Wednesday, November 13, 2013

13 November 2010 - They Get Bonus Points For The Badge

On 13 November 2010, TP Mazembe successfully defended their CAF Champions League title, beating Espérance 6-1 on aggregate.

The two teams met earlier in the group stage, where they split their two meetings. Espérance topped the group, with Mazembe coming in second. They then both advanced through the knockout rounds to reach the final.

Mazembe hosted the first leg in Lubumbashi on 31 October and won 5-0. Because the tournament uses the aggregate score to determine the winner, that margin effectively secured the trophy and made the second leg an academic affair.

Still, Espérance made a game of it at the Stade 7 November in Rades by going up 1-0 in the 24th minute with a goal from right back Harrison Afful. But they were unable to close the gap any further and instead conceded an equalizer to Mazembe substitute forward Déo Kanda A Mukok in the 67th minute. The match finished 1-1.

The tournament marked the second time that Mazembe repeated as champions, with their first pair of titles coming in 1967 and 1968.

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