CAF CONFEDERATION CUP CAFCC: Dreams FC Defeat 10-Man Stade Malien in Bamako

Dreams FC demonstrated their strength in the TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinals by defeating ten-man Stade Malien 2-1 in Bamako, thanks in large part to the experience of veteran striker John Antwi.

In the first leg match in Mali, Antwi’s heroics took front stage as he scored twice to lead the Ghanaian team to victory away from home.

Their first-ever European campaign has reached a major turning point with the away win, which highlights their resolve to create an impression before the second leg next week.

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As a result of the outcome, Stade Malien will have a difficult task ahead of them in their attempt to close the gap and maintain their chances of moving on in the competition.

Dreams FC bravely came back after falling behind early on to a Yoro Diaby free kick, with Antwi spearheading the attack.

Dreams FC’s hopes were revived in the 66th minute when Antwi scored a precise finish past N’Golo Traoré to spark his team’s comeback.

Encouraged by the equaliser, the Ghanaians ramped up their attack, revealing Stade Malien’s shortcomings in defence.

The game’s pivotal moment came in the 74th minute when Antwi coolly finished a penalty kick that was given following Issa Yacoubou’s handball, completing his brace and giving Dreams FC a crucial lead.

Fadi Sidiki Coulibaly’s red card dealt a serious blow to Stade Malien’s prospects, reducing his team to ten men for the duration of the match.

Ahead of the rematch leg in Kumasi the following week, Stade Malien’s problems were made worse by the numerical disadvantage.

Dreams FC, riding high after winning the first game, turns their attention to the rematch with the goal of building on their lead and advancing to the semifinals.


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