CAF Champions League CAFCL: ASEC Mimosas Share Point With Esperance In Tunis

The final weekend’s quarterfinal matches were contested in the Stade Olympique in Tunis, where the Ivorian giants Asec Mimosas came out with a point after frustrating Esperance Sportive de Tunis to a goalless draw.

The clubs will play a return match in Abidjan next weekend, with both coming into the match with perfect records, after the 0-0 draw sets up an exciting finale to the Quarterfinals.

Although Raed Bouchniba lost control in the dangerous area, Karidioula Mofosse nearly took advantage of the mistake but his shot missed the mark, giving the Ivorians the first opportunity to score despite being starved of possession.

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Just before the half-hour mark, Ghaylen Chaleli’s dangerous ball nearly caught the keeper off guard.

The keeper did just enough to fist it away from danger, giving the Tunisians a sniff at goal.

The hosts picked up where they left off in the second stanza, charging ahead in pursuit of the opener.

The hosts’ assault gained much-needed speed when coach Miguel Cardoso brought in new players.

.After Ayayi Folly was soundly beaten by a well-struck shot from outside the box, Oussema Bouguerra, who had entered the game as a second half substitute, was unlucky not to score the first goal but was fortunate to see the ball bounce off the woodwork.

Houssem Tka, the midfield star, did brilliantly to rise above his opponents for his header to go just off target in the 74th minute, just missing the opportunity to break the deadlock.

The Ivorians managed to absorb and deflect most of the attacks despite being under intense pressure throughout the game, and they left the north African country with a draw that gave them confidence going into the return leg the following weekend.

The dates of the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League quarterfinals return leg are April 5 and 6.

CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FIRST LEG RESULTS

Simba AC 0 – 1 Al Ahly SC

TP Mazembe 0 – 0 Atletico Petroleos

Young Africans 0 – 0 Mamelodi Sundowns

Esperance de Tunis 0 – 0 Asec Mimosas


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