Sunday, May 14, 2023
Mamelodi Sundowns club imposed a goalless tie at the expense of its Moroccan host Wydad Casablanca, in a match that brought them together at the Mohammed V complex, in the first leg of the African Champions League semi-finals.
Wydad will be a guest at Mamelodi Sundowns, next Saturday, in the CAF Champions League semi-final second leg summit.
Details of the Wydad and Sundowns match
Wydad formation: Youssef Motea, Ayoub Al-Amoudi, Amin Abu Al-Fath, Arsene Zola, Yahya Atiyatallah, Saif Al-Din Bohra, Reda Jaadi, Yahya Gibran, Mohamed Onajem, Ayman Hassouni, Junior Sambo
Mamelodi Sundowns line-up: Ronwen Williams, Abdel Moneim Bou Tawil, Tebuho Mokoena, Motobe Mvala, Juliso Modao, Sifu Percival, New Maima, Aubrey Modiba, Themba Zwane, Peter Shaluleli, Thabelo Morena
And Peter Shaluli managed to score the first goal in the 9th minute, but video technology intervened after the celebration of Sundowns, players and coaches, to cancel the goal for offside.
Wydad demanded a penalty kick in the 18th minute, after Saifuddin Bohra fell to the ground inside the Sundowns area, following a push from a defender, but Ghanaian referee Daniel Laria did not make any decisions.
The Ghanaian referee returned to video technology in the 41st minute, to display a direct red card in the face of the player, New Maima from Sundowns, after forcefully running over the Wydad player.
The last minutes of the first half saw the advantage of the guests coming from South Africa, with a dangerous opportunity from Wydad via a surprise header in the 45th minute, which was blocked by goalkeeper Williams.
And Sambo sent a powerful Wadadia shot in the 53rd minute, which passed near the Mamelodi Sundowns goal.
The CAF Champions League champion tried again, this time, with a shot by substitute Zuhair El Mataraji in the 65th minute, which Williams prevented from hitting the Sundowns net.
Sundowns forced Wydad to return to its stadium, after Rolay Mokoena’s team closed the midfield with 10 players, so that Sven Vandenbroek’s team contented itself with delivering some short passes between them, without posing any danger.
Substitute Hamid Haddad wasted an uncontrolled header, one of Wydad’s most dangerous chances in the second half, as his ball passed to the Sundowns goal in the 87th minute.
In the 89th minute, Chaluli received a long ball and then converted it through a fine scissors into a missile shot, which passed over Wydad’s goal, amid the follow-up of goalkeeper Youssef Moti’.
A new red card, the most famous of which was the referee in the face of Chilean Marcelo Allende Bravo, after he violently stepped on the foot of the Wydad player in the 90 + 4 minute.