Pitso's side make easy work of Lobi Stars
Last time out, it was the Nigerians who edged out the Tshwane giants, but the home side were full value for their money this time around as a lethal first-half showing was enough to kill off Lobi Stars.
Goals by Thapelo Morena, Themba Zwane and Lebohang Maboe confirmed Sundowns' passage into the quarter-finals, and here are some intriguing stats.
Understandably as Sundowns were the home team, they enjoyed 50.8% of ball possession, while Lobi Stars had 49.2%.
The Tshwane giants made more passes, 409, compared to Lobi Stars' 395. Sundowns also had more shots on target, seven, than the away side, who had 5.
Sundowns guilty of casualnessWhile it was a dominant display, worrying for Pito Mosimane and his technical team is the fact that Sundowns only enjoyed 79% passing success to Lobi Stars' 82.8%,
Lobi Stars have more touchesThe away side had 587 touches with 80% being successful. This was 18 more touches than Sundowns had , with a 77% success.
A game of two halves for Sundowns
While Sundowns were impressive in the first half, the second certainly saw them go off the boil.
Not only did they manage just a solitary shot on target in the second half, but their tackle success rate dropped drastically from 100% in the first half to 67% in the second.
Downs exploit the long ball
It is apparent that Mosimane's side used the long ball in order to break through the Lobi Stars defence and use the pace of his frontline.
Sundowns played 72 long balls in the game while Lobi stars made just 64.
The home side were also a lot more positive as they made 155 forward passes, 10 more than their opponents, who made 144.
Busy night for both keepersInterestingly, both Denis Onyango and Lobi Stars' shot-stopper Olufemi Kayode made five saves and one catch during the game.
Zwane, Sundowns' pass masterNo player made more successful passes than Sundowns playmaker Themba Zwane on the night with 49.
Room for improvement
While Sundowns progress into the last eight, there is a lot to work on in terms of their defensive solidity and passing accuracy.
In games of fine margins where a single mistake could decide a game, it is imperative that they get this right, and their next game against Wydad Casablanca offers the ideal test to work on this.
Also, for Lobi Stars, their away form has been their Achilles heel this season, but they will look to end the group stage on a high as they return to Nigeria to take on Asec Mimosas in their final game.