Super strikes from Tiyani Mabunda and Khama Billiat gave Mamelodi Sundowns a 2-1 victory to sink Zamalek in their CAF Champions League Group stage conflict and keep up their summit in their group.
The game started at a lively pace with the hosts mounting pressure on the guests in early stages.
It took two minutes for Zamalek to test the Tswane young men’s goal stopper Dennis Onyango who was constrained into a scrambling save after a counter attack from the Egyptian side.
Be that as it may, the South African Premier Soccer League Champions, Sundowns enlisted the principal important exertion of the game in the 9th minute, when Hlompho Kekana unleashed a venomous strike from 35-yards out, which constrained the Zamalek goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy into a fine save parrying the ball for a corner kick.
The host team ought to have led the pack in the fourteenth minute when Wayne Arendse’s blunder in the case tumbled to Ayman Hefny, who bursted over the cross-bar.
Twilights in the long run softened the gridlock up the seventeenth moment when Tiyani Mabunda surged onto a bounce back after Billiat figured out how to break into the crate and hit the up right.
However a mistake between Denis Onyango and Thabo Nthethe in the 37th minute permitted Mohamed Ibrahim to cut the ball home from the edge of the area to level the scores.
The hosts were managed a blow soon after the break when Ibrahim endured a broken leg, after a tackle from Nthethe.
Pitso Mosimane decided on an adjustment in the 55th moment, as he presented Percy Tau for his Champions League debut, supplanting Anthony Laffor.
The Brazilians went tortuously near re-establishing their lead 10 minutes after the introduction of Tau, as Leonardo Castro’s gymnastic volley hit the cross-bar with El-Shenawy well beaten.
The Tswane monsters in the long run re-captured the lead in the 67th minute, as Keagan Dolly welled to choose Khama Billiat in the box who controlled well before passing the ball into the base corner to make it 2-1.
Nonetheless, Mosimane’s charges figured out how to see off the late surge from Zamalek and guaranteed the triumph, which sees them move three points clear at the highest point of Group B.
The Tswane giants will host Zamalek in the second leg and a draw will take them to the next phase of the CAF Champions League.