CAF Champions League report: AC Leopards vs Mamelodi Sundowns
Posted: 19 March 2016 Time: 15:17
Mamelodi Sundowns put in a professional display in Dolisie to claim a 1-1 draw and 3-1 aggregate victory over AC Leopards in the CAF Champions League.
Pitso Mosimane's side are now through to the second round of the qualification process as they target the group stages of Africa's elite club competition.
Hlompho Kekana scored an early goal in Dolisie in front of a big and noisy crowd, cracking a piledriver from 35 yards out to give the Brazilians the ascendency.
Leopards' goalkeeper was also fortunate to only concede a free-kick in the 19th minute when he came charging out and handled the ball outside the area with Khama Billiat through on goal.
Three goals to the good, Downs defended deeper in the second half and soaked up the Leopards pressure, with Thabo Nthethe putting in a commanding display as Pitso Mosimane's side looked to play on the break.
As the time ticked down and Leopards upped the ante, they were awarded a dubious penalty in the 89th minute and beat Denis Onyango from the spot, but it was too little too late for the hosts.
There were a few stoppages for injuries during a very physical match – including to Leonardo Castro who had to go off in the 32nd minute for Cuthbert Malajila after failing to recover from a knock – but the officials did not show any injury time indication at the end of the second half.
The referee played more than 10 minutes of added time at the end of the match before blowing the final whistle.
Mamelodi Sundowns: Onyango, S Zwane (Mbekile 71'), Nthethe, Arendse, Langerman, Soumahoro, Kekana (Moriri 86'), Mashaba, Billiat, Dolly, Castro (Malajila 32')