African Champions League: Etoile and Mazembe win away from home

Caf Champions League trophy
The African Champions League trophy

Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia and TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo both won away from home on Saturday as the second round of African Champions League group games continued across the continent.

Etoile were 3-0 winners away to Platinum of Zimbabwe to go top of Group B with two wins from two.

A brace from Karim Aribi set the Tunisians up for the victory with goals in the 23rd minute and then straight after the break.

Etoile added a third through Hazem Haj Hassen just before the final whistle to seal the victory.

The result leaves Platinum bottom of the standings with no points.

Also on Saturday, TP Mazembe beat Zesco United 2-1 in Zambia to maintain their perfect start to their Group A campaign.

Jackson Muleka put Mazembe ahead after just 10 minutes and added a second after the break, scoring in the 63rd minute.

Winston Kalengo struck back for the hosts just four minutes later but it was not enough to prevent Mazembe from securing their second group win.

In the night's other Group A match, Moroccan Acraf Bencharki also scored either side of half-time as Zamalek, five-times African champions, overcame Primeiro de Agosto of Angola 2-0 in Cairo.

The result gave new Zamalek coach Patrice Carteron a perfect start after Milutin Sredojevic was fired following a their three-goal defeat at Mazembe last weekend.

Mazembe are top of Group A on six points, Zamalek have three and Zesco and Primeiro have one each.

In Group C, another Angolan club, Petro Atletico, got their first point of the group campaign with a 1-1 draw at home to Algeria's USM Alger.

After a tense first half, USMA went ahead through Zakaria Benchaa in the 54th minute.

The hosts fought back and got their equaliser 10 minutes later thanks to a strike from Brazilian Antonio Rosa Ribeiro.

In the same group, leaders Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa ended a run of four away losses to Wydad Casablanca of Morocco during the past three seasons by forcing a 0-0 draw.

Sundowns have four points, Wydad and USMA two each and Petro one.

The group winners and runners-up will qualify for the quarter-finals.

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