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TP Mazembe survives 2nd round scare

TP Mazembe survives 2nd round scare

Defending champion TP Mazembe survived a second round scare in the African Champions League, edging Rwandan club APR 2-1 on aggregate after a 2-0 second leg win.
Mazembe captain Tresor Mputu scored the opener in the sixth minute Sunday at the Martyrs Stadium in Kinshasa. Kabangu Patou sealed the win in the 69th minute to see the Congolese team through. APR had two players sent off.
"I must admit playing away from our base and at a different home ground has never been easy," Mazembe coach Diego Garzitto said. "I must thank all the supporters of Kinshasa who filled the Martyrs Stadium to cheer on the team. It has paid off.
"We are very hungry to retain the title."
ASEC Mimosas of Ivory Coast, the 1998 champion, was eliminated following a 1-1 draw with Zambian club Zanaco in Abidjan. Zanaco won the two-leg series 2-1 on aggregate and piled the pressure on ASEC coach Maxime Gouamene, who said his fate now rested with the club bosses.
"We expected a difficult game but not elimination," Gouamene said.
Trinity Chalanshi's equalizer for Zanaco just before halftime and sent the Zambian club through. Sede Marc Dion scored for ASEC.
Angolan champion Petro Atletico Luanda ended the hopes of another former winner, Raja Casablanca of Morocco. Atletico won 1-0 in Luanda on Sunday to progress 2-1 on aggregate.
Dynamos kept Zimbabwean hopes alive with a 1-0 win over Congolese club FC Lupopo in the first game at the newly refurbished National Sports Stadium in Harare.
Dynamos celebrated the stadium opening, after four years of work, with Thabani Kanusoko's diving header, which sealed a 2-0 aggregate victory.
Sudanese club Al Hilal beat Africa Sports of Ivory Coast 4-1 after a goalless draw in the first leg. Seif Masawe and Blaise Mbele scored two each for Al Hilal.
Nigerian club Heartland FC also reached the third round following a 1-1 draw with Cameroon's Tiko United. The 2009 finalists advanced on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate draw in Owerri. Emmanuel Omodiagbe saved the home team with his equalizer after Tiko had led in Nigeria.
And Mali champion Djoliba AC beat Senegalese club ASC Linguere 4-3 on penalties Monday after a 1-1 draw in the first leg.
Sixteen teams have now qualified for the third round of the competition and will again play over two legs, beginning April 23, for a place in the eight-team group stage.


Updated : 2021-03-02 09:54 GMT+08:00