Wydad Casablanca improved their position in their title defense as a Guy Magema’s own goal this Friday helped the defending champions to a 1-0 win against gritty AS Vita Club.
The hosts were made to sweat for the three points at a packed to capacity Mohamed VI Stadium.
Wydad fans like their team had to adjust to this new schedule as the match day one fixture wasn’t played as planned in February because their team was involved in the FIFA Club World Cup.
Bouly Junior Sambou had the biggest opportunity of the half as he hit the woodwork with a fine ball from a corner 28 minutes in.
That missed signaled danger and forced Vita who were already defending deep to be more organized.
That made the opening 45 minutes of the contest to have little to discuss about as both sides played with maximum cautiousness while daring to catch each other on the counter.
Little change even after the interval but movements from the Wydad bench brought the breakthrough.
Mohamed Ounajem came on nine minutes into the second segment, in place of Hicham Boussefiane.
The decision from the new technical crew created an instant impact as he took just seconds to break the deadlock.
The Moroccan forward’s run down the flank was marked by a shot that took a wicked deflection from Guy Magema to beat unlucky Farid Ouedraogo on goal for Vita Club.
Wydad came close again with skipper Yahya Jebrane but Farid was on top of his game in the final moments.
Ayoub El Amloud was denied the chance to make it 2-0 in the final moments as his effort was swallowed by Farid.
The game finished 1-0 for WAC who move to top spot in Group A.
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