Tunisian giants Esperance turned the Caf Champions League final on its head and convincingly won 3-0 against their much-fancied Egyptian opposition Al-Ahly after falling behind 3-1 in the first leg in Egypt.
A double by Saad Bguir set the tone for Esperance to launch the comeback against Al-Ahly. The Tunisians went on to claim their third Caf Champions League title, made all the more impressive since they experienced a difficult week after losing by two goals in Egypt.
Bguir managed to score the first goal just before the half-time whistle when Al-Ahly appeared to be cruising to victory. That opener caused a real scare for Al-Ahly in the dressing room.
The goal came from excellent passing movements by the home side, that eventually resulted in Egypt international goalkeeper Mohamed el Shenawy facing an open Bguir and getting beaten from close range.
Bguir made this opportunity count by striking it into the far corner of the net and giving hope to the Tunisian club.
Bguir scored again in the second half to move Esperance ahead and cement his team’s advantage. The goal was created thanks to the overlapping work of full-back Sameh Derbali who crossed for Bguir to score another goal from close range.
The result ensured Esperance smell their first CAFCL title since 2011, having won their maiden title in 1994. As the score stood at 2-0 in Tunisia, Esperance would’ve still won on the away goals rule but Badri made sure of the result with a third goal, coming in the 86th minute.