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Sundowns turn on the style against Casablanca

Mamelodi Sundowns are back in the business, following their 2-1 victory against Wydad Casablanca in the CAF Champions League on Saturday night.


- Zwane nets a brace
- Sundowns move to second in Group A


Sundowns, who lost the opening encounter to Nigeria's Lobi Stars earlier this month, had a critical point to prove this week and they did it in emphatic fashion against a giant of African football.

Bafana Ba Style are now second in Group A on goal difference, having accumulated three points from their first two matches. The top two teams in the group qualify for the knockout phase of the tournament.

However, it is worth noting that all four teams currently sit on three points. The comeback is not complete, by any stretch of the imagination but critically Pitso Mosimane's charges are still well and truly in the contest.

Themba Zwane sent Wydad a clear message in the 8th minute, when he put Sundowns ahead - a lead that was sustained for most of the first stanza.

However, even when Mohamed Nahiri equalised just before the interval, one always had the sense that the three points were Sundowns' to lose.

Zwane scored his brace twenty minutes into the second stanza, sealing the victory and boosting the morale of the former African champions, after what has been a difficult 2018/19 campaign both at home and abroad.

Zwane's second goal was the classic combination of opportunism and clinical execution.

Wydad failed to make a decent clearance, Zwane latched onto the loose ball and fired home from range. His volley found the top corner of the goal.

Goalkeeper Ahmed Tagnaouti had no chance. This long range business is becoming somewhat of a habit for Sundowns.

The first goal was more of Sundowns' making, after Lebohang Maboe set Zwane up in the box, where he was all alone and ready to pounce....and pounce he did. The first-time strike found the back of the net.