CR Belouizdad, three-time defending champion and candidate for its own succession for the fourth time in a row, started the 2022-2023 season in the best possible way, by crushing HB Chelghoum-Laïd (4-1) on Friday, on account of the first day of Ligue 1 football, after having seen the other three host clubs: CS Constantine, RC Arbaâ and ASO Chlef win respectively (3-1) against USM Khenchela, (3-1) against MC Oran and (1-0 ) against JS Kabylia. Paradou AC took a precious victory from their trip to NC Magra (1-2) on Saturday, on behalf of the first day of Ligue 1, having seen USM Alger narrowly win newly promoted MC El Bayadh ( 1-0).
The rojiblancos unblocked the situation from the start, as their center forward Aribi found the net in the sixth minute, converting a penalty (1-0), before returning to the charge, just before the end of the first half, to allow a double (42′).
Returning from the locker room, Chabab continued his dominance and was rewarded with a third goal, scored by Belkheir on 71′, before Zouad saved the visitors’ honor on 83′.
Although, despite the gloomy atmosphere, due to the absence of the public, the club of the current Algerian champion continued to play the attack to the limit, which allowed him to add a fourth and final goal through his playmaker, Bourdim, at 90′. .
CS Constantine and RC Arbaâ also got the ball rolling during the first day of the championship, both managing to put three goals past their opponents on the day.
Sanafir dominated newly promoted USM Khenchela thanks to goals from Dib (25′), Koupkou (61′) and Khaldi (70′), while RCA had a trio of Kessili (45’+2), Tayeb (62′ ) and Toumi (83′) to bring down El Hamri’s team, who had opened the scoring in the 18th minute by Bouguettaya.
The latter could even have offered himself a brace, perhaps changing the outcome of this match, from a penalty, early in the second half, but Chouih, the veteran RCA goalkeeper was in the parade.
In the end, JS Kabylie held on for most of the match, before collapsing in the 86th minute with a killer goal from Tunisia’s Djendoubi, which gave the hosts a short but precious victory (1-0).
The adventures of this first day will continue on Saturday, with the course of the last four matches on their program, including the JS Saoura – MC Alger clash, between two great Ligue 1 cars.
For their part, ES Sétif and Paradou AC will start this new season far from their bases, as they will be called to move respectively to US Biskra and NC Magra, while USM Alger will receive the newly promoted, MC El Bayadh, at the Estadio Give El Beida.
The Pacistes were the first to find the net in this match, thanks to Bouzida (12′), and Saïdi’s equalizing goal in the 78th minute was not enough to temper their enthusiasm, as they continued to play an unrestrained attack, until they were rewarded his effort for a second goal, signed by Aoued at 90’+3.
For their part, the usmistas trusted Merbah to make the difference against MC El Bayadh, who for his first match among the elite sold his skin dearly.
A unique goal, scored just before the end of the first half (41′), but which retains its weight in gold, as it allows the red and black team to rise to the top of the table, along with the other five clubs that won during this first day.
Indeed, the ball for this opening day had been opened on Friday, with the course of four games, all having turned in favor of the receiving clubs, starting with the outgoing champion, CR Belouizdad, who atomized HB Chelghoum-Laïd (4 -1 ).
It was the home scorer, Aribi, who showed the way to Chabab, offering himself a brace at (6′ sp and 42′), against the complement of Belkheir and Bourdim from Corsica, respectively at 71′ and 90′ .
CS Constantine and RC Arbaâ also made noise on this first day, both managing to score three goals against their respective rivals.
Indeed, Sanafir dominated newly promoted USM Khenchela thanks to performances by Dib (25′), Koupkou (61′) and Khaldi (70′), while RCA relied on the Kessili trio (45’+ 2), Tayeb (62′) and Toumi (83′) to bring down MC Oran, who had opened the scoring in the 18th minute by Bouguettaya.
The latter could even have offered himself a brace, perhaps changing the outcome of this match, as he had benefited from a penalty early in the second half, but Chouih, the veteran RCA goalkeeper, was celebrating.
In the end, JS Kabylie held their own for most of the match, before collapsing in the 86th minute, with a killer goal from Tunisia’s Djendoubi, which gave the hosts a short but precious victory (1-0).
The ball of this first day will end late on Saturday afternoon, with the advance of the last two games recorded in its program. These are the clashes US Biskra – ES Sétif and JS Saoura – MC Alger, considered as the head duels of this first day.
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