Sunday Jul 09, 2017. 20:44
Good evening and welcome to coverage of the 2017 CAF Champions League Group C match between Mamelodi Sundowns and AS Vita from the Lucas Moripe Stadium, on Sunday 9 July.
90+4′ – Full time – It ends 1-1, a disappointing result for Sundowns, but they advance into the quarterfinals alongside Group C winners Esperance de Tunis.
90+2′ – Basisila sent on by AS Vita as they make another substitution.
90+1′ – Soumahoro with a long-range volley, but Bongaman is there once again to make the save.
88′ – Closing in on the end of regulation time, this one looks like ending in a draw.
84′ – Castro comes off the bench to boost Sundowns’ attack.
83′ – Half a chance for Vita, but Madisha and Mweene get the ball clear, before Nthethe is almost caught out by a low cross from the right.
82′ – Mohomi replaces Mbekile in midfield for ‘Downs, as they look to reassert themselves.
79′ – That’s because Esperance remain 2-0 up against Saint George and will top the group with 12 points.
78′ – The Brazilians will be disappointed to draw this game (if it does indeed end in a draw), but it will make no real difference to their quarterfinal advancement.
73′ – Sundowns fail to clear from a long throw-in and Atouba cracks home a volley to make it 1-1! Superb finish!
69′ – AS Vita almost level through Atouba, whose left-footed effort bounces off the top of the angle between post and crossbar.
65′ – Laffor and Zakri with efforts on goal, before Vilakazi is brought down in the box, only for the referee to wave away appeals for a penalty.
62′ – Vilakazi powers into the box down the left side, but his cross-shot is deflected and cleared to safety.
60′ – Up to the hour mark in Tshwane, Nthethe’s first-half goal remains the difference between the teams.
56′ – Esperance remain 2-0 up at home to Saint George in the other Group C match. A things stand they’ll top the pool ahead of ‘Downs.
53′ – Hachi tees up Tau, who fires on goal with the left foot and Bongaman makes another fine save to keep it at 1-0!
48′ – Zakri almost with a scoring chance in the middle of the box, but a Vita defender does just enough to touch the ball away him.
46′ – Back underway in the second half, ASV has made a change by replacing Sidibde with Batezadio.
45′ – Half time – The Brazilians lead 1-0 at the break, probably a fair reflection of the game thus far.
43′ – Closing in on half time, Sundowns lead 1-0. But they’re unlikely to top the group, as Esperance lead 2-0 in he concurrent game in Tunisia.
38′ – Zakri looks to make it 2-0 but slices his shot wide of the mark. All Sundowns at the moment…
35′ – GOAL! Sundowns 1-0 ASV – Morena with a superb pass to pick out Nthethe, who coolly slips a shot past Bongaman to make it 1-0 to the Brazilians!
31′ – Hachi whips in a cross after a corner is worked short, Nthethe gets a head to the ball but can’t direct it on target.
27′ – Hachi with some solid defending as ASV look to break down the right flank. Zakri then excites the crowd with a beautiful piece of skill.
23′ – Midway through the first half, neither side has really established a clear dominance.
18′ – Bongaman with a fine punch away as Sundowns fire a free kick into the ASV penalty area.
16′ – Past the quarter hour mark, still goalless here in Tshwane, while the other Group C match between Esperance and Saint George is also locked at 0-0.
12′ – A corner for ASV ends with Agiti getting a head on target, but Mweene makes a solid save.
7′ – AS Vita with a solid spell of possession, getting a foothold in the game.
4′ – Early chance for Tau, who is denied from close range by ASV goalkeeper Bongaman!
3′ – Early possession for ‘Downs, who are hoping to claim a win and climb to the top of the log.
1′ – We are underway in Tshwane, Sundowns wear their traditional yellow, blue and white, AS Vita are in bright green and black.
18h50 – AS Vita’s line-up: Bongaman, Bangala, Omba, Traore, Muzinga, Botuli, Sidibe, Atouba, Dido, Muzungu, Agiti
18h40 – Twenty minutes to kick-off, here’s the Sundowns line-up: Mweene, Morena, Nthethe, Madisha, Hachi, Soumahoro, Mbekile, Vilakazi, Laffor, Zakri, Tau.
18h30 – There’s not much at stake in this game, as Sundowns and group leaders Esperance de Tunis have already advanced. It’s only a case of seeing who finishes top and therefore has the more favourable quarterfinal position.