Sun­downs are through, United hang in there

CityPress - - Sport - – Staff re­porter

Af­ter reach­ing the quar­ter­fi­nals of the CAF Cham­pi­ons League, de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Mamelodi Sun­downs will try to top­ple group lead­ers Espérance in the last group game on Satur­day.

Both Sun­downs and Espérance con­firmed their spots in the last eight yes­ter­day.

Sun­downs de­feated St Ge­orge 1-0 in their penul­ti­mate Group C match in Ethiopia, while the Tu­nisians man­aged a 2-all draw with AS Vita in Kin­shasa.

Downs’ An­thony Laf­for scored the all-im­por­tant goal in the 85th minute at Ad­dis Ababa Sta­dium to give the Brazil­ians a much-needed vic­tory.

The re­sult, cou­pled with AS Vita’s draw, as­sured Sun­downs of a quar­ter­fi­nal place as St Ge­orge can­not now over­haul them in se­cond place.

Based on their head-to-head statis­tics over St Ge­orge, it means the Brazil­ians are through to the knock­out stages, even if they lose to the vis­it­ing Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo side.

The the sides played to a goal­less draw in their open­ing game ear­lier and a Sun­downs vic­tory yes­ter­day means Sun­downs have one over the Ethiopi­ans.

Both Vita and Ge­orge are out of con­tention, mean­ing Espérance and Sun­downs still need to de­cide who tops the group when they play their fi­nal group matches at the week­end.

Sun­downs host AS Vita with Espérance at home to St Ge­orge. Sun­downs are a point be­hind the Tu­nisians and will be aim­ing for a top spot in their last game.

Mean­while, Su­per­Sport United played their fourth draw when they ended goal­less against Horoya of Guinea in Con­akry in the CAF Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup.

The draw kept United’s hopes of a place in the quar­ter­fi­nals of the com­pe­ti­tion alive as they are se­cond on the ta­ble – two points be­hind Horoya, who are on nine.

Third-placed TP Mazembe, who have six points, travel to Gabon for a date with CF Mounana this af­ter­noon. A win for Mazembe will take them to the sum­mit of the group, mean­ing the fi­nal matches at the week­end will de­ter­mine the two teams go­ing to the knock­out stages.

United host Mounana, while Mazembe and Horoya will have to can­cel one an­other out in the other game.

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