In their first official game since the Jasmine revolution, Tunisian champions Esperance delivered a demonstration of power against Benin champion ASPAC 5-0 in Rades in the CAF Champions League round 16 first leg.
The Tunisians largely dominated the game and had the match in their pockets once Youssef Msakni (8th and 15th minutes) and Malian striker Draman Traore (12th minute) had bagged goals in quickfire succession inside the opening 15 minutes.
Cingo Maxime (25) and Oussama Darragi (32) completed the rout to give them 5-0 first half lead.
But that was all the action and the hosts didn't exert any more pressure in the second half, sitting on their huge home advantage that kills off any hopes of a comeback during the return leg in two weeks.
Esperance suffered their own such humiliation when they were crushed by Congolese side TP Mazembe 5-0 in last year's CAF Champions League final first leg.
The ‘Sang et Or’ are determined to erase that awful memory and clinch their first Champions League title since 1994.