SAT 13 MAY 2017, 17:00,


Sundowns drop two points at home

by Graeme Jackson

Sat May 13, 19:00

Mamelodi Sundowns were held to a goalless draw by Saint George in their opening Group C match in the CAF Champions League on Saturday.

The match at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Tshwane saw the Brazilians drop two points in their defence of the continental title they won for the first time in 2016.

Pitso Mosimane’s side were looking to pick up a full haul of points to join Tunisia’s Esperance de Tunis at the top of the standings following their 3-1 win over AS Vita on Friday.

Sundowns threatened as a early as the fifth minute, with Khama Billiat forcing goalkeeper Robert Odongkara into a fine save with a powerful effort from long range.

That set the tone for much of the match: Sundowns dominated possession, created half-chances but were unable to find a way past the visitors’ Ugandan goal-minder, who certainly had a busy 90 minutes.

The defending champions looked to shuffle their pack in attack, with Yannick Zakri and Percy Tau replacing Anthony Laffor and Sibusiso Vilakazi around the hour mark, but they remained unable to breach Saint George’s defence.

The teams will return to action in a week and a half’s time, with Sundowns away to AS Vita on May 24, while Saint George will host Esperance the day before.

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