Sundowns muscle past Al-Hilal in CAF Champions League opener

Kermit Erasmus (Getty Images)

Kermit Erasmus (Getty Photos)

Mamelodi Sundowns opened their CAF Champions League Group B account with a 2-0 win over Sudan facet Al-Hilal at a moist Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

Mosa Lebusa’s tenth minute header separated the groups at half-time, however Sundowns had a type of nights the place most of their probabilities have been wasted.

Kermit Erasmus made positive of the end result with a ninetieth minute strike.

That they had loads of them within the first half, the place the likes of Themba Zwane and Siphelele Mkhulise ought to have transformed their alternatives to provide Sundowns a cushty half-time lead.

Zwane ought to have put Sundowns forward within the eighth minute, however his probability was properly saved by Mohamed Adam Saeed.

Sundowns then took the lead when Lebusa powered dwelling Lyle Lakay’s nook.

Mkhulise ought to have given Sundowns a 2-0 lead after he was properly arrange by Zwane, however his probability was properly saved by Saeed.

Whereas dominating the sport with probabilities, Peter Shalulile got here shut within the forty third minute, however he couldn’t join with Gaston Sirino’s cross.

Denis Onyango was stored busy by Al-Hilal’s Mohamed Yousif’s runs within the first half, however made his first actual save early within the second half.

Sundowns stored on piling the stress within the seek for extra objectives.

Zwane had a sixtieth minute probability that was properly lower off by Saeed, with the identical end result for Lakay’s 67th minute freekick that was properly saved by the keeper.

Lakay additionally had a 74th minute freekick that was saved by the keeper. 

Sundowns, whose subsequent opponents are Algerian facet CR Belouizdad on February 23, lastly obtained the second purpose by way of Erasmus, who scored from an exquisite solo effort and shot from simply exterior the field. 

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