• CAF CL: Champions League holders Wydad open group campaign with draw at Sundowns

    (BBC Sports) African Champions League title-holders Wydad Casablanca of Morocco survived a late siege by Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa in Pretoria on Saturday to force a 1-1 draw in their opening match of Group C.

    Sundowns made a perfect start to the fixture by going ahead within three minutes..

    Ivorian Cheick Comara turned a Sibusiso Vilakazi cross into his net, although the goal was awarded only after the Cameroon referee overruled his assistant who had signalled a corner.

    Wydad responded on 20 minutes when Ismail el Haddad darted forward to nod a cross past Uganda goalkeeper Denis Onyango.

    El Haddad's goal came as several Sundowns defenders stood still, believing the ball had crossed the line before being floated into the goalmouth.

    Rattled by the goal, Sundowns were lucky not to fall behind soon after when Wydad captain Brahim Nakach surged into the box only to blaze wide.

    The second half failed to live up to the first 45 minutes as Wydad lost energy and wasted time whenever possible.

    Mouloudia had Zidane Mebarakou sent-off early in the second half against Difaa el Jadida and fell behind after 77 minutes when Hamid Ahaddad of Jadida scored his seventh Champions League goal this season.

    Amir Karaoui equalised with eight minutes remaining in Algiers for Mouloudia, who had scored 15 goals at home in two qualifiers.

    Jadida are playing in the group phase for the first time and hope to emulate Moroccan clubs Raja Casablanca, Wydad Casablanca and FAR Rabat by winning the elite African club competition.

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