CAF Champions League

CAF CL: Etoile Du Sahel Spank Asante Kotoko 3-0 To Qualify For Group Stage

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Tunisian giants Etoile du Sahel achieved a memorable comeback to reach the Total CAF Champions League group stage, defeating Ghanaian counterparts Asante Kotoko 3-0 on the night in Monastir, to overturn their away 2-0 defeat and qualify on a 3-2 aggregate victory.

The 2007 champions entered the return leg in Monastir, outside their regular Sousse base due to renovation process at the Sousse Olympic Stadium, but this didn’t stop Les Diables Rouges from performing a great comeback to reach the group stage in grand style, despite ending the game with 10 men.

Defender Mortadha Ben Ouanes gave Etoile the lead from the spot after 25 minutes, halving the aggregate deficit and ending the first half with a 1-0 lead for the hosts.

After the break, Etoile continued piling pressure, and seven minutes after the hour mark, Karim Laaribi doubled their lead, to force an aggregate draw.

But the hosts were dealt a blow a few minutes later when Saddaة Ben Aziza was shown a direct red card. Kotoko tried to make use of numerical advantage and score what could have been a vital away goal.

And with penalties looming on, Laaribi managed to score with a perfect header five minutes from time to give his side a famous victory, and a place in the group stage.

Kotoko will now have to shift attention to the second-tier CAF Confederation Cup playoff round.

CAFonline.com

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