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Downs Knock CAFCL Winners Al Ahly Out Of AFL

Mamelodi Sundowns have knocked Al Ahly out of the African Football League to book their spot in the final after holding the African champions to a goalless draw in front of 50,000 fans in Cairo.

Ronwen Williams was called into action early in the match after bringing down Percy Tau inside the box, but he stepped up and saved the resulting penalty against Ali Maaloul.

However, Al Ahly pilled on the pressure and Williams spilled one or two balls, which seemed to make the hosts stronger, also being pushed by a home crowd of 50,000.

Al Ahly could’ve equalled the tie after 26 minutes when Williams dropped the ball, and Boutouil cleared it before the line, but it bounced off Kahraba and back into Williams’ hands.

Just three minutes later, Tau hit the bar, as Sundowns struggled to come out of their own half.

Rulani Mokwena replaced Mothobi Mvala, who had received a yellow card in the first interval, with Bongani Zungu at half-time and Sundowns came out stronger in the second half.

The second half was a lot more even than the first, with both sides not really creating any real goal-scoring opportunities.

Sundowns had to play the last minutes with 10 men after substitute Junior Mendieta got sent off for a bad tackle to the knee in the 83rd minute.

They had to overcome a late VAR scare when an alleged handball in the box by Siphelele Mkhulise was checked but the match official opted against handing a late spot-kick.

But in the end, Sundowns saw out the game to advance 1-0 on aggregate and knock the CAF Champions League winners out of the competition.

They will now meet Wydad AC in the two-legged final on 5 and 11 November.

David Kappel
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