CAF Champions League Mamelodi Sundowns vs AC Leopards
Posted: 12 March 2016 Time: 19:45
Mamelodi Sundowns secured a 2-0 victory over AC Leopards in their CAF Champions League first-round clash at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday night.
Pitso Mosimane named his strongest line-up, featuring star trio Leonardo Castro, Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly, while Bangaly Soumahoro slotted in in central defence to accomodate Teko Modise alongside Hlompho Kekana in midfield.
Sundowns dominated the possession throughout the first half and had a couple of early openings as Billiat shot just wide in a good position and Castro also fired a good shot on the turn just past the upright.
Modise struck the woodwork with a solid left-footed shot from the edge of the area in the 29th minute, rattling the crossbar before the ball came back to Castro who was unable to beat Ngoe in the Leopards goal.
But Dolly produced a moment of brilliance in the 45th minute to give Pitso Mosimane's side a deserved lead, picking up a loose ball outside the box and stylishly bending a left-footed shot into the top-left corner. Fabulous technique.
Sundowns picked up where they left off at the start of the second half and went 2-0 up with another excellent long-range strike, this time Castro receiving a clever aerial back-flick from Billiat before composing himself and unleashing a dipping, left-footed shot into the top-left corner.
Downs could have gone 3-0 up in the 87th minute when Billiat was clattered on the edge of the area by goalkeeper Herve Lomboto, who was shown a straight red card for the challenge following a great long-ball from Denis Onyango.
However, substitute Anthony Laffor missed the penalty as new keeper Winstone Kalengo saved his attempt, which was not sweetly struck.
Sundowns: Onyango, Mbekile (S Zwane 58'), Arendse, Soumahoro, Langerman, Kekana, Modise, Mashaba, Dolly, Billiat (Laffor 82'), Castro (T Zwane 67')