 mins: Raja continue to seek to set chances up down the left hand side with Noureddine Kacemi and Aboucherouane but the passes are too long and too heavy. Then a rare attack down the right ends when Diallo's ball into the middle eludes both Aboucherouane and Endene Elokan, who slip at the same time in a move better suited to sychronised swimming.

30 mins: Frustration for the home fans as Raja attacks are continually thwated by a combination of Asec's defence, the offside trap and the muddy conditions. With half an hour now gone, Raja have nothing to show for their efforts at reducing the two-goal aggregate deficit.

26 mins: Aboucherouane is again caught offside as Raja keep up the early pressure in the game. The pitch continues to get muddier and muddier turning the game into a real battle of attrition.

17 mins: Taofeek Oyasipe is booked after bring down Raja striker Diallo in the first caution of the game. The resultant freekick, some 30 metres out, is blasted just wide by Masloub.

15 mins: A golden chance for Raja as Aboucherouane again sets up a chance with a rasping ball in from the right wing, but Endene Elokan and Mohamed Ali Diallo fail to get a touch on the ball with Asec's defence well beaten.

12 mins: Raja's Nabil Masloub has the ball in the back of Asec's net, but both he and Aboucherouane were offside as Masloub knocked a rebound into the back.

11 mins: There are muted appeals for a penalty as Endene Elokan slips in the Asec penalty area, but referee Chong has a hard look before waving play on.

8 mins: Aboucherouane attacks again for Raja at the end of a long through ball, battling past Taoufeek, but slips as he gets in his shot which trickles harmlessly torwards Asec goalkeeper Guyan Joe Kante.

4 mins: Hicham Aboucherouane whips in a cross which eludes the Asec goalkeeper, and Raja's Cameroonian striker Francois Endene Elokan comes sliding in but narrowly misses the ball in a very real chance for the hosts to cut the two goal deficit.

3 mins:Asec's Bakary Kone sets up a shot for teammate Antonin Kouatan, but it is blocked by the Raja defence in the first attack of the game.

2100GMT: The match gets underway, handled by the veteran Mauritian referee Lim Kee Chong.

Raja Casablanca:

1-Mustapha Chadli, 3-Redouane El Haimeur, 4-Abdelouahed Abdessamad, 16-El Amin Erbate, 29-Zakaria Aboub, 23-Noureddine Kacemi, 24-Tajeddine Sami, 27-Nabil Masloub, 5-Mohamed Ali Diallo, 11-Hicham Aboucherouane, 9-Francois Endene Elokan.

Asec Abidjan:

16-Guyan Joe Kante, 2- Mondakan Armand Mahan, 6-Bernard Youan Bi Gaman, 19-Diaky Ibrahim Amuah, 27-Moussa Doumbia, 28-Ahiba Herman Beugre, 10-Taofeek Oyasipe, 7-Abdoulaye Djire, 15-Siaka Tiene, 22-Bakary Kone, 9-Antonin Nantcho Koutouan.

Referee: Lim Kee Chong (Mauritius)

See also:

15 Nov 02 | CAF club competitions
15 Nov 02 | CAF club competitions
17 Nov 02 | Africa
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