TP Mazembe beat Entente Setif in four-goal thriller in Lubumbashi to book their place in the 2013 CAF Confederation Cup semifinals.
Mazambe beat the visitors 4-2 to break their three-match winless jinx against Algerians after their previous meetings had all ended in draws.
Tanzanian striker Thomas Ulimwengu scored a brace with two first half goals for Mazembe.
Ulimwengu put Mazembe ahead in the fourth minute with a headed goal, but that lead was short-lived when defender Mohamed Ziti levelled a minute later. Mazembe restored their lead in the 16th minute through Tesor Mputu, who slid through Setif’s backline to slot the ball past Sofiane Khedairia. Ulimwengu stretched Mazembe’s lead in the 27th minute after finishing off a cross from his compatriot Mbwana Samatta, who eluded Abdelghani Demmou to give the home side a 3-1 halftime advantage. Mazembe extended their lead four minutes after the hour mark through Samatta, who benefitted from another defensive blunder by Demmou to gift the hosts their fourth goal.
Mputu had another great chance to complete his brace three minutes later but Khedaria was alert to foil the danger. Setif’s consolation goal came in the 71st minute through striker Kaled Gourmi, who blasted an unstoppable volley beyond Robert Kidiaba. Gourmi almost added a Setif’s third in the 83rd minute, but Kidiaba scooped the ball to deny the striker his second goal of the day. Mazembe were then awarded a penalty deep into injury time of the 90 minutes, but midfielder Ngasanya Ilongo blasted the spot kick wide.
The DR Congo side book there place in the last four with a game to spare after accruing an 10 points from five games. FUS Rabat, who host Mazembe in both sides’ final Group B match, could join them should they beat hosts CA Bizertin away in Tunisia on Sunday.
Bizertin and FUS are tied on five points heading into their penultimate Group B match