Algerian League

Underdogs USM Bel Abbes win Algerian Cup

USM Bel Abbes won the 2017/18 Algerian Cup after defeating favourites JS Kabylie at the Stade du 5 Juillet in a tense 2-1 victory.

The game was electric with a fantastic atmosphere, and Bel Abbes took the lead after just two minutes with a brilliant finish by Belahouel.

A quiet first half could not have been more different than an action packed second period. Belahouel got his second goal of the afternoon in the 49th minute, finishing superbly with a neat side-foot.

JS Kabylie then pulled a goal back as Benaldjia’s free-kick curved itself all the way into the back of the net after 55 minutes.

And just one minute later, Lamari went down the other end and hit the post for USMBA in what became an end to end encounter.

Malik Asselah, the JSK goalkeeper, was then sent off by referee Mehdi Charef for elbowing Belahouel in the box. A brilliant decision by the referee that is going to Russia this summer.

Despite being on a hat-trick and winning the spot kick, it was Bounoua who took the penalty that was saved by substitute goalkeeper Boultif with his first touch.

USM Bel Abbes then saw the game out comfortably against ten men and won their first Algerian Cup since 1991. They therefore qualify for next year’s CAF Confederation Cup.

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