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MATCH REPORT: Hearts of Oak maintains winning streak in the Champions League with scintillating win over Wydad Club Featured

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Hearts of Oak forward Isaac Mensah celebrates scoring in the CAF Champions League against Wydad Hearts of Oak forward Isaac Mensah celebrates scoring in the CAF Champions League against Wydad

A formidable Hearts of Oak side clinched a 1-0 win at home in the first leg of the First First Round of the CAF Champions League at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday.

Hearts of Oak got the goal after a beautiful cross from the left flanks by Ibrahim Salifu which Isaac Mensah volleyed it nicely into the box, with Wydad keeper having no chance to save it.

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Hearts of Oak started brightly as they held their own, although their passes was not really going through with Kofi Kordzi particularly dangerous as the lead nightmare for the Wydad defenders.

 

With fans agitating with certain bad decisions taken by the center referee, the magnitude of the match perhaps failed to live up to the high intensity which was expected from both sides as they eased into the game with the lack of cohesion and atmosphere.

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As the match wore on, Hearts found increasing joy in their attack-pressing as they continuously stripped the Moroccan giants off possession within their own half.

 

Phobia suffered a major blow in the early minutes of the first half when Ovouka was substituted after sustaining an injury through a reckless tackle from a WAC player. His absence left coach Boadu with a daunting task of bringing on Dankyi.

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Hearts of Oak needed little time to score as Isaac Mensah's ruthless volley in the box proved too good for the Emperors defence to hand the Rainbow lads the lead.

 

Mensah did well to latch onto a Salifu Ibrahim cross before dinking the ball home over a confused on-rushing Wydad goalie, Ahmed Tagnaouti. 

 

The second leg will be played next week at the Mohamed V Stadium in Casablanca, Morocco.

 

By: Pascal Nii Gogo Amoah 

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