Head coach of Algerian side, JS Saoura, Beliad Larbi has admitted that his side were lucky to get away with just a 2-0 defeat against Ghanaian champions Hearts of Oak in the CAF Confederations Cup final play-off first leg tie in Accra.
The Phobians put up a dominant display to dispatch their Algerian counterpart at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Midfielder Ibrahim Salifu set the tone for Hearts of Oak in the 17th minute with diving header before second half substitute Agyenim Boateng completed the scoring with close range finish in the 71st minute.
The phobians should have scored more goals but they were wasteful with the numerous chances that came their way and will hope they will not rue those missed chances when they travel to Algeria next week.
Speaking in his post-match interview, JS Soura head coach Beliad Larbi heaped praises on the Ghana champions and admitted his side should have conceded more goals.
“A very good display from Hearts of Oak, they could have scored us more goals but it looks like their 2-0 defeat against Ashanti Gold affected them today. However we will prepare for the second leg,” Coach Beliad Larbi stated.
The second leg of the tie will be played in Algiers on December 5, 2021.