Jaraaf strike late to draw Sfaxien, Salitas hit Etoile

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Mamadou Sylla scored in the second minute of added time as Senegalese side Jaraaf rallied from a goal down to hold CS Sfaxien to a 1-1 draw in their second Total CAF Confederation Cup Group C match at the Stade Lat-Dior on Wednesday.

Sfaxien looked set to be headed for maximum points away from home after Kingsley Sokari had given them a 70th minute lead, but the hard fighting home side gave their all to equalize late and pick their first point of the group phase of the competition.

Despite the draw, Sfaxien remained top of Group C with four points while Salitas climbed to second after a hard earned 1-0 win over Etoile du Sahel in Ouagadougou.

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Salitas left it late before Olivier Boissy found the back of the net to give the side a vital three points in a balanced game. With the result, Salitas went above Etoile in the standings, the Tunisians also being on three points after their opening day win over Jaraaf.

The visitors started brightly as they knew three points would elevate them top of the pile. They had a good chance after six minutes, but Mohamed Msakni failed to execute a clean shot 10 yards from goal after Aymen Sfaxi’s cross from the right took an awkward bounce infront of him.

In the 20th minute they had another chance when Wajdi Kechrida slapped in an inviting low cross from the right, but Fradi Kayramani missed a vital touch as he ran sliding in ahead of the keeper.

The home side had the first chance at goal in the 23rd minute when Boissy took on a shot from range after his initial effort was blocked, but keeper Aymen Methlouthi made a full stretched save.

Three minutes to the break Salitas had another chance when Aboubacar Traore took on another shot from range, but once again, Methlouthi proved equal to the ask with a fine save.

Salitas piled the pressure in the second half as they forced Etoile to play on the back foot. The pressure bore fruit in the 82nd minute when Boissy headed home after a confusion between the keeper and defender Saleh Harabi.

Harabi rushed to head away a cross from Sami Hien and with the keeper also coming for the same ball, Boissy was gifted as he nodded into an empty net.