Champions League: Esperance beat Tunisian rivals CS Sfaxien

The African Champions League trophy

African Champions League strugglers Esperance got their first win of the group stages with a 2-1 win over Tunisian rivals CS Sfaxien on Sunday.

Oussama Darragi scored in the 65th minute for the 2011 winners and Idriss Mhirssi grabbed the winner just a minute later.

Maher Hannachi had put Sfaxien ahead two minutes into the second half.

Despite the victory Esperance remain bottom of Group B after last months losses to Algeria's Entente Setif and Libya's Al Ahlo Benghazi last month.

In the other Group B game Entente Setif were held 1-1 at home by Al Ahli Benghazi.

Abdelrahman Fetori struck a penalty for Benghazi to level the match after Rachid Nadji had given the hosts the lead.

The point was enough to put Setif top of Group B with five points just one ahead of Al Ahli and Sfaxien with Esperance on three.

Benghazi had caused the biggest shock of the three-round qualifying competition by eliminating defending champions Al Ahly.

In Group A TP Mazembe of the DR Congo defeated Egyptian side Zamalek 1-0 in Lubumbashi on Sunday.

Zambia's Rainford Kalaba scored the only goal to give Mazembe the victory to give them six points from three matches.

Fellow DR Congo side AS Vita Club are second in the standings, two points adrift after they drew 1-1 away at Sudanese side Al Hilal on Friday.

Vita salvaged a point thanks to a late strike from Lema Mabidi after Sergio Junior had put the hosts ahead.

The match had to be stopped after 67 minutes for a short time after a sandstorm hit the stadium.

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