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CAF Champions League

Mamelodi Sundowns brushed CR Belouizdad aside with a 5-1 victory to claim back-to-back wins in Group B of the CAF Champions League on Sunday afternoon.

Masandawana showed face with Peter Shalulile and Themba Zwane leading the line, with Kermit Erasmus and recent signing Rushine De Reuck named on the substitutes bench.

The Brazilians made the best start two minutes in when Zwane saw his attempt handled on the goal-line, resulting in a straight red card for Chouaib Keddad, as Zwane stepped up to convert the opener.

Rivaldo Coetzee hoped to spring Masandawana to a second in the midway stage with a brilliant switch of play to Thapelo Morena, but Belouizdad quickly averted the threat.

Belouizdad came up strongly following a slow start and brought goalkeeper Denis Onyango to work ten minutes before halftime with a smart attempt from Rayen Hais Benderrouaya.

The host levelled a minute before halftime when Amir Sayoud made the most of a good supply to find the back of the net.

A goalkeeping change from the Brazilians ahead of the restart saw Onyango making way for Kennedy Mweene.

Sundowns restored the lead two minutes from the break through a towering header from Shalulile following a corner-kick by Lyle Lakay.

It was three for the South African champions on 55 minutes gone after Zwane met a ball from Gaston Sirino to apply a delicate dink past their opposite number.

Belouizdad seeked a way back with moves in and around the defensive third, but the Brazilians dropped back to avert. As a result, Lebohang Maboe took initiative from a well-worked build-up 15 minutes from time to hand Masandawana a fourth.

With De Reuck introduced in the last eight minutes for his debut, Sundowns added a fifth through substitute Erasmus following a goalkeeping error to bring the clash to a close.

Confirmed line-ups:

Sundowns: Onyango, Nascimento, Lebusa, Lakay, Coetzee, Morena, Mkhulise, Maboe, Sirino, Zwane, Shalulile.

Subs: Mweene, Erasmus, Jali, Mvala, Kapinga, Modiba, De Reuck

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