Mamelodi Sundowns were knocked out of the CAF Champions League semi-final, after they played to a goalless draw against Wydad Casablanca at the packed Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Saturday.
Sundowns lost 2-1 on aggregate after Wydad beat them in the first leg last weekend in Casablanca, Morocco.
Sundowns attacked throughout the match but could not break the solid Wydad defence. Sundowns Coach Pitso Mosimane was disappointed.
The two teams also played in the group stages with Sundowns winning 2-1 at home, and Wydad also winning 1-0 at home.
The Moroccans finished on top of Group A, and Sundowns finishing second. Mosimane was sorry to disappoint the big crowd.
The two teams have played against each other six times in the last three years. Sundowns have now won once at home and also drawing the other two matches including Saturday’s results.
Wydad have won all three matches at home. Speaking through an interpreter, Wydad Coach Fauozi Benzarti said he was happy.
Wydad will play in the final against their fellow North Africans Esperance from Tunisia in the two-legged final in few weeks’ time. They won the Champions League in 2017.
Benzarti was happy with the fair play in the match even though the players clashed at times. – Report by Vincent Sitsula