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Al Ahly 2-0 Mamelodi Sundowns

Mamelodi Sundowns suffered a 2-0 defeat to Al Ahly in their CAF Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie in Cairo on Saturday evening.

Left-back Ali Malloul was the surprise hero on the day grabbing a brace with the Brazilians having it all to do when they host the 'Team of the Century' and eight-time holders in the return leg.

It was a tame start to the game with neither side able to assert themselves on the contest.

But Al Ahly soon began to boss the game and Downs keeper Denis Onyango was called in to action in the fifth minute when he punched away an inswinging free-kick from the left flank.

In the 13th minute, Brazilians playmaker Gaston Sirino played a dangerous free-kick towards the far post. Wayne Arendse stretched for it but was beaten to it by Mohammed El-Shenawy in goals.

Ten minutes later, the Uruguayan playmaker had a go from range but his powerful effort was off the mark.

On the stroke of half-time, Sundowns skipper Hlompho Kekana made a crucial last-ditch interception to deny the Egyptians what would have been a certain goal.

Pitso Mosimane's side were doing the vast majority of the defending and Andile Jali had to be on his toes to intercept another speedy attack from the hosts.

In the 54th minute, Sirino had a go on his own again after the ball was played in to him over the top of the Al Ahly defence.

With the next move of the match, the Egyptians took the lead when Malloul slotted past Onyango calmly after being played in behind Downs' defence.

Matters went from bad to worse for Sundowns when they conceded a penalty after substitute Aliou Badji was brought down in the box. And Maaloul made no mistake from the spot for the killer blow.