ASEC Mimosas 0-0 Mamelodi Sundowns: Mosimane's men hold on for a crucial point
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The Brazilians remain second on the Group A log following their goalless draw away to Asec Mimosas at Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny

Asec Mimosas and Mamelodi Sundowns had to settle for a share of the spoils as neither side could find the back of the net on Tuesday night. 

The Brazilians went into the encounter as the underdogs given their dismal record away from home. 

Sundowns had won just once in their previous eight matches in the Caf Champions League, and while they 

Pitso Mosimane named a strong starting line-up for the match at the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny with Denis Onyango returning to the starting line-up and Themba Zwane starting upfront alongside Lebohang Maboe.

The Sundowns coach was certainly not going to afford to rest some of his key players for this encounter as Mimosas headed into the encounter three points behind them. 

After a slow start to the first half, the visitors got their first chance in the 23rd minute when Zwane released Thapelo Morena, but the latter fired wide, much to the relief of the home crowd. 

Chances were few and far between but Mimosas threatened to take the lead with the half-time break fast approaching, but the Sundowns defence led by Ricardo Nascimento and Wayne Arendse stood firm to ensure that both sides went into the dressing rooms locked at 0-0. 

While Mosimane would have been pleased with how his team defended, he was certainly not so impressed with how the Sundowns midfield played the first 45 minutes. 

Hlompho Kekana and Tiyani Mabunda looked disjointed in the middle of the park as they struggled to supply the likes of Maboe and Zwane. 

Gaston Sirino was also not in the game, and it didn't come as a surprise when Mosimane took him off in the second half. 

The Uruguayan attacker was the first to go off as Mosimane introduced Emiliano Tade in an attempt to freshen things upfront.   

Asec Mimosas dominated proceedings, and at one stage, they had over 65 percent of ball possession, but even then, they still couldn't hurt the Brazilians. 

Sundowns squandered another good goalscoring chance following a counter-attacking move after 55 minutes. 

Zwane failed to fire Sundowns ahead as his close-range attempt went wide. 

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The visitors then turned to Phakamani Mahlambi as Tade found himself isolated for the better part of the second half. 

However, Mahlambi also struggled as Sundowns failed to breakdown the Ivorians. 

But in the end, they would be pleased with a draw as they move to six points with two games to go before the quarterfinal stages. 

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