ASEC grab a last minute victory
The Mimos are stringing together wins
This crucial encounter for second place in Group B started off on a rather tense note, with both teams being well aware of the stakes at play that afternoon.
The Mimos were the first to take a stand with a Yao Ablakor strike that hit Sadia Dely Roland’s crossbar at 10 minutes, before Hugues Zagbayou’ header off a Jean-Michaël Séri corner brushed against the same bar just a minute later.
The match balanced out quickly between two well-organised defences, and at 30 minutes it was JCAT’s turn to prove dangerous with a strong attack by Kohouo Bomanin; Sylvain Komenan however made an excellent save at the feet of Armand Boly.
After the break, the Yellow and Black tried to find the weak spot in their opponent’s defence, with Samba Diabaté almost opening the score at 50 minutes, but the striker was signalled offside.
Just after the hour mark, the ‘Abidjanais’ came so close to taking the advantage, but Kohouo Bomanin blundered his final stroke after putting in the hard grind and getting rid of Mark Sekyéré.
Sébastien Desabre’s men would not let up, and in the 85th minute, they won a penalty for a JCAT handball in the penalty area; this allowed Yao Ablakor to give a decisive and definitive advantage to the Mimos.
ASEC therefore win back second place in the group from their adversary of the day, and managed an excellent feat in the race for the Super Division before they come to blows with AFAD de Djékanou, the solid leader of this Group B, next weekend.