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Downs Net Late To Keep Top Spot Hopes Alive In CAF

CAF Champions League

Result: Petro de Luanda 2-2 Mamelodi Sundowns

Date: 25 January 2020

Venue: Estadio Nacional 11 de Novembro

Top spot in Group C in the CAF Champions League remains up for grabs after Mamelodi Sundowns drew 2-2 with Petro de Luanda on Saturday afternoon.

Ricardo Nascimento made his first start of the season in the Sundowns defence while Sibusiso Vilakazi led the attack in the absence of Mauricio Affonso.

Sundowns had to contend with wet conditions and a damp pitch at the stadium following a heavy down-fall of rain before the mtach, although Denis Onyango was alert in the early stages after making two saves in the opening 15 minutes.

While the visitors only had an early effort from Thapelo Morena, they were awarded a penalty in the 21st minute when Themba Zwane's shot struck the arm of Petro defender. Gaston Sirino stepped up and converted the spot-kick for his first goal in this season's group stage to go with his two strikes from the preliminary rounds.

The home side were then awarded a penalty of their five minutes before the halftime break after Anele Ngcongca was deemed to have handle box. Job took responsibility and slotted home from 12-yards out to level matters.

Sundowns were dealt a blow shortly after the halftime break as Onyango was forced off with an injury and replaced by Zambian shot-stopper Kennedy Mweene.

Phakamani Mahlambi was introduced just after the hour mark as Pitso Mosimane pushed for a winning goal, and they were nearly rewarded with a second when Sirino fired inches wide from close range minutes later.

However, it was the home side who got the next goal with 20 minutes remaining as Jacques Tuyisenge completed the turnaround with a close-range finish past Mweene after being picked out by Picas.

Sundowns threw bodies forward in search of an opening goal and went close on 87 minutes as Tebogo Langerman's cross was met by Ngcongca, who sent his header just wide.

However, Sundowns managed to secure the equaliser in the first minute of time added on thanks to Motjeka Madisha nodding home Sirino's cross for a share of the spoils.

Here's how they lined up:

Sundowns: 14. Onyango, 2. Madisha, 3. Nascimento, 5. Lebusa, 16. Ngcongca, 15. Jali, 13. Mabunda, 18. Zwane, 27. Morena, 10. Sirino, 11. Vilakazi.

Subs: 1. Mweene, 4. Langerman, 6. Arendse, 17. Mahlambi, 21. Mkhulise, 23. Meza, 25. Maboe.


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