Tunisia's Esperance survive scare to reach Champions League group stage

Ahram Online , Friday 27 Sep 2019

Defending champions Esperance, South Africa's Sundowns and Angola's Petro Atletico qualify for the African Champions League group stage

File photo of African champions Esperance (AFP)

Title holders Esperance survived what would have been a stunning upset by Chad's Elect-Sport to qualify for the African Champions League group stage on Friday.

The Tunisians, who drew 1-1 on the road in the first leg of the competition's second round, fell behind in the first half as Elect-Sport took a shock 38th-minute lead.

However, they roared back in the second half to spare their blushes.

Ibrahim Quattara brought them level two minutes past the hour mark and Abdelraouf Benguit struck a precious 83rd-minute winner.

Earlier in the day, South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns also advanced with an emphatic 11-1 win over Seychelles' Côte d'Or  to complete a 16-1 aggregate victory.

Angola's Petro Atletico also booked a spot in the group stage after a 1-1 draw away to Ugandan champions Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) lifted them through on the away-goal rule.

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