CR Belouizdad, reigning Algerian champions, took a big step towards a third title in a row, bringing back a precious victory from their perilous trip to their runner-up, JS Saoura, which they dominated (1-0 ) Tuesday evening on behalf of the 25th day of Ligue 1, having seen ES Sétif win the other duel at the top of this day, beating Mouloudia of Algiers (2-1).
The Béchar club thought they had more or less limited the damage by conceding a goalless draw at home. But at 89′, the freshly incorporated Bouras appeared like a devil, to score an assassin goal, which practically offers a third consecutive title to Chabab. Indeed, thanks to these three new points, which count practically double, the Red and Whites take their capital to 52 points, ie nine lengths ahead of their opponent of the day.
As a misfortune never comes alone, the JSS did not miss the opportunity to gain a little ground on the leader, but it was also joined in the general classification by Paradou AC, which quite easily imposed in front of the poorly ranked RC Relizane (3-0). Achievements signed Benbouali (35′, 70′) and Bouzok (74′), the most prolific Pacist duo this season, with a cumulative total of twenty-six goals in the league.
For its part, the Setif Black Eagle only needed a minute to find the net, thanks to Djahnit (1-0), before receiving an unexpected gift from Ghazala, author of an own goal in the 57′. A twist of fate which sounded the charge of the “Doyen”, having started by obtaining a penalty at 88 ‘, except that the young Sétif goalkeeper, Ferrahi, managed to deflect it brilliantly.
A successful intervention which, however, was not enough to temper the ardor of the Greens and Reds, because they literally set fire to the end of the match, before seeing their efforts rewarded by a deserved reduction in the score, signed Abdelhafid (90 ‘+3). A good end to the match which, however, was not enough to avoid the worst for the Dean, because after his defeat at the 8-Mai 1945 stadium, he was forced to give up his third place at Paradou, to now find himself at the foot of the podium. (4th/42 pts).
A little earlier in the afternoon, it was Olympique de Médéa who managed a good deal, by scoring three precious points in the race to maintain, after their victory at home against CS Constantine (2-1 ). OM made the difference thanks to Gagaâ (49′) and Baâli (66′), before experiencing a big scare at the end of the match, because the CSC managed to reduce the score by Mebarakou (88′) while there was still time to play, especially including added time.
But armed with a great will to survive among the elite, the locals held on well, and managed to preserve their advantage until the final whistle. Despite this important victory, the Médéa club remains first relegated, with 25 points, while the Sanafirs remain firmly in their sixth place, with 40 points.
Another important victory in the race to maintain, that of NA Hussein-Dey, who dominated the red lantern WA Tlemcen (3-1), thanks in particular to Meddahi, on penalty at 22 ‘, Boussalem (40 ‘) and Yaya (77′), while Ouassini had saved the honor for the Zianides at 51’. A success that allows Nasria to come back just four lengths from OM and at the same time believe in the possibility of saving themselves from purgatory by the end of the curtain. For its part, WA Tlemcen, last with only ten units on the clock, seems to have already lost all hope of maintaining itself.
Unlike CRB, PAC, NAHD and OM, RC Arbaâ did not take advantage of this 25th day, since NC Magra came to impose a draw on their own ground (1-1). A very bad deal for the Blue and Whites, who remain glued to their twelfth place, with 28 points. Or five lengths from their opponent of the day (11th / 33 pts).
The adventures of this 25th day will end on Wednesday, with the course of the last three matches on its program, with the headlining duel USM Alger – ASO Chlef, between the seventh who receives his direct pursuer in the general classification. To follow also the shock US Biskra – MC Oran, and which promises to be decisive for the club of El Hamri in the perspective of the maintenance, because it currently occupies the 14th place, with only two lengths ahead of the Olympique de Médéa, the first relegation club. Finally, JS Kabylie (4th/40 pts) will travel to HB Chelghoum-Laïd (13th/27 pts).