CAF Champions League Matchday 3 wrap

CAF Champions League Matchday 3 wrap
Walid Azaro (L) in action against Township Rollers player Mosha Gaolaolwe

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Jul 18, 2018. 09:29

The 2018 CAF Champions League returned from an almost two-month break with a full set of group stage Matchday 3 fixtures played across the continent on Tuesday, July 17.

DR Congo giants TP Mazembe remain the only team with a 100 percent record, picking up a third win in Group B by beating MC Alger 1-0 in Lubumbashi thanks to a late strike from Elia Meschak.

The other game in the pool saw ES Setif claim their first three points with a 2-1 victory over Difaa El Jadidi in a North African derby.

Group A is very much under the control of Esperance de Tunis, who came from two goals down to beat KCCA 3-2 in Rades and take their tally to seven points.

They hold a three-point lead over eight-time champions Al Ahly, who crushed Botswana’s Township Rollers 3-0 in Alexandria for their first win in the group stage.

Mamelodi Sundowns, who were champions of the continent in 2016, are in trouble in Group C after going down 1-0 away to AS Togo-Port in Lome.

The Brazilians are bottom of the standings on two points, Togo-Port are third on three points and first place is shared by Wydad Casablanca and Horoya on five points apiece after they drew 1-1 in Conakry.

Group D is topped by Etoile du Sahel, whose 3-0 away win over Mbabane Swallows took their tally to seven points and opened up a three-point advantage over the Swazi team in second place.

Zesco United and Primeiro de Agosto were unable to make up any significant ground after they drew 0-0 in Ndola.

Matchday 4 will see the reverse fixtures of Tuesday’s games played over the weekend of July 27-28.

CAF Champions League results, Tuesday 17 July

Group A

Esperance de Tunis 3-2 KCCA
Al Ahly 3-0 Township Rollers

Group B

TP Mazembe 1-0 MC Alger
ES Setif 2-1 Difaa El Jadidi

Group C

AS Togo-Port 1-0 Mamelodi Sundowns
Horoya 1-1 Wydad Casablanca

Group D

Mbabane Swallows 0-3 Etoile du Sahel
Zesco United 0-0 Primeiro de Agosto

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