2018 CAF Champions League: AS Togo-Port 1-0 Mamelodi Sundowns - As it happened

2018 CAF Champions League: AS Togo-Port 1-0 Mamelodi Sundowns - As it happened
Sibusiso Vilakazi of Mamelodi Sundowns clears ball from Cheick Ibrahim Comara 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 Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Jul 17, 2018. 16:51

Welcome to as-it-happened coverage of the 2018 CAF Champions League Group C match between AS Togo-Port and Mamelodi Sundowns from the Municipal Stadium in Lome.


AS Togo-Port: Klomegan Ayao, Abdoul Bode, Ablamvi Djadja, Efoe Novon, Ayi Hunlede, Aboubacar Sangare, Koidjo Sewonou, Fousseni Yacoubou, Komla Kove, Abdoul Ibrahim, Hudu Yakubu

Mamelodi Sundowns: Dennis Onyango, Anele Ngcongca, Ricardo Nascimento, Wayne Arendse, Tebogo Langerman, Thapelo Morena, Hlompho Kekana, Oupa Manyisa, Andile Jali, Themba Zwane, Sibusiso Vilakazi

Commentary (press F5 to refresh)
All times CAT

90+4' - Full time - There's the final whistle, Togo-Port claim a 1-0 win! They move up to third place on Group C with three points, while Sundowns drop to the bottom after a third winless match.

90+3' - Togo-Port have seen this out very well, Sundowns cannot build any momentum or pressure.

90+1' - There will be four minutes of added time.

90' - Hunlede bursts through on the counter attack, but he shows too much of the ball to Onyango, who comes off his line to smother.

89' - Yellow card - Ibrahim cautioned for time wasting.

88' - Ayao smothers a loose pass and takes his time to get up. The hosts using some gamesmanship to try and see out this game now.

86' - Substitution - Morena makes way for Anthony Laffor in Sundowns' final change.

83' - Morena again shoots from range, but it's no trouble for the Togo-Port goalkeeper.

81' - Substitution - Kokou Kloupko replaces Sangare for the hosts.

79' - Langerman shoots on target direct from a free kick, but Ayao punches it clear. Another chance for the left-back from a follow-up corner, but he hits the outside of the post!

78' - Substitution - Aubrey Ngoma replaces Zwane for Sundowns.

76' - Substitution - Koukou Koussaglo replaces Sewonou in Togo-Port's first change.

73' - Great chance for Sundowns, Vilakazi plays a quick one-two and goes through on goal, but he'd denied from a tight angle by the 'keeper!

70' - Twenty minutes to play, can the Brazilians find a way back into this game?

67' - Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane looks a frustrated figure on the sidelines, his team has been unable to go up through the gears.

64' - Morena tries his luck from long range, but the ball flies high and wide of the mark.

61' - Past the hour mark, Togo-Port continue to lead 1-0. Elsewhere Etoile are still 2-0 up away to Swallows, while Mazembe v MCA and Zesco v Primeiro remain goalless.

58' - Sangare with a powerful run down the left flank, but he's eventually outnumbered by yellow shirts.

56' - Sundowns looking fluid in attack as they search for a way back into the game, but they are leaving themselves somewhat exposed in defence.

52' - Togo-Port with a great chance to make it 2-0 as Bode plays in a low ball from the right, but it's missed by Sewonou!

48' - Jali with a long-range effort but it's well saved by Ayao! He fumbles a cross seconds later, but Togo-Port get the ball clear eventually.

46' - Sekotlong with a great chance to equalise, but he's denied from a tight angle by Ayao!

46' - Substitution - Back underway in the second half. Sundowns have made a change by sending on Thokozani Sekotlong in place of Kekana.

45+1' - Half time - AS Togo-Port recovered from a tentative start to lead 1-0 at the break. Sundowns will need to show more incisiveness and speed in attack if they are to get back into this game.

45' - There will be one minute of added time.

41' - Really poor defending from Sundowns, they weren't wise to the danger and simply stood and appealed in vain for offside while Hunlede picked out a spot in the back of the net.

40' - GOAL! Togo-Port 1-0 Sundowns - A bizarre goal! The Sundowns defence all stand still as a ball is deflected and falls kindly for Hunlede, who fires it past Onyango to put the hosts ahead!

37' - News from other ongoing CAF Champions League matches: Etoile du Sahel have a 2-0 lead away to Mbabane Swallows, while the TP Mazembe v MC Alger and Zesco United v Primeiro Agosto games are goalless. All three kicked off the same time as this match in Lome.

34' - Chance for Sundowns with Langerman down the left, but he sends his low shot into the side netting.

32' - Yellow card - Now it's Kekana's turn to be booked, having dragged down Bode in midfield.

31' - Yellow card - Yakubu hauls down Morena in the 'D' of the box and receives a caution. Just a few more steps and it would have been a penalty...

28' - Great passing from Sundowns, Kekana puts Manyisa in with a sight of goal on the left of the penalty area, but he delays his shot and is then denied from a tight angle by the 'keeper.

26' - Goalkeeper Ayao with a ropey clearance from a back-pass, but he gets away with it.

24' - Past the midway point of the first half, still goalless in Lome between Togo-Port and Sundowns.

21' - Vilakazi looks to play Morena in on goal, but Ayao comes quickly off his line to smother the ball.

19' - Vilakazi thinks he's in on goal, but the offside flag is up. Still, Togo-Port are playing a high line and 'Downs will fancy their chances of getting in behind...

18' - The Togolese hosts have settled down nicely now and are beginning to pin Sundowns back. Djadja lets fly from long range, but it's straight into the arms of Onyango.

14' - Out of nowhere the hosts open up Sundowns' defence down the right wing and Yakubu is denied one-on-one by goalkeeper Onyango!

13' - Togo-Port's first attack of note ends in disappointment as Sangare can't pick out a good pass for striker Hunlede.

11' - Vilakazi with a great chance to play a cross into the danger area from the right by-line, but he allows the ball to run out of play. Nonetheless, Sundowns looking much the stronger team in the early stages.

8' - The corner is flapped at by goalkeeper Ayao, but the hosts do just enough to clear the danger.

7' - Vilakazi's beats the Togo-Port 'keeper to Morena's ball over the top, but cant't quite get enough on his effort to force it into goal. Corner to the South African team.

4' - Jali tries a shot from outside the box but slices his effort well wide. 'Downs looking full of attacking intent early on.

1' - Kick-off - We are underway in Lome! Togo-Port wear all-white with blue trim, while Sundowns are in yellow and blue.

14h55 - The teams are out on the pitch, kick-off is just a few minutes away.

14h45 - The referee for this match in Lome is Tunisian Youssef Essrayri. The other Group C match today sees Horoya hosy Wydad Casablanca in Conakry at 18h00 CAT.

14h30 - Half an hour to kick-off. Sundowns are chasing their first win in the group stage, while Togo-Port would be happy just to get themselves on the board after back-to-back losses at the hands of Horoya and Wydad Casablanca.

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