Esperance, Sundowns grab opening wins in African Champions League

Ahram Online , Saturday 13 Feb 2021

Tunisia's Esperance top the Champions League group that also includes Cairo giants Zamalek after coming from behind to defeat Senegalese debutants FC Teungueth 2-1

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File photo of Tunisia's Esperance (AFP)

Tunisia's Esperance and South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns kicked off their African Champions League group stage with wins while five-time winners TP Mazembe were held to a draw on Saturday.

Esperance, Champions League winners in 2018 and 2019, survived a scare after securing a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Senegalese debutants FC Teungueth.

Gambian Gibril Sillah gave Teungueth a shock 32nd-minute lead after finishing off a counter attack but Yassine Khenissi brought the hosts level on the stroke of halftime after converting a penalty.

Abdul Khalid Basit netted the winner for Esperance in the 73rd minute after heading home a cross from Ali Ben Romdhane.

Esperance went top of Group D with three points, two ahead of Egypt's Zamalek and MC Alger, who played out a 0-0 draw in Cairo on Friday.

In Group B, 2016 champions Sundowns defeated Sudan's Al-Hilal 2-0 at home, thanks to a 10th-minute goal from Mosa Lebusa and a strike from Kermit Erasmus in stoppage time.

In the same group, DR Congo's Mazembe were held to a 0-0 draw by Algeria's CR Belouizdad at their Lubumbashi fortress, having wasted some easy chances.

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