Belouizdad reach last-eight 51 years after first attempt

Star Amir Sayoud scored as Algerian outfit Chabab Belouizdad secured a first CAF Champions League quarterfinals appearance on Friday — 51 years after debuting in the marquee African club competition.  

The Algiers side upset Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0 in Pretoria through first-half goals from Sayoud and Ahmed Gasmi to finish runners-up behind the South African team in Group B.

Already-qualified Sundowns rested many regulars and the gamble backfired as they suffered a first loss in the competition this season after six victories and a draw. 

Winning in South Africa was particularly sweet for Belouizdad, who had a player red-carded after only three minutes when they met Sundowns two months ago and suffered a 5-1 hammering.

Sayoud became the leading Champions League scorer with seven goals when he gave the visitors a 29th-minute lead before Gasmi doubled the advantage in the final minute of the opening half.

There was no way back for 2016 Champions League winners Sundowns after half-time despite the presence of star forward Peter Shalulile from Namibia.

Five-time African champions TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo won for the first time in the same section, coming from behind to edge Al Hilal of Sudan 2-1 in Lubumbashi.

Edi Mugadam put Hilal ahead within two minutes only for teammate Mohamed Ouattara to concede an own-goal with 18 minutes gone.

Isaac Tshibangu scored the decisive goal on 76 minutes to end a nightmare run of three losses and two draws by Mazembe and lift them off the bottom of the table. 

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