MATCH CENTRE

SAT 17 MAY 2014, 21:00

1
VS
2

Esperance caught off guard by ES Sétif

by Stephane DeSaintsalvy

Sun May 18, 00:45

Espérance de Tunis fell 1-2 in their Radès Stadium against ES Sétif on Saturday night, in their opening game of their CAF Champions’ League Group stage campaign in pool B.

That is a major boost for the Algerian outfit as very few teams can claim such an achievement on the Tunis’ giants home ground.

The visitors had a first opportunity in the 9th minute when Khaled Gourmi saw his attempt parried away by Moez Ben Cherifia.

And following a few chances on both sides, the Algerians took ultimately the lead in the 24th minute with Rachid Nadji getting the best out of a poor clearance by the Blood and Gold defence.

Espérance tried to fight back straight away, but neither Oussama Darragi, Iheb Mbarki nor Khalil Chemmam managed to find the back of the net.

ES Sétif silenced the Radès Stadium once again just after the break, with Rachid Nadji stealing the ball from Mohamed Ben Mansour for El Hedi Belameiri to double the mark.

The locals managed however to narrow the gap in the 54th minute, thanks to Driss Mhirsi assisted by Cameroonian striker Yannick N’Djeng on a Ahmed Akaichi’s cross.

N’Djeng went very close to get the equaliser in the 71st minute on a deflected shot from Akaichi, while Rachid Nadji could have added number three for Sétif seven minutes later without a great save by Ben Chérifia.

And the Espérance keeper had to deal with another very hot situation in front of Belameiri towards the dying minutes of the encounter.

Entente Sportive de Sétif take provisionally the lead in the Group B, where CS Sfaxien will host on Sunday Al Ahly Benghazi in the other fixture of the pool.

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
ESPERANCE ENTENTE SETIF
Goalkeeper
16
1
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
24
Goalkeeper
22
Goalkeeper
22
Defender
6
Defender
15
Defender
6
Defender
26
28
Defender
24
Defender
20
Defender
3
Defender
5
Defender
12
Defender
18
28
20
Defender
26
Defender
17
Defender
4
Midfielder
25
Midfielder
30
Midfielder
4
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
30
Midfielder
27
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
19
Midfielder
8
7
10
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
16
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
29
Forward/Striker
20
Forward/Striker
12
Forward/Striker
14
Forward/Striker
19
Forward/Striker
8
Forward/Striker
11
Forward/Striker
15
Forward/Striker
25
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
23
Forward/Striker
3
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