Percy Tau of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrating his goal during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between Free State Stars and Mamelodi Sundowns at Goble Park, Bethlehem on 11 September 2017 © Frikkie Kapp/BackpagePix
Sunday Sep 17, 2017. 16:56
Good afternoon and welcome to our live PBP coverage of the 2017 CAF Champions League first-leg quarterfinal clash between Mamelodi Sundowns and Wydad Casablanca, from the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville.
Mamelodi Sundowns: Onyango; Morena, Arendse, Madisha (Soumahoro 82′), Langerman – Kekana, Manyisa, Vilakazi (Zakri 46′) – Zwane, Tau, Castro (Nthethe 87′)
Wydad Casablanca: Laaroubi; Noussir, Rabeh, Atouchi, Gaddarine, El Haddad (Khadrouf 78′), Nekach, Saidi, Ait Ben Idir (El Kaeti 67′), Nicaise Daho, Ounnajem
AS IT HAPPENED UPDATES:
Advantage Sundowns, the second-leg will take place at the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca next Saturday, 23 September.
90+5′ Full-Time: Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 Wydad Casablanca – (Zakri 71′)
90+2′ Heated end to the half with Ounnajem and Mosimane almost coming to blows! Wydad technical team quick to rush over to the scene, but the referee is quick to calm things down.
90′ Three minutes added.
87′ Mosimane shutting up shop as he pulls Castro off for Nthethe. Sundowns starting to slow things down as they aim to see out the rest of the game without conceding.
80′ Into the final 10 minutes we go in Atteridgeville – Sundowns will be more than happy with the scoreline.
76′ Kekana has another pop from range, but his attempt flies wide of goal. A second would really put the Brazilians in the driving seat heading to Casablanca.
71′ GOAL! Zakri guides home from close range following a well worked corner-kick routine – great touch by Themba Zwane on the byline to set up the Ivorian who makes no mistake.
67′ CHANCE! Golden opportunity for Wayne Arendse to open the scoring as the ball finds him from a free-kick, but he centre back is static with the ball hitting him more than anything – easy for Laaroubi in the end.
65′ Kekana starting to find a lot of space in the middle of the park – up to the midfielder now to capitalize, but in all fairness to the Sundowns captain he has not been at his best this afternoon.
60′ Sundowns ramping up the pressure in Atteridgeville, but the Moroccans are holding on for the time being.
55′ CHANCE! Thapelo Morena ghosts into the area, but is blocked by the Wydad defence. The hosts starting to find their rhythm.
51′ Positive start to the half by the Brazilians as Percy Tau tries his luck from range – ball flies wide, but Mosimane will be happy with the intent.
46′ Attacking intent by Pitso Mosiamane who swaps Themba Zwane with Yannick Zakri at the start of the second stanza.
45+2′ Half-Time: Mamelodi Sundowns 0-0 Wydad Casablanca
45′ Two minutes added to the half.
43′ Four successive corner-kick’s here for Wydad who are ending the half on the front foot. Good defending, though, by the Brazilians who clear their lines – finally!
39′ Sundowns starting to find gaps in the Wydad defence – the hosts will need be patient here.
33′ Nervy moment at the back for Sundowns as Mohamed Ounnajem takes a tumble in the box – lucky for the Brazilians who look vulnerable whenever Wydad win possession.
30′ Half-Hour played in Atteridgeville and still little to right home about with Wydad keeping Sundowns at arms length thus far. 11 red shirts in their own half, frustrating the Brazilians.
25′ Wydad happy to sit back and welcome pressure from their hosts. The Moroccans hoping to capitalize on counter-attacks and set-piece opportunists.
20′ Nothing between the two side’s thus far. Sundowns fans starting to find their voice in the stands. Pitso Mosimane, though, will take this scoreline to Casablanca!
13′ Kekana’s shot remains the only notable attempt at goal thus far. Wydad, though, are growing into the game and Onyango is called into action to tip Saidi’s cross-come-shot over the crossbar.
8′ GOAL! No… That looked to have rattled the back of the net – Hlompho Kekana’s rocket fools everyone in the stadium – including the journalists, but his attempt is just wide. CLOSE!
4′ Conservative start to the game by the visitors in what is the first meeting between the two side’s. Early chants of ‘Accccceee’ every time Oupa Manyisa is on the ball.
– A lot of yellow out in the stands this afternoon, as the defending champions host the Moroccan league holders.