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.

Algerian Cup Final: JS Kabylie vs USM Bel Abbes

The stage is set for the 2017/18 Algerian Cup final as JS Kabylie take on USM Bel Abbes at the Stade du 5 Juillet on Tuesday the 1st of May, with kick-off at 4pm.

JS Kabylie have won the DZ Cup five times, whereas USM Bel Abbes have won it just once. The one time they won it was actually against JS Kabylie, in the 1991 final. Essaid Belkalem will captain the Amazigh outfit in what will be a sold out national stadium.

Both sides currently sit in mid-table in the Algerian league, and both look to be safe from relegation after a rocky season domestically. The winner of the Cup will win a place in the CAF Confederation Cup next year, which is the African version of the Europa League.

USMBA have won every Cup final they have been in, whilst JSK have been in ten finals and lost five of them. As ever, the Algerian army will play an exhibition match on the morning of the game.

JS Kabylie knocked out MC Alger on penalties to reach the final, whereas USM Bel Abbes defeated fifth division CR Zaouia with a late 94th winner. You can follow the game live on our Twitter page; @DZFootball_en.

Rocks pelted from stands during Algerian Cup semi-final

The Algerian Cup semi-final between JS Kabylie and MC Alger was marred by violence from the stands. 

Rocks thrown from the stands

Taking place in Constantine, the ground has a capacity of 60,000 supporters. 57,000 were from JS Kabylie, the designated home side, and 3,000 for MC Alger.

Trouble started at half-time when MC Alger fans clashed with police, and riots broke out as fans were dispersed towards the exits to run for safety.

And towards the end of the match, rocks were then pelted by supporters towards MC Alger goalkeeper Farid Chaal. The match was then stopped so the field could be cleared of the stones that were thrown.

With the match going to extra-time, supporters once again began to throw heavy rocks onto the field and the game was stopped once again so that they could be cleared as the playing surface was unsafe.

Clashes off the pitch

After a boring 0-0 draw, the encounter went to penalties and JS Kabylie won 5-4 in sudden death. A skied effort by Abdelaziz Ammachi meant that JSK went through after Benaldjia’s penalty hit the back of the net.

MC Alger have now lost twice in two weeks to JS Kabylie, with one loss in the league and one loss in the Cup. JSK will face either USM Bel Abbes or CR Zaouia in the final.

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