Accra Hearts of Oak yesterday suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat at the hands of Esperance in their CAF Confederations Cup game in Tunis.
An 11th minute goal from the home side, as a result of miscommunication between skipper Ruben Gnagne and goalkeeper Soulama Abdulae did little to discourage the determined visitors, who put up a spirited performance.
However, another defensive error occurred 13 minutes into the second half, allowing the North Africans to increase the tally to two.
Playing before a crowd of 10,000 in a 60,000 capacity stadium, Esperance made good use of the last 15 minutes to consolidate their lead with two strikes.
Hearts, despite the score line, put up a good showing on a wet evening; but failed to utilize the few chances that came the way of Paul Acquah, Eric Kumi, Gilbert Fiamenyo and Foovi Aguide.
Indications were that the home fans boycotted the game in protest of their CAF Champions League exit.
For the Phobians, the heavy defeat makes the return leg in Accra a tall order.
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum
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