Ghana champions, Accra Hearts of Oak suffered an embarrassing 6-1 defeat against Wydad Athletic Club in the second leg of the CAF Champions League preliminary round tie at the Mohammed V Sports Stadium in Casablanca on Sunday.
The Moroccan giants have now progressed with an aggregate scoreline of 6-2 after the two legs.
The Phobians head coach Samuel Boadu made two changes in his starting line up that defeated Wydad Athletic Club in the first leg of the Caf Champions League in Ghana last weekend.
He recalled midfielder Caleb Amankwah who missed the first leg due to injury to replace Frederick Ansah Botchway while Congolese defender Raddy Ovouka could not recover from the knock he picked up in the first leg and William Denkyi took over.
Following a poor start to the game, Hearts conceded to the first goal by the fifth minute through Simon Msuva. El Hassouni added the second goal for Wydad AC four minutes later after a defensive mixup by the Hearts defenders.
Achraf Dari made it three 3-0 by the half hour mark before and Yahya Jabrane added another three minutes to half time from the penalty spot.
Referee Eric Arnaud Otogo Castane from Gabon pointed to the spot for a penalty after he insisted that Hearts goalkeeper Richard Attah had brought down a Wydad AC player.
After the break, Wydad pushed men forward to continue from where they left. The attacking style of game resulted into two quick goals as they
However, substitute Patrick Razak scored a consolation goal for Hearts by the 84th minute. Although, the Phobians were in search of more goals, they couldn’t find any opening in the hosts’ defence.
Wydad AC after the emphatic victory over Hearts have joined Zamalek, Al Ahly, CRB, Entete Setif, Jwaneng Galaxy, Mamelodi Sundowns and Amazulu as the clubs who have qualified to the group stage of the competition.
The others include Al Hilal, Al Merreikh, Raja Casablanca, Sagrada Esperanca, Petro de Luanda, Esperance Tunis, Etoile du Sahel and Horoya AC from Guinea.
Meanwhile, Hearts have dropped to the CAF Confederation Cup and will have to play another tie before they can qualify to the group stage.