Mamelodi Sundowns had been bitten by VAR once more on Saturday as they exited the Caf Champions League by the hands of Petro Atletico, a 1-1 draw at FNB Stadium sufficient to take the Angolans by to the semifinals 3-2 on combination.
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Manqoba Mngqithi had bashed the Video Assistant Referee earlier this week, after Sundowns had been denied an equaliser in Luanda, and in entrance of a sell-out crowd at FNB Stadium, VAR first struck in Sundowns’s favour.
Brian Onyango had netted within the forty ninth minute to present Downs the lead, turning the tie on its head with Sundowns set to undergo on the away targets rule.
FNB Stadium roared its approval, however a couple of minutes later these cheers had been muted when Quinto thought he had equalized for Petro, however the aim was disallowed by way of VAR for a foul on goalkeeper Denis Onayango.
Moments later, nonetheless, VAR was consulted once more and the decision was that Andile Jali dedicated a foul within the field and the person within the center pointed to the spot. It was Petro skipper Tiago Azulo who wanted no second invitation from 12 yards as he despatched goalkeeper Onyango the unsuitable technique to make it 3-2 on combination.
Themba Zwane may have made a distinction on this tie however he missed a primary half penalty because the designated spot-taker hit the crossbar after he was fouled.
Once Petro had netted their penalty, their defence remained resolute and stood their floor, ensuring that they extinguished Sundowns’ menace.
It was an embarrassing outcome for Sundowns, and for the Angolans it was lastly some pleasure on South African shores, after they misplaced to SuperSport United within the 2017 Caf Confederation Cup, to Sundowns within the 2019 Champions League group phases and to Chiefs within the 2020/21 group phases.
Atletico will now face both Moroccans Wydad Casablanca or Algerian facet CR Belouizdad within the semifinals.