Moroccan outfit – Wydad Athletic Club took advantage of a rocking Mohamed V Stadium in Casablanca to thrash Petro, who had already also qualified, to finish top of Group D with a five-goal performance.
Coming just days after Morocco had beaten DR Congo 4-1 at the same venue to seal World Cup qualification, Wydad picked the same cue for yet another emphatic piece of victory.
Juvhel Tsoumou gave the Moroccans the lead in the 11th minute of the match when he rose highest inside the box to nod home a corner from Red Jaadi.
A minute to the half hour mark, the Moroccan side were comfortably cruising at 2-0 when Achraf Dari finished off unconventionally off his shoulder, rising to meet a cross from Aymane El Hassouni.
Three minutes later, Wydad who were in total control of proceedings strolled into a comfortable 3-0 lead when Zouheir El Moutaraji added on to the goal scoring chart with a clever finish, beating the keeper with a little feign before slamming the ball home.
The home side went to the break with a comfortable 3-0 lead, with erstwhile undefeated Petro stunned.
In the second half, Wydad didn’t show signs of letting off and in the 56th minute, El Hassouni got himself on the scoresheet as well when his deflected shot inside the box trickled inside the net.
Petro pulled one back in the 63rd minute when central defender Pedro Pinto headed home from close range after Yano recycled the ball into the box from a setpiece.
But the home side all but sealed the victory in style in the 71st minute through Muaid Ellafi’s filthy dink after the forward had raced on to a brilliant through ball from El Moutaraji.
The win sees Wydad finish off the group with 15 points, four ahead of Petro.