Mamelodi Sundowns ease into CAF CL group stage with win over Jwaneng Galaxy

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Mamelodi Sundowns eased into the next round of the CAF Champions League with a 5-1 aggregate win over Jwaneng Galaxy after a 3-1 win at Loftus Versfeld stadium on Tuesday.

Masandawana, who beat their Botswana opponents 2-0 away from home in the first-leg on 22 December, were in control of proceedings from start to finish.

Kermit Erasmus opened the scoring in the first-half before Mothobi Mvala and Thapelo Morena struck after the half-time break as the defending Premiership champions made sure of their place in the CAF Champions League group stages.

The Tshwane side had their first effort on goal in the 11th minute when defender Brian Onyango did well to connect with Lyle Lakay's in-swinging free kick but the effort was saved by Jwaneng goalkeeper Katlego Mbise.

After dominating ball possession for most of the first-half, Sundowns took the lead in the in the 39th minute when a good run down the right-hand side by Peter Shalulile saw the forward cross to Erasmus to tap home.

Just four minutes after the halftime interval, Masandawana had an opportunity to double their lead after Shalulile was fouled in the penalty area by Jwaneng defender Gofoane Molapi.

However, Ricardo Nascimento saw his spot kick brilliantly saved by Mbise, who parried the Brazilian's effort out for a corner.

Sundowns doubled their lead on the day in the 67th minute when Mvala sent a powerful header past a sprawling Mbise following a Lakay set-piece.

Morena struck the home team's third goal with 10 minutes remaining, the defender driving into the box after good build-up play and then producing a neat finish past Mbise.

Tebogo Sembowa netted a consolation for the Botswana side in the 90th minute, taking advantage of sloppy Sundowns defence to beat Kennedy Mweene in goal.

- TEAMtalk media

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