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Sundowns Off To Flying Start In CAF Group Stages

CAF Champions League

Result: Mamelodi Sundowns 3-0 Petro de Luanda

Date: 30 November 2019

Venue: Loftus Versfeld

While Wydad Casablanca dropped points earlier in the day, Mamelodi Sundowns began their CAF Champions group stage campaign with a 3-0 win over Petro de Luanda.

Click through the gallery to see action from Sundowns' winn over Petro.

Masandawana boss Pitso Mosimane made five changes to the side that beat AmaZulu on Tuesday evening, as Thapelo Morena, Tebogo Langerman, Wayne Arendse, Mauricio Affonso and Gaston Sirino all returned to the starting line-up.

Sundowns got off to a dream start as Affonso opened the scoring in the seventh minute with a header towards the bottom corner from Sirino's cross on the right channel.

Sirino was threatening to find the second goal for the hosts but it was Motjeka Madisha who got the second goal just before the half-hour mark with a header at the back post from Langerman's cross.

The Brazilians came close to finding the third goal ten minutes before the break as Sphelele Mkhulise unleashed a long drive, but shot-stopper Campos Alberto Adao made a great save to keep the Angolan side in the game.

Sundowns were getting a better resistance from Petro in the opening exchanges of the second stanza and Mosimane was seemingly happy to sit back and protect the two-goal cushion with 20 minutes remaining as Lyle Lakay came on for Lebohang Maboe

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However, Mkhulise killed off the game as a contest with 14 minutes remaining as he bagged the Brazilians' third goal after netting with a neat finish on an over-lap from Sirino's through ball.

The Tshwane giants cruised in the latter stages of the half to claim three points to move top of Group C after USM Alger and Wydad Casablanca played to a 1-1 draw in their opener.

Masandawana will travel to Morocco in their upcoming clash to take on Wydad Casablanca next Saturday, after which they will return home to prepare for the Telkom Knock out final against Maritzburg United on December 14.

Here's how they lined up:

Sundowns: 1. Mweene, 27. Morena, 4. Langerman, 2. Madisha, 6. Arendse, 15. Jali, 19. Coetzee, 25. Maboe, 21. Mkhulise, 10. Sirino, 9. Affonso.

Subs: 30. Pieterse, 29. Soumahoro, 26. Makgalwa, 13. Mabunda, 7. Lakay, 11. Vilakazi, 16. Ngcongca.

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