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Yassine Khenissi’s brace lifts Esperance over hapless FC Platinum

Yassine Khenissi’s brace lifts Esperance over hapless FC Platinum

A brace by Taha Yassine Khenissi ensured a 2-0 victory for Esperance over visitors FC Platinum, and saw the Tunisians collect their first full set of maximum points in Group B.

Khenissi scored a goal in either half to hand defending champions Esperance the three points against the Zimbabwean champions.

After drawing 1-1 with Horoya in their first match away, Esperance recovered to notch a maiden win in this group.

While the Zimbabweans offered little attack, Esperance opened the scoring 24 minutes into the game with Khenissi beating the visitors’ goalkeeper Petros Mhari.

The first half ended with both sides barely producing clear-cut chances.

But after the restart with the hosts dominating possessionKhenissi doubled Esperance’s advantage in the 65th minute.

Cameroonian midfielder Franck Kom provided a headed pass to Khenissi to finish home with his head and seal the victory for the Tunisians.

Meanwhile, riots characterised the clash between Ismaily and Club Africain which ended with the Tunisian visitors winning 2-1 on Friday.

It was a second straight defeat for Ismaily who lost their opening match 2-0 away at TP Mazembe last weekend.

But Friday’s match was full of drama as Ismaily fans were angered by Cameroonian referee Neant Alioum who dished out what appeared to be controversial calls.

After Namibia forward Benshon Shilongo had thrust Ismaily in from just eight minutes into the game, the Egyptians appeared to be on course for a win.

But two converted penalties by Ghazi Ayadi in the 40th and 45th minute unsettled the hosts’ fans whose protests caused brief stoppages to the match.

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