The result moved Etoile to nine points and the summit of Group A, two more than Al Merreikh of Sudan. Ferroviario has five points, one richer than El Hilal.
With leading marksman Antonio Dayo missing in action through injury, the Mozambicans under the tutelage of new Portuguese coach, Rogério Gonçalves, dominated possession in the opening capitalizing on the defensive approach of the Tunisians.
After a barren first half, Ferroviario broke the deadlock on 71 minutes through Chelito Omar to give the fans something to cheer about.
The introduction of Zouhaier Dhaouadi for Alkhaly Bangoura brought some life into the Etoile backline, resulting in a penalty four minutes from time which was converted by Slim Ben Belgacem for the equalizer.
Rogerio Gonçalves (Head Coach, Ferroviário da Beira)
It was a good game against a great team like Etoile du Sahel. I am proud because we had a good approach. Unfortunately, we did not make good use of the lots opportunities we had. Due to inexperience, we made an avoidable mistake allowed Etoile to equalize. We will fight to win our last match against El Hilal and hope that result of Etoile versus El Merreikh goes our favour.
Hubert Velud (Head Coach, Etoile du Sahel)
I am happy with the result, although we had clear opportunities to win the game. The draw nevertheless satisfies our objective because we have qualified for the quarter-finals, which means it was important not to lose this game. Now, we are thinking of the last match ad the next stage which will be more complex.
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