Belaili scores in controversial CAF CL final

Algerian winger Youcef Belaili scored the winning goal in a controversial CAF Champions League final, as Esperance beat Wydad Casablanca 1-0 on the night and 2-1 on aggregate to win the trophy for the second year in a row.

Belaili, who has just been named in the Algeria squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, scored a brilliant solo goal in the first half after 41 minutes with his right foot to send the home fans wild.

However, trouble began in the second half. The Moroccan side equalised, only for the goal to be disallowed for offside in the 58th minute. But the goal was onside and VAR was broken so it could not be referred to.

Wydad players then protested by leaving the field and fights broke out in the tunnel. The president of CAF, Ahmad Ahmad, then entered the field and consulted officials and many arguments broke out on live TV.

After more than one hour of delay, the Gambian ref blew the final whistle and Tunisian side Esperance were awarded the victory by default. These extraordinary scenes do not bode well for VAR which will be used at AFCON 2019.

Youcef Belaili has now won the trophy twice in a row, which is a brilliant achievement for the left winger.

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