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Wydad Casablanca see off Atletico Luanda to qualify for 'home' Champions League final

Wydad Casablanca will play the Champions League final on home soil in Morocco as they target a third African crown to add to their 1992 and 2017 triumphs

Moroccan club Wydad Casablanca will enjoy home advantage at the 2021/22 CAF Champions League final

Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca have qualified for the final of the 2021/22 CAF Champions League to be played on home soil after seeing off Angolan side Atletico Petro de Luanda.

Two-time African champions Wydad Casablanca played a 1-1 draw at the Stade Mohammed V on Friday night to back up their 3-1 first leg away win and secure a 4-2 aggregate victory over surprise packages Atletico Luanda

Wydad put themselves in a good position to qualify for the showpiece event which CAF earlier confirmed would be hosted in Morocco though a specific venue has not been chosen yet.

Wydad Casablanca were targeting a third African title and knew they just need to avoid losing by more than two goals to see off Atletico Luanda in the second leg of their semifinal fixture.

Coach Walid Regragui set up his team accordingly, playing a conservative 4-4-1-1 formation in a bid to stifle their Angolan visitors with only Guy Mbenza and Aymane El-Hassouni deployed in the Atletico half.

Much like the first leg, Wydad Casablanca were happy to concede possession to Atletico Luanda, seeing only 40% of the ball in the first half despite playing in front of their home crowd.

Atletico Luanda took the initiative and went ahead on the night courtesy of a 21st-minute goal from Gleison, assisted by Pedro Miguel.

The visitors needed to score three unreplied goals to qualify automatically but Amine Farhane made their task much harder when he levelled for Wydad Casablanca just seven minutes after Gleison's opener.

Against a tactically astute and defensively solid Wydad Casablanca side, Atletico Luanda stood no chance of scoring another three goals to go through.

Wydad Casablanca are now just 90 minutes away from clinching their third African crown, having missed the opportunity during the 2018/19 season when they lost the final to Esperance of Tunisia in a controversial fashion.

Wydad Casablanca and Esperance had played a 1-1 draw at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, Morocco for the first leg of the then two-legged final.

The second leg at the Stade Olympique de Rades in Tunis was then abandoned and Esperance were declared champions much to the ire of Wydad Casablanca.

Since then, Wydad Casablanca reached the semi-final of the 2019/20 CAF Champions League but were eliminated by defending champions Al Ahly.

The Moroccan side are set to battle Al Ahly again for the crown with the Egyptian side holding a 4-0 advantage over ES Setif in the second semi-final tie.

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