Sundowns Victorious In DRC
Lyle Lakay scored a later winner as ten-man Mamelodi Sundowns beat TP Mazembe 2-1 at the Stade du TP Mazembe on Saturday afternoon.
TP Mazembe 1-2 Mamelodi Sundowns
After some initial good early play from Sundowns, it was Mazembe who had the first strike at goal, but Denis Onyango made light work of Moustapha Kouyate’s attempt in the 9th minute.
Onyango was needed again three minutes later, this time denying Chico Kabanza.
Sundowns were inches from taking the lead in the 38th minute, as Themba Zwane’s attempt was saved onto the woodwork, and it almost crossed the line but bounced back into the hands of Ibrahim Bosso.
Five minutes later Bosso was called into action action, this time to save a shot from Gaston Sirino.
Just before halftime Onyango denied Kouyate again, but it remained goalless at the break in Lubumbashi.
Sundowns should have taken the lead in the 54th minute after a goal mouth flurry, but somehow Mazembe cleared their lines, denying Thapelo Morena and Lyle Lakay.
Boss made a good save from a long range effort from Sirino a minute later, before the action swung to the other end and Onyango had to be alert to deny an attempt from Mazembe.
Sundowns took the lead in the 68th minute as Peter Shalulile beat Bosso, Zwane with a great through ball for the assist.
Sundowns were reduced to ten men when Ricardo Nascimento picked up a second yellow card in the 76th minute.
Mazembe drew level in the 82nd minute as Tresor Mputu broke through the defence and beat Onyango.
But Sundowns grabbed the lead again in the 90th minute, a super free kick taken by Lyle Lakay
The victory, a first by a South African team in the DRC, moves Sundowns onto nine points in Group B, seven points clear, with all the other teams on two points.
It was the first loss at home in the CAFCL by Mazembe since 2009 (53 matches).