A resurgent Mamelodi Sundowns emphatically beat Algeria side CR Belouizdad 5-1 in a Group B Caf Champions League tie played at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es salaam, Tanzania on Sunday afternoon.
The win saw Sundowns firm up on top spot after amassing six points from their first two games.
On a sunny day at Dar es Salaam’s Benjamin Mkapa, where the match was moved to after Sundowns were denied entry into Algeria due to Covid-19 restrictions, the South African champions opened the scoring as early as the fifth minute after double scorer Themba Zwane converted a penalty for his first. This was after his goalbound shot was handled in the box by Chouaib Keddad.
The referee did not hesitate pointing to the spot before giving the 26-year-old centre-back Keddad marching orders for deliberately blocking the shot with his hands.
With their opponents one man down, Sundowns dominated play in the opening 30 minutes of the match as they surged forward in search for a second goal.
But it was the Algerians who grabbed an equaliser just a minute before half time through Amir Sayoud.
Immediately after the breather, ‘Namibian Express’ Peter Shalulile restored Downs’ lead when he rose above everyone to nod home after a Lyle Lakay corner in the 48th minute.
Zwane added the third after a minty dink by Uruguayan forward Gaston Sirino in the 55th minute.
Five minutes later, Ricardo Coetzee made an important clearance at the back to stop a Belouizdad attack.
Lebogang Maboe then made it four after getting to the end of a fantastic move by Sundowns.
Substitute Kermit Erasmus, who replaced Sirino late in the second half, also added his name the scoresheet with just a minute to go before the end of the game. His 89th minute strike came after a superb cut back from Zwane.
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By Mthokozisi Dube