Enyimba has suffered a setback in their aim for Champions league glory as they suffered a 2-1 loss against Mamelodi Sundowns.
For a long period in the first half Enyimba stifled the Brazilians’ creativity in midfield. But Downs stepped up the skills prying for the opener.They got one when Dolly was played into space down the left to square inside. Enyimba tried to scramble clear but the ball fell to Castro to sweep in from seven metres.Enyimba brought the Champions League’s top scorer this year with seven goals‚ Mfon Udoh‚ on for playmaker Bartholomew Ibenegbu in the 53rd.
Sundowns appeared to be grasping at energy and allowed themselves to defend deep.From a corner Downs could not clear‚ allowing Oluwadamilare to rifle a right-footed shot into the top-right corner.Downs pressed forward again. Asavela Mbekile made ground on the right and swerved in a fine cross that Castro deflected to force a save from goalkeeper Moses Ocheje.But the Brazilians did appear to be sagging‚ as Sandilands stopped a shot by Dumte Pyagbara and Anaezemba Nzube.
Downs coach Pitso Mosimane brought on Cuthbert Malajila for Themba Zwane and Siyanda Zwane for Tiyani Mabunda.Sundowns found their legs again‚ and then the lead again. At a goalmouth scramble from a corner Arendse spooned in a volley at the far post.Downs and Zamalek now each have three points from a game. Enyimba‚ on zero‚ have a very hard task fighting back from two defeats to be one of the top two who reach the semis.