Williams penalty save keeps Sundowns unbeaten run intact

A 1-1 draw between Mamelodi Sundowns and Al-Hilal within the Caf Champions League signifies that Hilal can have all to do in opposition to Al-Ahly within the ultimate recreation of Group B as either side nonetheless stand an opportunity to advance to the knockout levels.

A win for Florent Ibenge’s aspect in opposition to Sundowns would have been sufficient to see them be part of the likes of Esperance, CR Belouizdad and Raja Casablanca who’ve, alongside Masandawana, who’ve certified for the quarterfinals.

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Al-Hilal are on 10 factors whereas The Purple Devils sit on seven factors. The reverse fixture noticed Hilal successful 1-0 at residence, leaving the head-to-head rule in favour of the file holders, who will host Hilal and have an opportunity to higher the Sudanese aspect’s 1-0 win.

Ronwen Williams made a stoppage time penalty save to make it possible for Sundowns unbeaten run since October remains to be intact. Athar El Tahir took the spot kick after Brian Onyango fouled Yasir Mohamed within the field.

Earlier than that, the sport was quite boring within the opening stanza, with probabilities few and much in between. A few of Sundowns alternatives fell to Marcelo Allende, who was discovered by Modiba within the 14th minute however the Chile worldwide’s try was large off the mark.

Teboho Mokoena had a few probabilities falling down his path and he tried to catch the goalkeeper off his line with a protracted vary shot within the twenty eighth minute, however the Bafana Bafana worldwide’s effort didn’t keep heading in the right direction.

He stood over the ball within the hour mark as Sundowns got a freekick able and distance just like that which he beat Al-Ahly goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy final weekend in Pretoria. Nevertheless, Mokoena couldn’t get the ball over the wall.

Aubrey Modiba regarded like he was too formidable when he went straight for objective within the 68th minute when Sundowns bought a freekick from a ways from the objective posts. Modiba’s shot was stinging and goalkeeper Ali Abdullah couldn’t maintain on to it, leaving it to Khuliso Mudau to attain from the rebound to present Sundowns the lead.

It didn’t take lengthy for the hosts to search out the equalizer as skipper Mohamed Raman netted within the 72nd minute, a lot to the annoyance of Sundowns because it was an error that led to the goalkeeper.

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Williams performed a brief ball to Mothobi Mvala within the restart and build-up play, however Raman was fast sufficient to intercept Mvala’s return cross to Williams as he rattled the again of the online to deliver some hope to his aspect.

Sundowns lead the group with 11 factors and can host Cotonsport of their ultimate group match in about two weeks time.