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CAF Champions League Review: Sundowns Book Quarters Spot, Wydad Edge Closer

Moroccan giants Wydad Casablanca and South Africa champions Mamelodi Sundowns preserved their 100 % record as they claimed full control of their respective groups in the 2020-21 African Champions League.

Horoya AC made Wydad Casablanca work to maintain their unbeaten record in Group C but Ayoub El Kaabi and substitute Simon Msuva struck for the two-time African champions.

Kaabi scored his third consecutive group stage goal with an audacious bicycle kick on the 19th minuteafter being picked out from a Walid El Karti cross from outside the box.

Tanzanian import Msuva sealed the win in the 89th minute after being set up by El Kaabi as Wydad completed their third consecutive clean sheet.

In Johannesburg, Kaizer Chiefs ended their eight-game winless streak in all competitions to bag their first win in the Champions League’s group stage after defeating Petro de Luanda 2-0 at the FNB Stadium.

On the stroke of the half-an-hour mark, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo sent a delightful corner-kick which Eric Mathoho headed home with ease.

The Amakhosi scored their second on the 79minute when Happy Mashiane won the ball outside the box, raced to the edge before curling the ball into the bottom corner with his weak right foot.

In Group B, Mamelodi Sundowns  booked a quarter-final spot after storming to a 2-1 over TP Mazembe away in Lumbubashi.

It took sixty-eight minutes for Masandawana to grab the lead as Peter Shalulile beat the keeper at close range for the opener.

The Ravens got the equalizer as substitute Tresor Mputu beat Onyango to make the score 1-1 in the last seven minutes of the game.

Lyle Lakay then sealed the win in the 90th minute, slotting in freekick past the keeper, giving Downs their first away victory against TP Mazembe.

CR Belouizdad missed a chance to ignite African Champions League campaign after they were held to a a 1-1 draw by Al Hilal Omdurman match at Stade du 5 Juillet 1962 in the other Group B match played on Friday evening.

Al Hilal opened the scoring as early as the third minute when Mohamed Abdel Raman Yousif hit the back of the net before Benin forward Marcellin Koukpo leveled matters on the cusp of half-time with a back-heel finish.

Zamalek’s hopes of making to the quarter-finals of African Champions League were put of jeopardy after suffering a 3-1 defeat away to Esperance du Tunis.

Esperance went ahead after 26 minutes when William Togui thumped home from inside the box as Ahmed Aboul-Fotouh leveled the matters on the 40th minute with a powerful shot.

The Blood and Gold retained their lead four minutes later from the spot courtesy of Ali Ben Romdhane before wrapping up the win seven minutes into the second period after finishing off a breakaway.

Algeria giants MC Alger got their first win in Group D after getting past debutants Teungueth 1-0 in Thies, Senegal.

The Mouloudians scored the only goal of the game in the 13th minute through Abdenour Belkheir.

In Group A, Simba SC maintained their top spot on the log after clawing point of Sudanese giants El Merreikh.

The Tanzanian side had won both their opening matches while Merrikh picked up their first point of the group phase, but remain stuck at the bottom.

The group’s other clash holders Al Ahly played to a 2-2 draw in a spectacle match that was played at Cairo International Stadium.

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