The fans who came en masse to the Stade de la Paix in Bouaké will be left hungry. ASEC Mimosas were dominant in the first leg of their CAF Cup semi-final against USM Algiers, but never managed to find a way through.

In a match during which they had the best chances, Julien Chevalier’s men were not able to score. And if a goal of Karamoko Sankara was refused after resorting to the VAR for an offside position (30th), the Yellow and Black failed in the last movement.

The last two goal situations in the final moments of the game, punctuated by a save from Benbot, the USMA keeper (89th) and a miss by Arthur Bada in front of the empty goal (90th), are a symbol of this lack of realism.

With this result, it is USM Algiers who is doing well prior to the return leg. The Algerians will host the Ivorians in the second leg, which promises to be a tight affair following the virgin draw.

Source: Sports News Africa

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