|Nov 3 1400 GMT
Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa) -
Petro Atletico (Angola) 2:0
Before the match
Petro Atletico have been
the revelation of a rather disappointing year of the African Champions
League in which the big names have suffered from the fluctuation in their
squads and the loss of talent which often has come with it. Fine combinations
in counter attack resulted in the Angolans won all their 3 away matches
in group stage while other teams clearly had problems in producing goals.
One of those teams are Sundowns
who reached the semi-finals by 2 goals in 6 matches! The team strength
seems to be in defence where they only conceded 2 goals as well.
-Sundowns in their 'Brazilian'
outfit, Petro Atletico in all white, the stadium looks empty. One cannot
say that the interest of the South Africans for international football
-A fine fluent game in the
first 20 minutes and a number of opportunities for both sides. The two
outstanding players so far:
On the hosts side Sundowns
#12 (Bennet Mnguni?) who tested the fine Angolan keeper Lama twice and
once hit the crossbar after a corner.
On the visitors side their
dangerous goal scorer Flavio, moving into the right attack spaces to outrun
the defender, taking crosses directly and having had three opportunities.
Petro with again a fine
geometry in passing but holes in defence as well (already 8 goals conceded
in group games!). The consequence:
-1:0('36) (after 15 more
quiet minutes) unmarked number #25? scores from 10 meters profiting from
some confusion in the Angolan defence.
The goal is followed by
chances on both sides as defences lose concentration a bit. Including a
goal by Sundowns called back for a slim offside.
a good game, fluent, few
interruptions, and goal scenes as well
-First 20 minutes: Sundowns
dominate the match and work out several opportunities agianst a porous
Angolan defence. The Petro Atletico keeper Lama saves several times against
good attempts by the South Africans.
-in the following Sundowns
control the game and have occasional opportunities. Petro Atletico run
a few good looking attempts but cannot get through to clearcut chances.
-('90) a fine widedrawn
counter attack by Sundowns - Daniel Mudau heads in the right hand side
cross by #30 - 2:0, an important goal reflecting the 2nd half dominance
of the hosts
final score 2:0
A much better game as expected
and a convincing Sundowns performance against an Angolan side who only
were able to suggest their potential