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Stade Tunisien shine at start of Tunisian championship

By Mona Yahia for Magharebia in Tunis – 05/08/10

Stade Tunisien continued their winning streak for the second week in a row after they defeated JS Kairouanaise 2-1 Sunday (August 1st) as part of the second round of the Tunisian football premier league.

With the win, Stade Tunisien now have 6 points and JSK zero.

After the match, Kairouan manager Habib Mjeri criticised the individual mistakes of his players, especially at the level of defence, and said that his team lacked strikers.

For his part, Stade Tunisien manager Patrick Liewig said that the second win for his team didn't mean that the team didn't suffer from shortcomings.

In their turn, ES Sahel scored the two winning goals against CS Hammam-Lif as of the first half and raised their points to four. The win comes after the team scored a goalless draw against Espérance in the first round. It was an important draw, especially as it was scored away from home.

ES Sahel showed great determination to win in the match against CS Hammam-Lif, while the latter settled for defence.

Hammam-Lif manager Dragan Cvetkovic said that "the performance of ESS in the first half was excellent. However, the performance of our team improved in the second half, but ESS deserved to win."

For his part, ES Sahel manager Mohammed Faker said after the match: "We entered the match strongly, and managed to score as of the beginning. We have a lot of players who can add something."

In another match, ES Zarzis defeated EGS Gafsa (EGSG) 3-0.

"We faced difficulty in play-making because the players were thinking about the result," said ES Zarzis manager Chihab Lili after the match.

In his turn, EGSG manager Farid Ben Belgasem said that they could have won in the first half, but the individual mistakes created the difference.

With this win, ES Zarzis now have 4 points and are behind ES Sahel on goal difference, while EGSG have 3 points.

In another match, La Marsa drew 0-0 against Olympique Béja. This was the second draw in a row for the two teams.

In a match played Saturday, Club Africain defeated AS Gabès 2-0.

The second round of the league came to a close Wednesday with a 1-0 win by Espérance against CA Bizertin. The match's only goal was scored by Espérance captain Ousama Draji. In another match, CS Sfaxien defeated ES Hamam-Sousse with the same score.

After the match, Espérance assistant manager Maher Kanzari said that "the most important thing is that we won the three points. After scoring the goal, we were just keeping up with the pace of the match, and Eneramo made the suitable pass to score the winning goal."

"CS Sfaxien were able to keep their win against ES Hammam-Sousse, who didn't find the suitable solutions," said Ali Kaabi, a sports analyst. "As for CS Sfaxien, they possessed the ball and didn't make any mistakes in their zones; something that enabled them to maintain their lead."

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