8 June 2014

Mali/Congo-Kinshasa: AC Leopards Show Their Stripes in Bamako

Malian side AS Real were left without a win at this stage after visiting Congolese side, AC Leopards beat them 2-1 in their Group A Day Three clash in Bamako.

The Congolese left it late with Kader Bidimbou scoring the winner two minutes from time to return to their base with the maximum points in their kitty. Earlier, AS Real forward Ali Badra Sylla had cancelled Cesaire Gandze's first half opener.

AC Leopards, winners in 2012 now have four points, two adrift of leaders Coton Sport, who beat Ivorian giants, ASEC Mimosas in the other Group A match earlier on Friday in Abidjan.

After a balanced opening, the visitors broke the deadlock on 36 minutes through Gandze with a spectacular shot from outside the penalty area that left AS Real goalie Almamy Sogoba with no option.

Trailing by a goal, the Malians resumed stronger in search of the equalizer and deservingly got it on 64 minutes through Sylla who connected in from a Moussa Doumbia cross from the left.

After several unsuccessful attempts by the host to go up, the visitors left it late and Bidimbou pounced on a pass from Mahamne Cisse to fire past Sogoba on 88 minutes to secure victory.

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