24.6 C
New York
Sunday, October 1, 2023

Coupe du Trône: Treble still in reach for Wydad AC following semifinal PK shootout win

Wydad AC’s incredible 2021-22 season continued on Wednesday with the Moroccan and African champions advancing to the final of Morocco’s domestic cup competition, the Coupe du Trône, following a penalty kick shootout victory over FUS Rabat. After playing to a scoreless draw through 120 minutes, Wydad goalkeeper Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti saved FUS Rabat’s opening penalty kick before WAC converted all five of their spot kicks to advance. WAC will face 2021-22 CAF Confederation Cup winners RS Berkane in the final.

It was a rather uneventful match for large stretches with both teams lacking final product to make a breakthrough. Wydad did not have Botola Pro top scorer Guy Mbenza to count upon following the expiration of his loan and subsequent transfer to Saudi football, leaving the Botola and CAF Champions League winners a bit light in the attack. If anything the underdogs from Rabat looked most likely to score in the first half but Tagnaouti was sharp in goal for WAC.

The league champions picked it up a bit in the second half but could not find a goal against the stubborn FUS defense. Aymane El Hassouni came close with his effort from twenty yards in the 73rd minute but the ball went just wide of the goal. Substitute winger Mounsef Chrachem had a couple of opportunities for WAC but failed to take advantage and the match needed penalties to determine a winner, where Tagnaouti saved Oussama Raoui’s opening spot kick before WAC confidently sent in all five penalties to survive and advance.

Highlights are below followed by all of the penalty kicks from the shootout.

Match Highlights

Full Penalty Kick Shootout