Esperance of Tunisia took a big step towards retaining their African Champions League crown with a 1-1 draw away against Wydad Casablanca.
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For the first time in the history of the CAF Champions League, the semifinal line-up will consist of the previous four winners.
Nine-man Esperance, of Tunisia, beat Mexico's Chivas Guadalajara 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw to claim fifth place at the Club World Cup,
Host side Al Ain upset African champions Esperance of Tunisia 3-0 on Saturday to reach the semi-finals of the Club World Cup.
Defender Mohamed Ahmad put Al-Ain in front two minutes into the quarterfinal, getting on to the end of a cross from Rayan Yaslem.
Esperance overcame a two-goal deficit against Al Ahly to be crowned African champions for the third time.
CAF have suspended Al-Ahly's Walid Azaro for unsporting behaviour following his actions in the first leg of the CAF Champions League final.
Al Ahly have claimed the advantage in the CAF Champions League final with a controversial 3-1 victory over visitors Esperance in the first leg.
Cameroon's Franck Kom is set to play a key role for Esperance when they meet Al-Ahly on Friday in the first leg of the CAF Champions League.
The 2018 CAF Champions League final between frequent contenders Al Ahly and Esperance will be a repeat of the decider played six years ago.
Tunisia's tightly-knit national side belies an undercurrent of animosity between players from Étoile du Sahel and Esperance de Tunis.
There's heavy North African representation in the CAF Champions League quarter finals as the continent's premier club competition resumes
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