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CR Belouizdad became the seventh team to book a slot in the quarter finals of the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League after seeing of ES Sahel 2-0 in Algiers on Saturday.

Sofiane Bouchar and Mohamed Belkhir scored for the Algerians in the first half as they moved to 11 points in Group C, same as leaders Esperance with one round of group stage matches left.

Etoile needed nothing but a win in Saturday’s fixture away in Algiers, but they fell short, remaining third with just three points from three successive draws.

The home side knew three points at home would be a guarantee for them to be in the last eight and they had a bright start, getting into the lead after just three minutes. Mohamed Bakir’s freekick from the left was spilled by the Etoile keeper right at Bouchar’s feet, the defender simply guiding the ball home.

They doubled their tally quarter of an hour later, this time Belkhir calmly finishing from inside the box after Karim Aribi flicked a long ball into his path.

They should have gone to the break three goals up, but Kheiredine Merzougui who had just come on for the injured Aribi failed to head on target off a Mokhtar Belkhiter pin-point cross.

Etoile tried to pull in some effort in the second half to get a comeback, but the Algerian side defended well to guard the victory and confirm their place in the last eight.

Source: CAF

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