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CAF Champions League Report: Mamelodi Sundowns v Wydad Casablanca 05 May 2018
CAF Champions League
Result: Mamelodi Sundowns 1-1 Wydad Casablanca
Date: 05 May 2018
Venue: Lucas Moripe Stadium
Mamelodi Sundowns began their CAF Champions League group stage campaign with a 1-1 draw against defending champions Wydad Casablanca on Saturday.
Masandawana, who were without Percy Tau, were ahead as early as the third minute thanks to an own goal by Wydad's Ibrahim Comara, who turned home Sibusiso Vilakazi's cut-back after Khama Billiat's initial shot was saved.
Wydad looked dangerous on set-pieces inside the first quarter of an hour but Pitso Mosimane’s charges were also threatening on the counter with the pace of Billiat proving a nuisance to the visiting defence.
However, Ismail El Haddad leveled matters for the Moroccans in the 19th minute with a downward header after catching the Sundowns defence napping.
Mohamed Ounnajem almost gave the Red Devils the lead in the 26th minute with a low strike from the edge of the box, but goalkeeper Denis Onyango made a good save at full stretch.
Ibrahim Nekkach should have put Wydad in the lead nine minutes before the break after racing clear on a break with acres of space but fired over the bar one-on-one with Onyango as the sides went into the break level.
Gaston Sirino almost grabbed the lead for Masandawana five minutes into the second stanza with a looping header that caught our Wydad goalkeeper Yassine El Kharraoubi but the ball sailed just over the crossbar.
The Brazilians were breaking with pace going forward and playing early balls after the hour-mark, but were let down by their finishing.
Pitso Mosimane’s charges were building patiently going forward with 20 minutes to play while Wydad were defending with numbers behind the ball, with the hope of catching Sundowns on the counter.
Masandawana were camped in the Red Devils half in the final 10 minutes of the half as they went search of a wining goal, although the Brazilians failed to again bypass the Wydad defence and had to settle for a point in their opening Group C clash.
Here's how they lined up:
Sundowns: Onyango, Langerman, Nascimento, Madisha, Morena, Mabunda, Kekana, Zwane, Vilakazi, Sirino, Billiat.
Subs: Razak, Manyisa, Lebese, Brockie, Ngcongca, Zulu, Soumahoro.