CAF Champions League: Asec Mimosas and Esperance deadlocked in quarter-final showdown


In a tense showdown at the Stade Olympique in Tunis, Asec Mimosas held firm against Esperance Sportive de Tunis, frustrating the home side to a goalless draw in the last round of Quarter-Final fixtures. Ivorian giants, Asec Mimosas emerged as the happier side on Saturday evening, denying Esperance any breakthrough despite relentless pressure.

From the outset, Asec Mimosas showcased their defensive prowess, stifling Esperance’s attacking advances. Despite being starved of possession, they seized the first notable chance of the game when Karidioula Mofosse nearly capitalized on a defensive error by Raed Bouchniba, only to see his effort narrowly miss the target.

As the game progressed, Esperance intensified their offensive efforts, with Ghaylen Chaleli coming close to breaking the deadlock with a dangerous cross that forced a crucial save from the Asec goalkeeper. However, the visitors remained resolute, denying their opponents any clear-cut opportunities.

The second half saw Asec Mimosas continue their disciplined defensive display while also posing a threat on the counter. Coach Miguel Cardoso’s tactical substitutions injected fresh energy into their attack, with Oussema Bouguerra unlucky not to find the net as his powerful strike rattled the woodwork.

Despite enduring waves of pressure, Asec Mimosas maintained their composure, with midfield maestro Houssem Tka coming agonizingly close to scoring with a well-directed header that narrowly missed the target. Their resilience paid dividends as they successfully thwarted Esperance’s onslaught, securing a confidence-boosting draw away from home.

With both teams heading into the return leg in Abidjan on equal footing, the stage is set for a thrilling conclusion to the Quarter-Finals of the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League. Asec Mimosas will look to capitalize on their defensive solidity and home advantage, while Esperance will be eager to turn the tables and secure a spot in the semi-finals. The upcoming clash promises to be a captivating spectacle as the two continental giants battle for supremacy on April 5th and 6th.

Photo: CAF online

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