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Esperance grab opening win, TP Mazembe share points in CAF Champions League

Tunisia’s Esperance and South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns kicked off their African Champions League group stage with wins while five-time winners TP Mazembe were held to a draw on Saturday.

Esperance, Champions League winners in 2018 and 2019, survived a scare after securing a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Senegalese debutants FC Teungueth.

Gambian Gibril Sillah gave Teungueth a shock 32nd-minute lead after finishing off a counter attack but Yassine Khenissi brought the hosts level on the stroke of halftime after converting a penalty.

Abdul Khalid Basit netted the winner for Esperance in the 73rd minute after heading home a cross from Ali Ben Romdhane.

Esperance went top of Group D with three points, two ahead of Egypt’s Zamalek and MC Alger, who played out a 0-0 draw in Cairo on Friday.

In Group B, 2016 champions Sundowns defeated Sudan’s Al-Hilal 2-0 at home, thanks to a 10th-minute goal from Mosa Lebusa and a strike from Kermit Erasmus in stoppage time.

In the same group, DR Congo’s Mazembe were held to a 0-0 draw by Algeria’s CR Belouizdad at their Lubumbashi fortress, having wasted some easy chances.

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