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The African Champions League 2001
Semifinal 1st leg match report
Mamelodi Sundowns - Petro Atletico

All groups, all matches:
African Champions League 2001
schedule + results
knock-out rounds
Group A
Group B
Semifinals + Final
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.

1st half
-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 is overwhelming.
-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. 

halftime 1:0
a good game, fluent, few interruptions, and goal scenes as well

2nd half
-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

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