A second-half goal by Ammar Jemmal was enough to hand Etoile du Sahel the deserved victory over rivals Esperance de Tunis in their 2015 CAF Confederation Cup Group A clash on Saturday night at Stade de Rades.
The victory elevates Etoile to the group’s pole position with six points whilst Esperance occupy the third spot with no point next to their name.
Although it was Etoile who threatened first as early as the fourth minute, goalkeeper Ben Cherifia denied Beigui’s effort with a fine save.
The visitors tried to move forward, but Alaya Brigui and Franck Kom lacked precision in front of goal with the latter wasting some more first half chances as the visitors remained on the front foot.
After 30 minutes of play, Etoile were reduced to 10 men when their Brazilian forward Diogo Da Silva was sent off after being handed a straight red card and the remaining 15 minutes could not produce a goal with both sides heading to the tunnel deadlocked at 0-0.
But just after five minutes into the second stanza, Etoile found the back of the net through Ammar Jemal handing the visitors the lead with a successful header.
Esperance came knocking at Etoile’s posts looking for an equaliser but keeper Aymen Mathlouthi was in fine form to make a save in front of Houcine Ragued.
The hosts tried all they could to salvage a point but it was Etoile whose defence was solid and emerged as victors.
Esperance de Tunis: 0
Etoile Sportive du Sahel: (0) (1) (Jemal 50’)
Esperance de Tunis: Moez Ben Chérifia, Mohamed Amine Nefzi, Ali Machani, Mohamed Ali Yaakoubi, Iheb Mbarki, Houcine Ragued, Chaker Reguii, Gailène Chaalali, Elyès Jelassi, Samuel Eduok, Haythem Jouini.
Etoile Sportive du Sahel: Aymen Mathlouthi, Marouane Tej, Alaya Brigui, Ammar Jemal, Zied Boughattas, Franck Kom, Mohamed Amine Ben Amor, Hamza Lahmar, Youssef Mouihbi, Al Kahli Bangoura, Diogo Da Silva.