CAF Champions League Review: Kone battle back to hold TP Mazembe as El Merreikh stun ES Tunis

Ismael Kone salvaged a 2-2 draw for Stade Malien against TP Mazembe in the CAF Champions League as Al Merreikh stunned ES Tunis 1-0.

A quickfire brace from Ismael Kone salvaged a 2-2 draw for Stade Malien in first leg of their CAF Champions League second-round tie against TP Mazembe.

The visitors from the Democratic Republic of Congo appeared to be cruising to victory after 51 minutes when Daniel Agyei doubled their advantage following Cheibane Traore's first-half opener – Rainford Kalaba the provider on both occasions.

But Kone gave Malien a foothold in the game in the 74th minute and he struck again two minutes later to reignite the Malian outfit's hopes of reaching the group stages.

In Saturday's other tie, Al Merreikh of Sudan claimed a shock 1-0 win at home to ES Tunis.

Alaeddin Youssef netted decisively from the penalty spot after 24 minutes before goalkeeper Sami Helal starred with a succession of fine saves to keep the Tunisian champions in the tie ahead of the second leg.