MATCH CENTRE

SAT 24 MAY 2014, 20:00

3
VS
2

Blood and Gold defeated by Benghazi

by Stephane DeSaintsalvy

Sat May 24, 22:24

Al Ahly Benghazi condemned Esperance de Tunis to their second successive defeat in Group B of the CAF Champions League on Saturday, claiming a 3-2 win in Sfax.


The Blood and Gold suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat at home to Algeria’s ES Setif last weekend and desperately needed a positive result against the Libyan team, who are forced to play their home games in ‘neutral’ territory due to political instability in their home country.


The Libyans got off to a flying start with Edward Sadomba opening the scoring as early as the fifth to put the home side 1-0 up. In the 12th minute, Farag Mbarak made it 2-0, putting Al Ahly well in control of the tie.


Ahmed Akaichi pulled one back for Esperance in the 20th minute, reducing the deficit to 2-1, but Benghazi restored their two-goal advantage just before the half time break, with Moses Orkuma making it 3-1.


The second half saw Esperance dominate proceedings and look to work their way back into the match. They reduced the deficit to 3-2 when Tunisian star Oussama Darragi netted in the 78th minute.


However, that was as good as it got for the Tunisian champions, who now find themselves bottom of Group B after two matches played and in real danger of being out of semifinal contention early on in the group phase.


Tomorrow’s Group B action sees ES Setif and CS Sfaxien both looking to take control of the group when they meet in Algeria.

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
AL AHLY BENGHAZI ESPERANCE
Goalkeeper
22
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
24
Goalkeeper
22
Defender
5
Defender
6
Defender
25
Defender
3
Defender
26
13
Defender
24
4
Defender
3
Defender
2
Defender
12
26
28
Midfielder
15
20
Midfielder
30
Defender
17
18
Midfielder
25
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
4
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
30
Midfielder
29
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
21
Midfielder
19
Midfielder
14
7
Midfielder
23
Midfielder
10
Forward/Striker
28
Midfielder
13
Forward/Striker
19
Midfielder
11
Forward/Striker
27
Forward/Striker
20
Forward/Striker
11
Forward/Striker
14
Forward/Striker
10
Forward/Striker
8
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
15
Forward/Striker
20
Forward/Striker
12
Forward/Striker
8
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