Sundowns fail to beat Wydad

Sundowns fail to beat Wydad
Leandro Sirino of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Mohammed Nahiri of Wydad during the 2018 CAF Champions League match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Wydad at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville on 05 May 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday May 06, 2018. 09:00

Mamelodi Sundowns started their CAF Champions League, Group C campaign on a poor note note after playing to a 1-1 draw against Wydad Casablanca at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday night.

In the wake of the stalemate, the visitors now occupy the second spot with one point from a single match in the group.

The Brazilians had a bright start and were on the front foot from the onset as the netted as early as the third minute when a shot from Khama Billiat was blocked, but Sibusiso Vilakazi bundled the ball home off Gaddarine for an own goal.

Wydad fought hard for a response and were dealt a huge blow when Naim Aarab was replaced by Amine Attouchi in the 13th minute due to injury.

Still, in the 20th minute the visitors found an equaliser when Ismail El-Haddad fired home to make it 1-1.

In rhe 35th minute Brahim Nekkach ran behind the defence following a through ball to go one-on-one with Denis Onyango, but he blasted into the stands.

It was 1-1 at half time.

In the second stanza chances on goal were few and far between andthe consequently the match ended all-square.

The Brazilians now sit third in the group with one point after a single encounter in the group stages.

Mamelodi Sundowns: (1) 1 (Gaddarine 3’)
Wydad Casablanca: (1) 1 (El Hadad 20’)

Mamelodi Sundowns: Onyango, Langerman, Nascimento, Madisha, Morena, Mabunda, Kekana, Zwane, Vilakazi, Sirino, Billiat

Wydad Casablanca: El Kharroubi, Gadarine, Nahiri, Attouchi (Narab 13’) , Comara, Saidi, Ibrahim Nekkach, Mohamed Ounnajem (Ounajem 74’), El Karti, El Haddad, Tighazoui (Quintana 87’)

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