By The Numbers: Mamelodi Sundowns 5-0 Al Ahly

A phenomenal result that will go down in Masandawana football folklore, but what do the stats say?

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    #1 Advantange Downs!

    It was a historic and resounding win for Mamelodi Sundowns as they grabbed the early advantage heading into the second leg of their Caf Champions League quarter-final.

    It was a dominant showing as goals by Themba Zwane, Wayne Arendse, Ricardo Nascimento, Gaston Sirino and Phakamani Mahlambi resigned the Caf African Club of the Century to a humiliating 5-0 defeat as Sundowns now have one foot in the final four. 

    It was also Al Ahly's worse defeat in the competition, and here are some interesting statistics that explain the result. 

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    #2 Sundowns boss the game

    Aside from the hefty scoreline, Sundowns put on a masterclass in possession football.

    The Tshwane giants enjoyed 64.1% of the ball to Al Ahly's 35.9%.

    They also made far more passes than their opponents making 592 compared to Al Ahly's 321 of which Sundowns enjoyed a pass success rate of 87.3%.

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    #3 The Brazilians show hunger

    Sundowns just wanted the result more.

    Having never previously beaten Al Ahly, they were certainly up for the challenge, making 21 tackles to the Red Devil's 15 - captain Hlompho Kekana contributed four, the most of any player on the field.  


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    #4 Sundowns with the Midas Touch

    Sundowns boasted 764 touches which were 275 more than the Egyptian giants [489].

    They also enjoyed an 85% touch success and made more positive actions in the opposition's box with 27.  

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    #5 Downs use the long ball

    Pitso Mosimane clearly spotted a weakness in the Al Ahly backline as he resorted to using the long ball.

    Sundowns made 76 long passes compared to Al Ahly's 58.

    The home side were also a lot more positive as they made 189 forward passes, 47 more than Al Ahly, who made just 142. 

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    #6 Shenawy, Al Ahly's brightest spark

    Despite the scoreline, one player who can have his head held high is goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy. The Egypt international made seven saves avoiding an even bigger humiliation. 
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    #7 Zwane: Sundowns' pass master

    No player on the field had more successful passes than the 29-year-old.

    The playmaker who also opened the scoring on the day made an impressive 78 successful passes. 

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    #8 A beautiful game as Downs turn on the flair

    With the crowd urging the 2016 African champions forward at every opportunity, the Sundowns players duly obliged making eight successful take-ons to Al Ahly's six, with Sirino making three successful dribbles only one less than the Egyptian's Ramadan Sobhi, who made four.
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    #9 Sundowns now head for Egypt

    With Al Ahly now needing six goals in order to qualify for the next round in the return leg, it does seem like an insamountable task. 

    However, pressure will be on the African giants to improve, and Sundowns will need to remain solid at the back in order to complete their mission of progressing into the semi-finals.

    What the win has done though has sent a strong message to the rest of the competition that Downs mean business.