- Mamelodi Sundowns have restarted their CAF Champions League campaign with a 2-1 win over AS Port Togo in Pretoria
- Sundowns have moved from the bottom of the log in Group C to second
- Gaston Sirino and Sibusiso Vilakazi scored what would be the winning goals within the first 20 minutes of the match
Mamelodi Sundowns have gotten their stuttering 2018 CAF Champions League campaign back on track by executing a well-deserved 2-1 win against AS Port Togo at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria.
The Brazilians as they are affectionately known to their fans have now moved back to second in Group C of the competition after languishing in last position. The 2016 CAF champions suffered a shock defeat to Port Togo in the first leg of their encounter.
Mamelodi got off to a rocket start in the match. Gaston Sirino scored the first goal in the tenth minute and was followed shortly thereafter by a goal from Sibusiso Vilakazi.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Jeremy Brockie came close to scoring on a couple of occasions and will probably feel like he is finally hitting the kind of form which led to his high-profile signing in January.
Sport24.com reported that Port Togo scored their goal in the closing moments of the match. Worryingly for coach Pitso Mosimane, it looked like his players had assumed that the match was done and dusted and had switched off. This led to the goal and could have been costlier against a stronger side.
Mosimane said the win came as a relief for the entire club. He admitted that nothing other than a win would have been good enough.
Mosimane was less impressed with the last-gasp goal from the opposition and said it was something he would address with the players. He added that the team had not taken all of its chances and could easily have scored two more goals.
The club and its supporters will hope that the final two games of the group will go as planned and allow Sundowns to remain second in the group which will be enough to qualify for the quarter-finals of the tournament.
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