Esperance and Mazembe join Etoile in Champions League quarter-finals

The African Champions League trophy
The African Champions League trophy

Tunisia's Esperance and TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo joined Etoile du Sahel in the quarter-finals of the African Champions League.

Mazembe drew 1-1 with Mouloudia Alger in Algiers on Saturday to ensure they would finish in the top two in Group B.

Elia Meschack put Mazembe ahead with the hosts equalising through Walid Derrardja.

Esperance advanced with a 1-0 win over KCCA of Uganda in Kampala thanks to Haythem Jouini's first half goal goal.

The Tunisians' qualification from Group A was confirmed after Egypt's Al Ahly beat Township Rollers in Botswana 1-0 courtesy of a Salif Coulibaly strike.

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) confirmed that both teams would join another Tunisian side, Etoile du Sahel, in the quarter-finals after they also progressed with two group games to spare.

Etoile were 2-0 winners over Mbabane Swallows of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) on Friday thanks to goals from Maher Hannachi and Slim Ben Belgacem. The Tunisians also missed a first half penalty through Alaya Brigui.

Only the group winners and runners-up qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals.

Primeiro Agosto of Angola will fancy their chances of finishing second in Group D, behind Etoile, after they snatched a last-gasp 2-1 victory over Zesco United of Zambia in Luanda on Friday.

Substitute Hermenegildo 'Geraldo' Bartolomeu levelled for the hosts in the 90th minute and Muselenge 'Bobo' Ungenda won the match with a goal eight minutes into stoppage time. John Ching'andu had put Zesco ahead on 67 minutes.

Victory lifts Primeiro from last in the group to second on five points, a point ahead of third placed Swallows.

In Group C, the holders, Wydad Casablanca, kept their bid for qualification alive with a 2-0 win over Horoya of Guinea in Morocco on Saturday.

Cheick Camara and Mohammed Ounajem scored for the defending champions which puts them three points clear of both Horoya and South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns.

On Friday in Group C, Sundowns hauled themselves back into contention for a place in the quarter-finals with a 2-1 home win over Port of Togo.

Leandro Sirino and Sibusiso Vilakazi scored early on to give Sundowns a comfortable lead with Kokou Kloukpo striking late on for the Togolese side.

In another match played on Friday, Morocco's Difaa el Jadida held former champions Entente Setif of Algeria to a 1-1 draw at home in Group B.

Difaa remain bottom of the standings, two points behind third placed Setif.

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