It was honours even at Al-Hilal Stadium on Friday as Mamelodi Sundowns have been held to a irritating goalless draw by Al Hilal within the CAF Champions League.
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Each groups have been denied by the woodwork in what turned out to be a carefully contested Group B encounter in Sudan.
The hosts began the match on the entrance foot, Nasr Omar testing Sundowns goalkeeper Ricardo Goss with a speculative shot from exterior the field.
Mamelodi Sundowns hit again with a superb likelihood of their very own three minutes later however it got here to nothing as Gaston Sirino fired broad of the mark after being teed up by Mauricio Affonso.
Masandawana continued to use the stress and once more went shut a few minutes later as Affonso despatched a curling free-kick narrowly broad of the top-left nook.
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On the reverse finish of the pitch, in the meantime, Abu Aagla noticed his long-range shot saved within the bottom-left nook by Goss.
Al Hilal didn’t let up, piling ahead at each alternative however they have been met with stiff opposition by Goss, who saved out efforts from Mohamed Abdel Rahman and Faris Abdalla.
Mamelodi Sundowns’ Gaston Sirino fired excessive and broad within the twenty second minute after latching onto a well-weighted by way of ball from Hlompho Kekana, whereas team-mate Rushine De Reuck noticed his goal-bound header cleared off the road a couple of minutes later.
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After a cooling break within the searing warmth, it was Al Hilal who took the sport by the scruff of the neck, with Abdalla twice lacking the goal and team-mates Rahman and Omar additionally failing to search out the mark within the closing phases of the half.
The primary noteworthy likelihood of the second half fell to Promise Mkhuma however Al Hilal keeper Ali Achrine was equal to the duty, snapping up the long-range shot with minimal fuss.
And Sundowns got an enormous scare shortly thereafter as Eid Mugadam struck the submit with a left-footed shot from vary.
Al Hilal redoubled their efforts after that likelihood, making a sequence of alternatives within the ensuing minutes.
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Faris Abdalla was denied by Goss within the 52nd minute whereas team-mate Mohamed Ouattara headed broad from a nook six minutes later.
After weathering the storm, Sundowns hit again with two good possibilities of their very own as Haashim Domingo compelled a save from Achrine earlier than Kekana hit the crossbar with a speculative shot from 35 yards out.
However with neither crew in a position to trend a late match-winner, the match would finish goalless. Sundowns will arguably be the happier of the 2 sides with their passage to the knockout section already secured, whereas Al Hilal stay in second place in Group B, with CR Belouizdad and TP Mazembe sizzling on their heels.