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Esperance come from behind to earn share of the spoils against AS Vita

by Brian Lee

Sat July 01, 19:10

Despite taking an early lead Tunisia’s Esperance had to come from behind to earn a share of the spoils in their CAF Champions League, Group C match which ended 2-2 against Dr Congo’s AS Vita at the Complexe Omnisports stade des Martyrs on Saturday night.

The point for AS Vita see them at the bottom of Group C with only four points to their name while the draw for Esperance sees them top the standings with nine points.

South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns, who beat Ethiopia’s Saint George 1-0 earlier in the day, are second on eight points while Saint George are third in Group C with five points.

Esperance are next in action in the Champions League on July 9th when they host Saint George whiel AS Vita are off to South Africa to face Mamelodi Sundowns on the same day.

On the day at the Complexe Omnisports stade des Martyrs the Tunisian side got off to a fast start and took the lead in the 11th minute courtesy of a strike from Taha Khenissi, 1-0.

The home side, though, were not going to go down without a fight and began mountain pressure on the Esperance goal.

AS Vita were rewarded for their efforts in the 24th minute when a shot from Tady Etekiama drew them level, 1-1.

Six minutes later Tady Etekiama found his second of the game and gave AS Vita the lead with a cool finish after a well-worked passing move from his side, 2-1.

Esperance try to hit back before the break, but went into half time trailing by a goal.

Ten minutes into the second half the home side were reduced to ten men following a second yellow card for Makwekwe Kupa who gave away a penalty inside the box with a poorly timed challenge.

Taha Khenissi stepped up for Esperance and made not mistake from the spot-kick to level matters, 2-2.

As Vita sat back in defence after going a man down and were content to hold on for a draw despite severe pressure from Esperance who were poor in front of goal.

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