(Africanfootball.com) Wydad Casablanca secured a 5-2 victory over ASEC Mimosas in the 2018/19 CAF Champions League Group A match at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Morocco on Friday.
The win saw the Moroccan outfit topple Guinean side Horoya atop the Group A standings after brushing aside the Ivorian giants.
The hosts pushed for an early goal and they managed to find the back of the net through Ismail El Haddad 16 minutes into the match.
The 28-year-old striker beat Mimosas goalkeeper Mamadou Sylla to make it 1-0 to Wydad with Walid El Karti grabbing an assist.
The Black and Yellows had to find the equalizing goal with Burkina Faso striker Abdoul Tapsoba leading their attack.
Parity was restored on the stroke of half-time and Tapsoba was involved as he grabbed an assist with Wonlo Coulibaly scoring to make it 1-1.
The score was 1-1 between Wydad and Mimosas at the interval.
A second-half which was dominated by Wydad Al-Ouma followed as they restored their lead three minutes after the restart.
Michael Babatunde was the man, who hit the back of the net to make it 2-1 to Wydad much to the light of the home crowd.
It was soon 3-1 to Wydad when second-half substitute Zouheir El-Moutaraji beat Sylla four minutes before hour-mark.
The momentum was with the hosts and they grabbed two late goals through El Karti and Aouk Badi to make it 5-1 to Wydad.
However, the visitors managed to grab a late consolation goal through Salif Bagate to make it 5-2 with five minutes left on the clock.
Nevertheless, Wydad ran out 5-2 winners over Mimosas following an enthralling encounter.
Wydad (1) 5 (El Haddad 16', Babatunde 48', El-Moutaraji 56', El Karti 70', Badi 80')
Mimosas (1) 2 (Coulibaly 44', Bagate 85')
Wydad: Tagnaouti, Dari, Comara, Noussir, Nahiri, El Karti, Saidi, Babatunde (Bade 75'), Nakach, El Haddad (El-Moutaraji 51'), Ounajem.
Mimosa: Sylla, Koanda, Coulibaly (Sako 81'), Malo, Outtara, Diomande, Ndao, Gonazo (Toure 86'), Sanogo, Tapsoba (Yao 57'), Bagate.
Wydad Casablanca will face off with ASEC Mimosas in the 2018/19 CAF Champions League Group A match on Friday.
Kick-off is at 21h00 CAT.
The encounter will take place at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in the Moroccan city of Rabat.
Wydad reached the group stage after edging out Senegalese outfit ASC Diaraf in the first round late last month.
The tie ended in a 3-3 draw on aggregate and the Moroccan Botola League club won on the away goals rule.
Liberian striker Willam Jebor, who netted against Diaraf, will look to score and help his side beat Mimosas.
Meanwhile, Mimosas booked their place in the last 16 after eliminating Malian club Stade Malien in December 2018.
The Côte d'Ivoire Ligue 1 champions beat Stade Malien 2-0 on aggregate - winning 1-0 both home and away.
Mimosas will look to Burkina Faso striker Ahmed Toure, who is a reliable goalscorer for the team.
Senegalese referee Maguette N'Diaye will officiate the match between Wydad and Mimosas.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have officially announced Al Ahly striker Walid Azarou has been suspended for a couple of games, therefore missing the return leg of the Champions League final against Esperance.
Al Ahly will fly to Rades, Tunisia for the second leg of the final backed by a 3-1 advantage at Borg Al-Arab in a game that was accompanied by big controversy with Video Assistant Referee (CAF) being applied for the first time in an African competition.
Azarou was the protagonist of the game having earned two penalties for the Red Devils in the encounter. The Morocco international was, however, spotted by a camera lens ripping his shirt after Al Ahly were given their second penalty of the tie.
Tunisian Football Association raged in a statement released following the Esperance debacle, demanding the banning of Azarou.
CAF Disciplinary Board announced on Monday they have imposed a two-match ban on Azarou due to his unsporting behaviour, including the second leg of the final and Al Ahly’s next match in the CAF interclubs competitions.
In addition to the suspension, the 23-year-old striker has been fined 20,000 USD. Furthermore, Al Ahly coach Patrice Carteron will be invited to appear before the Disciplinary Board for a hearing regarding allegations of unsporting behavior.