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Africa: Wydad and Espérance hold first leg advantage (+video)

Posted in African Football by peterbein on October 3, 2011

The African Champions League saw the first legs of the semi-final stage this weekend with narrow wins for Moroccans Wydad Casablanca and Tunisians Espérance.

Wydad Casablanca, African champions back in 1992, were fearful of wasting home advantage as their game against Nigerian champions Enyimba FC looked to be heading to a goalless stalemate. However their nerves were spared in the last minute of the game after Benin international Pascal Angan scored the goal which separates the two sides going into the return leg. Espérance won their opening leg away to Sudanese outfit Al-Hilal Omdurmam by a similar score line but, in contrast to Wydad, bagged their goal early on in the game thanks to Youssef Msakni in the 4th minute. The Tunisians, who claimed their only tournament win two years after Wydad in 1994, will have home advantage in the return fixture.


Both of those teams have already faced each other on two occasions in this year’s tournament. Two drawn matches helped them both qualify for the last four of the competition having finished in the top two places of Group B in the competition league stage. Should both of the opening leg victors negotiate their way through tough second leg encounters, which will be played in just less than a fortnight’s time, then they will face off again in a two-legged final in November.


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