Sundowns beat Al Hilal to pave Ahly's way to Champions League quarters

Mahmoud Elassal , Saturday 19 Mar 2022

South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns, who had already secured their place in the African Champions League quarters, defeated Sudanese giants Al Hilal 4-2 on Saturday to leave Egypt's Ahly within touching distance of a place in the last eight.

File Photo: Mamelodi Sundowns' players celebrates after winning their match against Al-Ahly on 12 March, 2022. Photo courtesy of Mamelodi Sundowns Facebook page.

Group A leaders Sundowns tightened their grip on top with 13 points, followed by reigning champions Ahly on seven points and Sudan's duo Al Hilal and Al Merreikh on four.

Ahly, who are seeking to become the first team to win a hat-trick of straight Champions League titles, need only a home draw against Al Hilal in their final group-stage game next month to advance.

Al Hilal would have to beat Ahly to pip them on the head-to-head record after their clash in Omdurman ended in a goalless draw last month.

Striker Peter Shalulile put Sundowns ahead after just two minutes and Teboho Mokoena doubled the lead on the half-hour mark.

Al Hilal's Yasser Mohamed halved the deficit in the 50th minute but Thapelo Morena scored twice in the 60th and 90th minutes to kill off their hopes. Othman Mokhtar netted a consolation for Al Hilal in stoppage time.

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