MATCH CENTRE

SAT 14 MARCH 2015, 19:00, SUPER STADIUM

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Sundowns beat 10-man Mazembe

by Bertin Basson

Sat March 14, 21:05

Mamelodi Sundowns beat 10-man TP Mazembe 1-0 in a 2015 CAF Champions League first round, first leg encounter played at Loftus Stadium on Saturday.

Khama Billiat's goal four minutes from time handing 'Downs the advantage, Kabaso Chongo saw red for the visitors three minutes before the break.

The game got off the a lively start with either side trying their luck from range. Roger Assale sent his powerful effort over Onyango's crossbar before Tebogo Langerman forced Roger Kidiaba into a diving save.

Billiat enjoyed a lively game for the hosts, terrorizing the Mazembe defence at every opportunity.

The Zimbabwean trickster saw his tame header fly wide of goal before Themba Zwane directed his long range attempt inches wide of Kidiaba's right hand post just after the half-hour mark.

With both teams eager to gain a positive result a moment of controversy never felt foo far away and that is what the game conjured up in the 42nd minute.

Chongo sent for an early shower for his robust tackle on Anthony Laffor to the surprise of Patrice Carteron and his troops, who were enraged by the decision.

Sundowns dominated proceedings after the break with Pitso Mosimane's men pushing forward in search of the opener.

Teko Modise, Cuthbert Malajila and Anthony Laffor tried their luck for the Brazilians, but didn't really test Kidiaba, who at 39 years of age still looked as lively as ever.

Despite their man disadvantage Mazembe had their chances, with Denis Onyango quick off his line to save at Roger Assale's feet in the 57th minute.

Sundowns finally found the opening goal in the 86th minute, Billiat netting what could prove to be a very important goal for the Chloorkop-based side.

Modise's long range effort deflected into the path of the Zimbabwean, whose first-time strike left Kidiaba with no chance.

The return leg will be played in Lubumbashi on the 4th of April.

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
MAMELODI SUNDOWNS TP MAZEMBE
Goalkeeper
36
Goalkeeper
21
Goalkeeper
1
1
Goalkeeper
0
Defender
29
Goalkeeper
40
Defender
4
Defender
17
Defender
24
Defender
24
Defender
3
Defender
33
Defender
2
Defender
31
Defender
14
16
5
Defender
0
Defender
12
Defender
26
27
Defender
21
Defender
6
Defender
4
Midfielder
3
Defender
2
Midfielder
19
Defender
6
Midfielder
23
Midfielder
28
Midfielder
22
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
26
Midfielder
34
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
15
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
7
Forward/Striker
15
Midfielder
3
Forward/Striker
25
Midfielder
8
Forward/Striker
9
Midfielder
20
Forward/Striker
17
Midfielder
43
Forward/Striker
16
Midfielder
23
Forward/Striker
20
Midfielder
22
Forward/Striker
28
Midfielder
11
Forward/Striker
7
Midfielder
19
Midfielder
35
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
33
Forward/Striker
27
Forward/Striker
53
Forward/Striker
29
Forward/Striker
25
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