Esperance win Arab Champions League
Tunisia's Esperance defeat Wydad Cassablanca 2-1 on aggregate to claim the title.
Last Modified: 22 May 2009 10:32 GMT

Tunisia's Esperance are the Champions for 2009 [GALLO/GETTY]
Tunisia's Esperance won the Arab Champions League with a late penalty for a 2-1 aggregate victory over Wydad Casablanca after the second leg at Rades.

Oussama Darragi scored from the spot in the 86th minute to earn a 1-1 home draw against the Moroccans, who Esperance beat 1-0 in Casablanca in the first leg of the final on May 9.

Esperance could have taken the lead in the earlier stages of the match but missed a 15th minute penalty.

Wydad almost forced extra time as Rafik Abdessamad netted from the penalty spot in the 66th minute but things went wrong when striker Mustapha Bidoudane was sent off, after star Esperance midfielder Michael Eneramo had earlier been dismissed, shortly followed by a penalty to the hosts.

Oussama Darragi converted the spot kick with four minutes to go, thereby securing the final victory while another red card that saw Wydad finish with nine men.

For Wydad, it is their second consecutive defeat in an Arab Champions League final. Last year, the Moroccans lost 2-0 to the hands of Algerian side ES Setif.

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