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Stars hold Casablanca in six-goal thriller



Aduana Stars fought back to hold Raja Casablanca to a 3-3 draw in a CAF Confederation Cup, Group A match at the Agyeman Badu Stadium in Ghana on Wednesday afternoon.

Following the draw for Stars they are sitting last in the group with a point from two matches thus far.

Casablanca looked threatening in the early stages and Mahmoud Benhalib opened the scoring for the Moroccans in the 11th minute.

In their response, the hosts made amends and scored courtesy of Ikama Ulitch in the 21st minute.

In the run-up to the end of the opening half, the visitors upped their search for a second goal and were able to break the hosts’ defence.

Lema Mabidi doubled Casablanca’s lead with a fine finish in the 39th minute to restore their lead heading to the tunnel

Just after their return for the second half, Stars fought harder in their probe to come back into the game and managed to find the back of the net courtesy of Caleb Amankwah in the 49th minute.

Benhalib completed his brace in the 61st minute after an assist from Zakaria Hadraf as Raja regained their lead for the second time.

As the Moroccans took their feet off the pedal, Nathaniel Asamoah netted an equaliser for Stars in the 90th minute to make it 3-3.

The result sees Casablanca placed at No 3 in Group A with two points from as many games.

Aduana Stars: (1) 3 (Ulitch 21’, Amankwah 49’, Asamoah 90’)

Raja Casablanca: (2) 3 (Benhalib 11’, 61’, Mabidi 39’)

Aduana Stars: Addo, Amankwah, Badu, Aidoo, Anane (Rashed 67’), Adams, Martey, Opoku, Adjei, Sasraku (Asamoah 73’), Ulitch

Raja Casablanca: Zniti, Jbira, Achchakir, Lakohal, Boutayeb, Mabidi, Banoun, Benhalib, Douik, Hadraf (Khaldane 86’), Lajour (Joulale 76’)



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