Thrilling Saturday in CAF Champions League

Thrilling Saturday in CAF Champions League
Mosa Lebusa of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates goal with teammates during the CAF Champions League match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Al Hilal SC on the 13 February 2020 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Saturday Feb 13, 2021. 21:32

It was an exciting Saturday in the CAF Champions League with seven goals scored across four games as Esperance de Tunis, Horoya and Mamelodi Sundowns all registered wins.

The day started with Tunisia’s Esperance coming from a goal behind to beat Senegal’s Teungueth 2-1 in a Group D match at the Stade Olympique de Rades.

Victory moved the Tunisian giants up to top spot on the group with three points, two more than both Zamalek and MC Alger who played out to a 0-0 draw in Cairo on Friday evening.

Teungueth opened the scoring in the 33rd minute when Paul Bassene teed up Gambian winger Gibril Sillah who converted from close range, 1-0. The home side were able to level matters on the stroke of half time following a penalty goal from Taha Yassine Khenissi, 1-1.

The Blood and Gold made it six wins on the trot in all competitions as Basit Abdul Khalid provided the desired impact off the bench. The Ghanian forward headed Mohamed Ben Romdhane’s cross into the back of the net in the 74th minute to complete the comeback win for the hosts, 2-1.

The second afternoon game in the Champions League on Saturday produced a dull 0-0 draw in Group B between TP Mazembe and CR Belouizdad at the Stade du TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi.

The first of the evening games on Saturday was another Group B clash as Mamelodi Sundowns beat Al-Hilal Omdurman 2-0 at Loftus Versfeld.

The result leaves Sundowns at the top of Group B on three points followed by TP Mazembe and CR Belouizdad on a point a piece.

It was a solid performance from the South African side who took the lead as early as the 10th minute when Mosa Lebusa met a Lyle Lakay cross with a scorching header that found the back of the net, 1-0.

The Brazilians controlled the rest of the match, but were only able to find their second goal in the 90th minute courtesy of Kermit Erasmus, 2-0.

The final game on Saturday saw Horoya beat a ten-man Petro de Luanda 2-0 in a Group C match at the General Lansana Conte Stadium.

Petro only have their ill-discipline to blame for the loss after conceding a penalty in the 36th minute, which was converted by Dramane Nikiema, before they were reduced to ten men on the stroke of half time after a second yellow card for Joaquim Adao.

The second half saw Horoya dominate play, but for all their possession they really struggled in the final third of the field. Finally, in the 85th minute they made their pressure tell with a second goal from Yakhouba Barry.

The result sees Horoya top Group C with Kaizer Chiefs and WAC Casablanca yet to play each other.

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