CAF Champions League semi-final: Zamalek win first leg 1-0 away to Raja Casablanca

Ashraf Bencharki scored for Zamalek in the 18th minute to give the Egyptians a precious away win against Raja Casablanca ahead of next week's second leg.

Zamalek of Egypt secured an away victory in the first leg of their African Champions League semi-final, beating Raja Casablanca 1-0 in Morocco on Sunday night.

A first-half header from Moroccan Achraf Bencharki, a former player of Raja’s city rivals Wydad, was enough to give Zamalek the victory ahead of next weekend’s second leg in Egypt.

His goal in the 18th minute came off a cross from Ahmed Sayed that dipped beyond Raja goalkeeper Anas Zniti.

The overall winners will meet either Wydad Casablanca or Egyptian giants Al Ahly in next month’s final.

Ahly have a 2-0 advantage over Wydad following their first-leg victory in Casablanca on Saturday.

The semi-finals mark a return to continental club football competition in Africa for the first time since the Covid-19 lockdown.

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