RS Berkane edge Zamalek in Confederation Cup final first leg

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Soccer Football - CAF Confederation Cup Semi Final Second Leg - Etoile Sportive du Sahel v Zamalek - Stade Olympique de Sousse, Sousse, Tunisia - May 5, 2019 Zamalek's Tarek Hamed celebrates after the match REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi
FILE PHOTO – CAF Confederation Cup Semi Final Second Leg – Etoile Sportive du Sahel v Zamalek – Stade Olympique de Sousse, Sousse, Tunisia – May 5, 2019 Zamalek’s Tarek Hamed celebrates after the match REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi

Morocco’s RS Berkane will take a slim advantage into the CAF Confederation Cup final second leg after edging out Zamalek of Egypt 1-0 in the first leg at the Stade Municipal de Berkane in Morocco on Sunday.

Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba scored the only goal of the match in the fourth minute of injury time taking advantage of a loose ball in the penalty box to slot home.

Laba’s goal was his eighth of the current campaign.

The home side dominated the match recording 60% of possession and firing 9 shots on goal compared to Zamalek’s 40% of possession and one shot on target.

Berkane could have finished the game with a bigger winning margin but they hit the post twice, missed golden opportunities in front of goal and Zamalek’s keeper Omar Salah pulled off some fine saves.

The second leg takes place on Sunday at the Borg El Arab Stadium near Alexandria, Egypt.

Zamalek will be hoping to end a 16-year wait for a continental championship while Berkane will hope to become the fifth Moroccan winners of the Confederation Cup.

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