Primeiro and Esperance into African Champions League Semi-finals

Angola’s Primeiro de Agosto and Tunisia’s Esperance win their African Champions League quarter-finals. Preimiro beat five-time winners TP Mazembe of DR Congo on the away goals rule after a 1-1 draw in Lubumbashi.

Last Saturday’s goalless first leg in Luanda was overshadowed by the deaths of five fans who were crushed.

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The Angolans will now face Esperance in October’s semi-finals after a 1-0 win over local rivals Etoile du Sahel to complete a 3-1 overall win.

The only goal of the game in Sousse came from virtually Esperance’s first shot on target when Ivory Coast-born Fousseny Coulibaly scored in the 87th minute.

Etoile finished the match with 10 men after Ammar El Jemal was shown a red card in injury time.

Hosts Mazembe,who won the second-tier Confederation Cup last year, took the lead against Primeiro after just 12 minutes through Jackson Muleka and then had a goal ruled out for offside.

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DR Congo-born Mongo Bokamba then scored the all-important equaliser from a free-kick on 34 minutes.

Mazembe missed the chance to take the lead just before half-time when Ben Malango was fouled for a penalty but his own tentative effort was saved by goalkeeper Tony Cabaca.

Veteran Tresor Mputu scored but it was ruled as the referee had already blown to award Mazembe a free kick.

The Angolans held on to reach the last four of the Champions League for the first time in their history.

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