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Esperance defeat Al-Hilal, close in on Champions League final

Tunisia’s Esperance take a giant stride towards the CAF Champions league final after beating Sudan’s Al-Hilal 1-0 on Sunday

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Sunday 2 Oct 2011
Youssef Msakni
Youssef Msakni (C) scored the winner
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Esperance moved to the brink of reaching the CAF Champions League final after claiming a 1-0 victory over Sudanese giants Al-Hilal in Oum Durman on Sunday.

A fourth-minute goal by attacking midfielder Youssef Msakni gave the Tunisian league title holders a crucial away win ahead of the second leg in Tunisia on 15 October.

Esperance, who are eyeing their first Champions League triumph since 1994, are now favourites to reach the final for the second consecutive season, having lost to TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo last year.

Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca secured a 1-0 victory at Nigerian outfit Enyimba in the first-leg of the other semifinal on Saturday.

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