Mamelodi Sundowns’ put in a spirited performance against AC Leopards to advance in the CAF Champions League, as the sides drew 1-1 in the second leg match.
The Brazilians went into the Caf Champions League first round second-leg clash leading 2-0 on aggregate against Congo-Brazzaville’s AC Léopards in Dolisie.
It took only seven minutes for Sundowns midfielder Hlompho Kekana to break the deadlock with a thunderous shot from range.
Despite playing in a hostile atmosphere, the Brazilians applied pressure on the Leopards defence as they searched for more goals.
However, in the 32nd minute Sundowns striker Leonardo Castro was pulled out after sustaining an injury and he was replaced by Cuthbert Malajila.
In the 41st minute, Leopards came very close to equalising, but Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango produced a fine save to ensure that the first-half ended 1-0 to Sundowns.
Keagan Dolly and Malajila combined brilliantly in the 67th minute before the latter forced the Leopards shot-stopper into a great save.
Goalscorer Kekana had his attempt from a free-kick saved eight minutes later as Sundowns looked to grab a late goal.
But the home side were awarded a penalty in the 89th minute and they managed to level matters.
Nevertheless, Sundowns managed to contain Leopards in the remaining minutes and the two sides drew 1-1.
Sundowns won 3-1 on aggregate and they will now take on the winner between AS Vita Club (DRC) and Ferroviário Maputo (Mozambique) in the second-round.