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RS Berkane shock TP Mazembe with 11-minute comeback to reach Confederations Cup final

TP Mazembe capitulated in the final 11 minutes as they conceded 3 goals to hand RS Berkane the CAF Confederations Cup final ticket

TP Mazembe fans were left shell-shocked as their team conceded 3 goals in the final 11 minutes to lose 4-2 on aggregate to RS Berkane (IMAGO/AFLOSPORTS)

Moroccan side RS Berkane put on a late show at the Stade Municipal de Berkane to book their place in the CAF Confederations Cup final over Congolese side TP Mazembe.

Berkane came into the tie with a 1-0 deficit from the first leg last weekend but a flurry of three (3) goals in the final 11 minutes of the match turned the tie in their favour as they ran out 4-1 winners on the night.

The Moroccan side will now play in the Confederations Cup final scheduled to be held at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, Nigeria on Friday, May 20.

TP Mazembe came into the return leg needing to avoid defeat to progress to the showpiece match of the tournament against a determined Berkane side.

The home side went ahead as early as the 10th minute, Bakr El Helali converting Berkane's early pressure into a goal.

TP Mazembe struck back immediately with Phillipes Kinzumbi equalising for the visitors just one minute after they fell behind to put the match in a balance and Mazembe 2-1 up on aggregate.

Mazembe repelled attack after attack from their Moroccan hosts till Tandi Mwape got a second yellow card in the 64th minute to condemn his team to playing the final 25 minutes or thereabouts with one man short.

The visitors were 11 minutes away from escaping with an impressive draw when Najji Larbi pulled one back for Berkane in the 79th minute.

Mazembe needed to have just avoided conceding again and progress on the away goals rule but the Congolese conceded a penalty to Issoufou Dayo which Youssef Alfahli converted in the 88th minute.

Alfahli grabbed his brace and completed the rout with another goal in the sixth minute of added time to send Berkane through 4-2 on aggregate.

RS Berkane will now face South African side Orlando Pirates in the final of the Confederations Cup after the Soweto-based side saw off Libya's Al Ahli Tripoli in the second semifinal tie.

Berkane are chasing their second CAF Confederations Cup title in three years after being crowned champions in 2020.

Before that, the Moroccan side were runners up to Zamalek at the 2019 edition, losing agonisingly on penalties (5-3) in front of their home fans at the Stade Municipal de Berkane.

RS Berkane's appearance at the final means both CAF continental club competitions will have a Moroccan team in the final after Wydad Casablanca also progressed to the CAF Champions League final to face Egypt's Al Ahly.

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