Highly tipped favourites ahead of the all-North African clash, the Blood and Gold were stunned early in the game by the visitors, who opened the scoring in the 20th minute through Hamza Bourezzouk to shift much of the pressure on the home side.
The pacy striker linked up with a low cross from defender Hamza Hajji and meandered his way into Esperance area before poking the ball into the back net via the left post.
The second half witnessed a continuous flow of traffic towards Maghreb’s goal as the Tunisians were anxiously conscious that time was not running in their favour. But most of Ndjeng, Bouazzi and Msakni’s combinations upfront lacked proper finishing and the Moroccans found no difficulties clearing the dangers.
Deep in stoppage time, defender Khalil Chemmam pulled level for Esperance and revived the hopes of already saddened home fans, who rekindled the din that animated the stadium in the opening moments of the encounter.
Both sides went on for a mandatory penalty shootout without extra time, according to Caf regulations for the Super Cup.
Derbali and Hicheri bungled their kicks for Esperance while Maghreb lost only one to seal victory on 4-3 and became Morocco’s second club to win the Caf Super Cup after Raja Casablanca in 2000.
- Match Summary