PRETORIA – Mamelodi Sundowns have one foot in the semifinals of the CAF Champions League, after thrashing Egyptian giants Al Ahly 5-0 in their quarterfinal first leg match at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville near Pretoria on Saturday afternoon.
The Egyptians are tough to beat at home in Cairo but have been left with a proverbial mountain to climb when the teams meet in the return leg next Saturday.
It took Sundowns just 14 minutes to unlock the Al Ahly defence, with fullback Tebogo Langerman set free on the left flank, who then picked out midfielder Themba Zwane to open the scoring.
The hosts doubled the lead ten minutes later when central defender Wayne Arendse side-footed the ball home from a set-piece taken by midfielder Uruguayan Gaston Sirino.
Any hopes that the 8-time CAF Champions League winners had of getting back into the game in the second half were dashed two minutes after the break, after Lebogang Maboe was fouled in the visitors' penalty area.
Sundowns central defender Ricardo Nascimento slotted home from the penalty spot.