Mamelodi Sundowns through to the CAF CL group stages

Mamelodi Sundowns eased past Al Ahli Benghazi 4-0 in the return-leg of the CAF Champions League first round to seal a group stage spot.

The dominance from an attacking sense was re-stamped from the get go, with the earlier chances in front of goal falling to the home side.

Liberian Anthony Laffor, who started off the bench in the reverse fixture, was afforded space on the right and he used it to have shot at goal which was palmed away inside five minutes.
A good cross inside the box by Gaston Sirino picked out Jeremy Brockie, but the New Zealander couldn’t make it count with the net gaping inside 13 minutes.
Brazilian-born Ricardo Nascimento thought he had handed the hosts the lead after a cross into the box, but he was kept out by solid goalkeeping.
Sundowns were finally rewarded five minutes later when Sirino pushed ahead of the defence to tap home a well-laid cross by Laffor.
The tails were up for Downs as Laffor closed in on a second, but after a well-timed run into the box, the former Jomo Cosmos and SuperSport United shot over the top after cutting inside the defence.

Benghazi entered the second half on a more promising note, pinning the visitors on the back-foot in the earlier moments.

Five minutes from the break, the Brazilians made it 3-0 after Laffor brought down Lebohang Maboe’s pass to finish into the bottom corner.

Downs were now taking full flight as Sirino weaved through the Ahli defence to beat four individuals in the process before shaving the top corner of the net with a wide execution on 60 minutes.

Venezuelan Jose Ali Meza was recalled from the bench for Brockie, and after a few threatening moves, was soon rewarded.

With nine minutes to full time, Meza earned his stripes after running onto a loose pass before holding off two defenders to find the bottom corner.

The race was now certainly run for the Libyans, with Downs pulling clear whist their frustration to get a look in continued.

In the end, the Tshwane giants ran out resounding victors on the back of a solid second-leg display to march into the group stages of the competition.


Sundowns: Mweene, Lakay, Nascimento, Arendse, Morena, Mabunda, Kekana, Maboe, Sirino, Laffor, Brockie.

Subs: Pieterse, Meza, Langerman, Mahlambi, Manyisa, Madisha, Silva.

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