Just when it appeared that the three points and city bragging rights were headed Wydad's way, up popped Moroccan international Badr Benoun to out-jump the WAC keeper and head into an open net to give Raja a deserved draw based on their second half endeavour.
The 124th Casablanca derby ended up with honours even as ten-man Raja who were outplayed and outclassed in a first half that would have disappointed Spanish boss Garrido fought back to secure a point that in truth does little for either side as they try to make up ground on table topping Tangier (IRT).
The scoring was opened in the 38th minute by Wydad's Atouchi who reacted first to a deflected free kick as the bar rebounded off the bar for a goal that warranted the effort and drive displayed by current league champions.
Raja emerged in the second half as a new side and dominated their city rivals despite losing Hadraf to a second yellow card. Just when it seemed that their efforts would come to nothing the 24-year-old Benoun rose majestically to tie the game. A result that will have been well received in Tangier and Agadir.
Raja Casablanca 1-1 Wydad Casablanca: as it happened
Raja Casablanca 1-1 Wydad Casablanca
That's it FT in Casablanca
a minute to go ... a draw beckons...
90' A draw does litte for either sides title aspirations...
Into stoppage time and its RAJA 1-1 WAC
89' 4 minutes of time to be added
Great leap from the defender nodding home as the WAC keeper rushed for the ball. Second 88th minute derby from the youngster.
Benoun with the goal for Raja
88th minute header
RaAJA SCORE !!!!
86' Raja hit the post !!!!
85' Time slipping away for Raja as the WAC supporters begin to celebrate what appears to be a derby win and 3 points to maintain the outside league challenge
83' WAC just happy to retain possession and keep the ten men chasing the game...
80' 10' to go in Casablanca ... can Raja find the leveller ?
The card was certainly justified for wrestling WAC's Caramara
78' It was Hadraf's second yellow actually and a tough task for Raja just got tougher
Raja's No. 7 awarded a red
75' 15 mins left as WAC now reply with pressure deep in the Raja half winning corners and dangerous frees
74' Its foul after foul now as the game gets a little ugly
70' 20 minutes left in the derby and the WAC players starting to try and run the clock down sensing that a win is looming.
Great npoise being made in both "fondos" where the hardcore fans are located
68' A rocket of a freekick from the WAC no. 19 just goes wide as the men in whote look to double their lead and seal the points.
64' Raja go close as the WAC keeper has to hold on to a well aimed free kick. The men in green are edging towards an equaliser
63' Hadraf (Raja) carded
60' Just over the hour mark in Casablanca as WAC lead RCA 0-1.
59' WAC can't get at the ball and when they do the ball reverts to a green shirt. A little early to sit on the 0-1 lead ?
56' What a turnaround from Raja ...playing like men possesed ... neat passes and using the ball with purpose.
51' Wydad win a free kick on the edge of the area but a poor delivery and poor follow up sees the move come to nothing.
49' Raja go close as some clever build up play is rewarded with a shot that goes inches wide of the WAC goal. What did Garrido say at the interval ? A different attitude from the side in green.
47' A brighter start from Raja as they launch an attack on the left hand side of the pitch as they attack the goal where their supporters are located.
We're underway again in a sundrenched Mohamed V stadium. Can Raja find a way back ?
0 shots from Raja in the first half which will be of a concern for head coach Garrido
First half possession stat: Raja 48% vs 52% WAC
This is how the live Botola Pro league table looks. A win for WAC would propel the Casablanca side to third place, 8 points behind leaders IRT who play tomorrow.
HT in Casablanca. Raja 0-1 Wydad. Attouchi with the only goal of the game.
45' We'll have 1 minute of added time
43' Game drifting towards the break and Raja fans will be far from happy with their sides first 45'. WAC on top for the bulk of the half.
38' WAC go close again from another freekick
Attouchi with the goal for WAC pouncing after the Nahiri strike.
No. 5 for the men in white responds quickest as a free-kick rockets back from the bar and the man in white slams home the rebound despite calls for offside from the Raja defenders
WAC score !!!!!
36' Once again Bouamira in the Raja goal saves the "home" team palming away a dangerous header
36' The WAC keeper has yet to be really tested by the Raja front line with WAC still on top despite the goal-less scoreline
WAC almost make it 0-1 as cross shot (heading wide) is almost deflected into the Raja net by a defender.
30' Half an hour in and still goalless in Casablanca: RCA 0-0 WAC
28' WAC have the ball in the Raja net but the goal is ruled out for what would be hand ball.Hard luck for the men in white.
25' More pressure from WAC as they win a corner. The men in white playing the more composed football here at the Mohamed V stadium.
23' WAC on top now keeping the ball and pressing the Raja back-line. Raja forced to launch the odd counter attack with constant free kicks dictating the flow of the action.
20' Possession (so far): Raja 51-43 WAC
17' Great chance for WAC as a direct freekick is fisted over by the Raja keeper. A dubious free in the first place it has to be said. Raja keeper now getting attention after colliding with the post.
14' 3 fouls for both sides in the opening phase of the derby with Raja coming closest to opening the scoring.
12' Great chance for Raja as the WAC keeper heads the ball to a man in green who cuts in but fails to get a shot on target.... Dangerous from Raja.
11' Spanish boss Garrido remonstrates with his players, obviously not happy with what he's seeing from his Raja side.
9' A tense first few minutes here in Casablanca with neither side dominating the early action with fouls ruining the flow of the action.
Sloppy from the Raja keeper as he plays a stray pass out and is forced to clear the ball for a throw....
Apologies for the late start. 4 mins in with 0-0 so far at a packed Mohamed V stadium.
Arguably one, if not the biggest club games in African football, this will be the 124th Casablanca derby. Raja have won 37, WAC 28 and 58 games have ended in draws.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 124th Casablanca derby as Raja host city rivals Wydad at the Stade Mohamed V. The action from Morocco gets underway at 1700 CEST (1600 local time).
Raja Casablanca v Wydad Casablanca: preview
Despite neither of the big Casablanca sides being a direct title challenger this season with the season coming to a close despite games in hand, one cannot get away from the fact the Casablanca derby is one of the biggest game in African football and a game that has been cited by many as one of the best derbies in global football.
Both sides are tied on 36 points in the Botola Pro with Wydad (WAC) having played a game more than their city rivals.
The last derby went the way of the men in green with Garrido's side running out 1-2 winners on the day. However Tunisian WAC boss Faouzi Benzarti speaking ahead of the clash was claimed he and his team were confident of victory ahead of the showdown with Raja at Stade Mohamed V today.
"We lost the first derby, a match we do not deserve to lose. Today we have a strong team and we will play this game for the win,” Benzarti asserted.