Esperance were crowned winners of the 2018 Caf Champions League for the third time after staging a remarkable second leg 3-0 turnaround victory over Al Ahly Friday night.
The Tunisians had controversially lost the first-leg final 3-1 in Egypt a week ago.
Ahly came into the game in Rades without Moroccan striker Walid Azaro who was served a two-match ban for a cheating incident in the opening leg in Cairo.
Esperance came out firing in the first half, with Ghilane Chaali and Mohamed Ali Yacoubi going close in the opening 15 minutes.
The chances continued to fall for the Tunisian outfit as Taha Khenissi headed wide from close range following a corner from Ayman Ben Mohamed.
Esperance’s pressure eventually paid off just before the halftime break, with Saad Beguir slotting into the bottom corner after being set up by Taha Khenissi.
Ten minutes into the second half, Esperance doubled their advantage as Beguir completed his brace, nodding home a cross from Sameh Derbali to put his ahead on the away goals rule.
Al Ahly responded with a double change after the hour mark, with Salah Mohsen and Karim Nedved replacing Mohamed Nany and Mohamed Hussein.
However, it was Esperance who nearly grabbed a third on the night in the 80th minute through Anice Badri, who saw his effort tipped over the crossbar.
The hosts sealed the win with four minutes remaining as Badri registered his name of the score-sheet with a stunning strike that sailed into the top corner.
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Esperance will represent Africa at the 2018 Fifa Club World Cup scheduled for December 12-22 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).