CAPE TOWN – Denis Onyango’s late howler has left Mamelodi Sundowns with a mountain to climb if they’re to progress to the CAF Champions League semi-finals after a nightmare night in Cairo.
Although trailing 1-0 resulting from a fantastic strike from Taher Mohamed in the twenty third minute, Masandwana have been nonetheless in management of this first-leg quarter-final on the Al-Salaam Stadium heading again to Tshwane subsequent week.
However, Oyango’s deadly mistake in the ultimate minute of the tie allowed Shalabi to double the house staff’s lead. The Red Devils will now journey with a treasured two-goal benefit to South Africa.
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It was an embarrassing error from the skilled Ugandan worldwide, who
mistimed an innocuous cross that left him floundering exterior his 18-yard field. Realising that he was not in a position to deal with the ball, Uyonga allowed the ball to bounce the place Shalabi was ready to pounce.
It actually was a story of the 2 goalkeepers with Al Ahly’s El Shanawy delivering a sparking efficiency to make sure the house staff didn’t concede an all-important away purpose.
Sundowns would actually be gutted with the general consequence for they have been the dominant drive all through the night. Not solely did the guests management the possession with Rivaldo Coetzee placing in one other sparking shift, however in addition they created probably the most clear minimize probabilities with out changing sadly.
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The majority of them really feel to striker Gift Motupa whose capacity to get away from his marker and rise above the Al Alhy defence proving to be a actual handful for the house staff.
Motupa had two golden probabilities inside fast succession in the primary half when his headers virtually put Sundowns in the lead. On the primary event the ball struck the submit, whereas the second was simply a few inches broad.
But such is the standard of the defending African champions that they require simply a sniff of a purpose to get on to the scoreboard. From the resultant purpose kick Pitso Mosimane’s staff launched an assault from deep with the ball finally discovering Taher Mohamed contained in the Sundowns’ field.
The Egyptian worldwide picked the ball up on the left flank earlier than chopping onto his proper foot and bending in a rasping drive into the highest nook that left Onyango with no probability.
Sundowns weren’t deterred with conceding inside the first quarter of the sport as they continued to press for the equaliser. Defender Mosa Lebusa had a probability to stage issues on the hour, however El Shanawy was as soon as once more there to maintain the Al Ahly purpose in tact.
The Al Ahly No 1, although, stored his greatest for later when he produced a glowing full-length diving save to disclaim a rasping shot from Motupa in the seventieth minute.
At that stage Sundowns would have been content material with a 1-0 reversal with the second-leg house tie nonetheless to come back subsequent week on the Lucas Moripe Stadium, however Onyango’s late error may now show deadly for the Brazilians.