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Esperance win to book semi spot

Esperance booked their place in the semifinals of the CAF Champions League when they defeated 3-2 at the Stade Olympique de Rades on Saturday night.

The Tunisian side went into the match needing a point to book their place in the last four, but they scored late in the game to take maximum points.

Yannick Ndjeng scored a brace and Oussama Darragi also got his name on the score sheet for the home side, while Rúben Gouveia scored twice for the Angolan side.

Esperance took a 1-0 lead into the break after Ndjeng had opened the scoring in the 4th minute, but Recreativo were back on level terms a minute into the second half as Ruben scored the equaliser.

Darragi restored the lead in the 53rd minute but it didn’t last long as Ruben netted his second two minutes later to get his side back into the game.

However, Ndjeng scored late in the game to hand his side their fourth win in the group stage.

Esperance remain at the top of Group B with 12 points from five matches, followed by Coton Sport with seven, while Recreativo and Sewe Sport complete the group with four and three points, respectively.

Coton Sport and Sewe Sport will meet in Abidjan on Sunday, 15 September, with the rest of the three teams still in with a chance to join Esperance in the semifinals.


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