Glody Lilepo scored twice on Friday as Al Hilal SC from behind to inflict a 1-2 defeat on Cotonsport at the Roumde Adjia stadium on match day three of the 2022/23 TotalEnergies CAF Champions League.
Wassou Goue Patient’s second goal of the competition just before the interval ended up being a consultation for the hosts who completely lost the early second half battle and lost their second game which keeps them at the tail of the group.
Hilal’s second victory in three Group B games born of three goals from Lilepo has put Florent Ibenge’s team on course in their quest to qualify for this year’s quarter-final.
Ghanaian forward David Sandan A. nearly picked the pockets of the hosts eight minutes into the contest, but he was denied by the crossbar.
Wassou Goue combined with Kaiba Djawal who unleashed a fine goal-bound effort in the 27th minute, but his shot on target was desperately blocked.
Glody kept Coton’s defensive pair Che Malone and Goni Ali busy in most parts of the first segment as they tried to stop his incisive movements.
Teenage sensation Patient Wassou sent over 6000 home fans into total frenzy when he scored the opener two minutes before the interval.
Wassou’s second goal in two Champions League games this season put Coton a goal to the good at half-time.
Ibenge’s team talk at the interval spurred his players to return for the second 45 minutes as the better side.
Congolese forward Glody evened things seven minutes into the second segment, beating CAF Champions League debutant Ahmada Saliou in goal for Cotonsport.
Coton’s push to restore parity exposed them and the visitors capitalized. The Congolese forward silenced the home fans when he made it 2-1 five minutes after his first.
Hilal dominated and found the back of the net again through Mohamed Abderahmane but his 63rd minute goal was chalked off.
The multiple incursions from both sides in the final moments of the game didn’t yield fruits.
Hilal held on to claim important three points which takes their tally to six points ahead of their next outing next weekend in Omdurman.
Cotonsport’s return to the group stage of the competition for the first time since 2017 hasn’t produced results which match the expectations.
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