Sunday, December 9, 2007

Etoile Through to World Club Cup Semis


Congratulations are in order for Tunisia's Etoile du Sahel, who secured a place in the semi finals of the World Club Cup, thanks to a 1-0 victory over Pachuca of Mexico in Japan.

Young Ghanian striker Moussa Narry scored the only goal of the game in the 85th minute.
His shot from distance was deflected into the net by Pachuca defender Leobardo Lopez.

Etoile will now face Argentinian powerhouse Boca Juniors in the semis.

It means they have already matched the achievement of their great rivals Al Ahly, in getting to the semi finals of the event.

Etoile beat Ahly in the final of the African Champions League to secure their place at the Fifa showpiece.

"I am very happy with the way the match turned out and very happy with my players," said Etoile coach Bertrand Marchand.

"We have a lot of young players under 25 and Pachuca had more experienced players, but we knew with a strong defense and teamwork we could do it."

Until the decisive moment, it had been Pachuca who looked more likely to claim victory.

Etoile goalkeeper Aymen Balbouli frustrated the CONCACAF champions throughout and produced some fine saves to stop Gabriel Caballero's diving header and Marvin Cabrera's fierce shot in the first half.

Pachuca's Julio Manzur had a goal disallowed for offside after Balbouli fumbled a free kick from Christian Gimenez.

"We played a very good match, we were dominating the game, producing a lot of chances but were unable to score," said Pachuca coach Enrique Meza.

Good luck, Etoile! We're proud of you.

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