Mamelodi Sundowns lost 2-1 away to Wydad Casablanca Friday in a CAF Champions League semi-final first leg, but the result could have been much worse for the South African club.
Midfielder Themba Zwane headed against his post in a botched
attempt to clear a cross eight minutes from time at the Prince Moulay Abdellah
Stadium in Rabat.
In stoppage time, Nigeria-born Wydad substitute Gabriel
Okechukwu failed to connect with the ball inside the box after being gifted a
clearcut chance by a Tebogo Langerman blunder.
The result was predictable – the clubs have met seven times in three seasons and six of the matches have resulted in one-goal winning margins for the home side. The other was drawn.
Sundowns and Wydad clash again next Saturday near Pretoria
with the South Africans marginal favourites to reach a second final having
scored a potentially crucial away goal.
It was the first Sundowns goal in four clashes with Wydad in
Morocco and it took the Pretoria outfit 311 minutes to finally find the net.
CAF Champions League semi-final fixtures
TP MAzembe vs ES Tunis, Saturday 4 May 2019 at 15:00
Mamelodi Sundowns vs WAC Casablance, Saturday, 4 May 2019 at