2017 CAF CL: Mamelodi Sundowns 1-1 AS Vita - As it happened

2017 CAF CL: Mamelodi Sundowns 1-1 AS Vita - As it happened
Leonardo Castro of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates a goal with teammates ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Sunday Jul 09, 2017. 20:49

Good evening and welcome to coverage of the 2017 CAF Champions League Group C match between Mamelodi Sundowns and AS Vita from the Lucas Moripe Stadium, on Sunday 9 July.

Match Commentary

90+4' - Full time - It ends 1-1, a disappointing result for Sundowns, but they advance into the quarterfinals alongside Group C winners Esperance de Tunis.

90+2' - Basisila sent on  by AS Vita as they make another substitution.

90+1' - Soumahoro with a long-range volley, but Bongaman is there once again to make the save.

88' - Closing in on the end of regulation time, this one looks like ending in a draw.

84' - Castro comes off the bench to boost Sundowns' attack.

83' - Half a chance for Vita, but Madisha and Mweene get the ball clear, before Nthethe is almost caught out by a low cross from the right.

82' - Mohomi replaces Mbekile in midfield for 'Downs, as they look to reassert themselves.

79' - That's because Esperance remain 2-0 up against Saint George and will top the group with 12 points.

78' - The Brazilians will be disappointed to draw this game (if it does indeed end in a draw), but it will make no real difference to their quarterfinal advancement.

73' - Sundowns fail to clear from a long throw-in and Atouba cracks home a volley to make it 1-1! Superb finish!

69' - AS Vita almost level through Atouba, whose left-footed effort bounces off the top of the angle between post and crossbar.

65' - Laffor and Zakri with efforts on goal, before Vilakazi is brought down in the box, only for the referee to wave away appeals for a penalty.

62' - Vilakazi powers into the box down the left side, but his cross-shot is deflected and cleared to safety.

60' - Up to the hour mark in Tshwane, Nthethe's first-half goal remains the difference between the teams.

56' - Esperance remain 2-0 up at home to Saint George in the other Group C match. A things stand they'll top the pool ahead of 'Downs.

53' - Hachi tees up Tau, who fires on goal with the left foot and Bongaman makes another fine save to keep it at 1-0!

48' - Zakri almost with a scoring chance in the middle of the box, but a Vita defender does just enough to touch the ball away him.

46' - Back underway in the second half, ASV has made a change by replacing Sidibde with Batezadio.

45' - Half time - The Brazilians lead 1-0 at the break, probably a fair reflection of the game thus far.

43' - Closing in on half time, Sundowns lead 1-0. But they're unlikely to top the group, as Esperance lead 2-0 in he concurrent game in Tunisia.

38' - Zakri looks to make it 2-0 but slices his shot wide of the mark. All Sundowns at the moment...

35' - GOAL! Sundowns 1-0 ASV - Morena with a superb pass to pick out Nthethe, who coolly slips a shot past Bongaman to make it 1-0 to the Brazilians!

31' - Hachi whips in a cross after a corner is worked short, Nthethe gets a head to the ball but can't direct it on target.

27' - Hachi with some solid defending as ASV look to break down the right flank. Zakri then excites the crowd with a beautiful piece of skill.

23' - Midway through the first half, neither side has really established a clear dominance.

18' - Bongaman with a fine punch away as Sundowns fire a free kick into the ASV penalty area.

16' - Past the quarter hour mark, still goalless here in Tshwane, while the other Group C match between Esperance and Saint George is also locked at 0-0.

12' - A corner for ASV ends with Agiti getting a head on target, but Mweene makes a solid save.

7' - AS Vita with a solid spell of possession, getting a foothold in the game.

4' - Early chance for Tau, who is denied from close range by ASV goalkeeper Bongaman!

3' - Early possession for 'Downs, who are hoping to claim a win and climb to the top of the log.

1' - We are underway in Tshwane, Sundowns wear their traditional yellow, blue and white, AS Vita are in bright green and black.

18h50 - AS Vita's line-up: Bongaman, Bangala, Omba, Traore, Muzinga, Botuli, Sidibe, Atouba, Dido, Muzungu, Agiti

18h40 - Twenty minutes to kick-off, here's the Sundowns line-up: Mweene, Morena, Nthethe, Madisha, Hachi, Soumahoro, Mbekile, Vilakazi, Laffor, Zakri, Tau.

18h30 - There's not much at stake in this game, as Sundowns and group leaders Esperance de Tunis have already advanced. It's only a case of seeing who finishes top and therefore has the more favourable quarterfinal position.

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