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Saturday, 30 March 2024 22:28

Mazembe held to goalless draw, Sundowns and Young Africans share the spoils.

Staff Reporter.

Former champions TP Mazembe and Petro de Luanda battled to a goalless draw in the first leg of their CAF Champions League quarter-final clash in Lubumbashi on Saturday.

The encounter ended in a tense stalemate at the Stade du TP Mazembe, with the home side missing several scoring opportunities. 

Despite dominating the entire game and pinning their opponents on their half, the DR Congo giants failed to capitalize on the numerous scoring chances.

The home side missed six clear-cut chances, resulting in a frustrating draw for the home side as Cheick Fofana, Oscar Tshikomb and Glody Likonza key culprits guilty of missing gilt-edged opportunities.

In the lead-up to Saturday's encounter, Petro de Luanda showcased their defensive resilience, having not conceded a goal in the competition this season and their strong defence showed during the game. 

Petro de Luanda goalkeeper Hugo Marques denied Tshikomb twice before Fofana wide with just the stopper at his mercy.

As a result, the encounter ended in a frustrating goalless draw for the home side, leaving the tie finely poised ahead of the return leg.

The focus now shifts to the eagerly anticipated second leg, which is scheduled to take place next week Saturday at the Estádio 11 de Novembro in Luanda. 

Despite failing to secure a victory on home soil, TP Mazembe will be eager to regroup and put in a strong performance in the return leg as they look to book their place in the semi-finals.

The return fixture will ultimately decide which team progresses to the last four of the prestigious tournament.

Meanwhile Young Africans dug deep to hold Mamelodi Sundowns to a 0-0 draw during their lively Champions League quarterfinal clash at a packed Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium on Saturday night.