Six-goal ASEC go through in Champions League
JOHANNESBURG, May 8 (Reuters) - ASEC Abidjan reached the last eight of the African Champions League in emphatic style on Sunday, hammering Port Autonome of Senegal 6-0 to win their third round tie easily.
Tunisia's Etoile Sahel, runners-up in the last two competitions, went out on penalties as Ghana's Hearts of Oak joined compatriots Asante Kotko in the lucrative league phase of the competition.
Also through are Orlando Pirates of South Africa, who went through to the last eight for the first time in 10 years despite a 3-1 defeat in Sudan.
Didier Ya Konan scored twice as ASEC romped through against the Senegalese champions, scoring four times in the second half for a 6-1 aggregate win.
Goore DaCosta, Kouamatien Kone, Koffi Konan and Foneye Vincent Die scored the other four goals.
ASEC, who won the Champions League in 1998, have made the lucrative league phase for the fifth successive year and the sixth time in seven years.
Etoile Sahel, one goal down from the first leg against the 2000 winners, battled to level the aggregate score, netting only in the final minute through defender Sabeur Ben Frej to secure a 1-1 aggregate tie.
But they were eliminated 5-4 on penalties by Hearts, whose goalkeeper Laud Quartey made three stops in the shootout.
Asante Kotoko lost 1-0 in Antananarivo against USCAFOOT of Madagascar but held a healthy 6-0 lead from last month's first leg.
Pirates won the away goals rule against Al Hilal of Sudan despite their loss in Khartoum on Sunday night.
Sunday's four winners are joined by holders Al Ahli of Egypt, Algeria's JS Kabylie, CS Sfaxien (Tunisia) and double winners Enyimba of Nigeria in the draw in Cairo on May 13.