Mamelodi Sundowns bow out of the CAF Champions League race after settling for a 1-1 draw with Atlético Petroléos at the FNB Stadium on Saturday evening.
A second half Brian Onyango strike gave Masandawana the edge in the opening of the second half encounter. Moments later, Tiago Azulão put his team back in the game as the Angolans equalized after the referee’s VAR decision.
An early attack down the right saw Bafana Ba Style show intent to open the scoring and take the lead early in the mouth watering battle in front of a cheerful crowd in Soweto. Themba Zwane took the ball deep into the visitors’ territory and found Peter Shalulile in the box, Shalulile was tackled before he could put a fine shot at goal.
Masandawana bossed possession and camped out in their opponents’ half for most of the time. The best chance from this spell fell to Mshishi, the midfield maestro’s header went slightly over the top post. Petros goalie, Wellington Gomes was called into action to deny Shalulile’s attempt in the 20th minute with the Namibian’s attempt falling directly into the arms of the keeper.
Neo Maema got into the action and showed eagerness to help his team in attack with an attempt at goal which saw the ball go over the goalposts. The Brazilians energy and efforts in the final third earned them a penalty, Zwane was fouled in the 18 area after confirmation made from the VAR. Bafana Ba Style’s chance to take the lead disappeared as Zwane’s penalty shot hit the far post.
The game went into the first half break goalless, however Petro was still leading in aggregate from the previous 2 -1 victory recorded on their home ground.
The beginning of the second half cqme alive, Masandawana were presented an early free kick outside the box. Lyle Lakay stepped up to take his chance, Lakay’s powerful shot was pushed out by Gomes with Brian Onyango close by to finish off the loose ball and put it at the back of the net.
The Brazilians celebration did not last for long, Petro were also afforded a penalty of their own after Denis Onyango was booked for a foul. Onyango’s attempt at saving an in-swinger was reviewed by the referee using VAR, after a few minutes of analysing the incident, the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Azulão neatly worked his shot and sent Onyango the wrong way to equalize for Petro.
Masandawana made changes to their line up, Lesedi Kapinga, Pavol Safranko and Gaston Sirino made their way on for Zwane, Bradley Ralani and Lebohang Maboe. Safranko was quickly caught in the action after taking a shot at Gomes. Downs continued to work the ball from left to right, with Lakay’s resulting effort cannoning back off the woodwork.
The visitors showed resilience in their defense, blocking every attempt to score by the Tshwane giants as the game continued to challenge the home team. Downs efforts to score their second goal resulted in more pressure applied on the visitors’ defense. Despite their efforts to stay in the game, The Brazilians were unable to extend their lead in the second leg as the game concluded in a dramatic draw to send the Angolans into the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League.
This is how we lined up:
- Onyango ©, R. De Reuck, B. Onyango, L. Lakay, T. Morena, A. Jali, N. Maema (70′ Sirino), B. Ralani (67′ Safranko), L. Maboe, T. Zwane (67′ Kapinga), P. Shalulile
- Mweene, M. Lebusa, A. Modiba, T. Mokoena, G. Kekana, S. Mkhulise, G. Sirino, L. Kapinga, P. Safranko