AS Vita Club score late equaliser in Khartoum
After Brazilian striker Sergio Junior opened the scoring for Al Hilal in the first half, Congolese side AS Vita Club managed a 1-1 draw in Khartoum against Al Hilal Omdurman thanks to a penalty kick in the 86th minute scored by Nzinga after the same player was brought down by defender Saif Masawi on the edge of the box.
Al Hilal: Moez; Khalifa, Masawi, Thomas, Fadasi; Omar (C) Shigail Nazar, Muhand; Kareka, Sergio Junior
AS Vita Club: Lukong; Landu, Bafola, Mabele, Ebunga (c); Kasereka, Mondo, Makwekwe, Issoufa; Kisombe, Ndzinga
Al Hilal started looking like the better side, controlling possession in the opening 10 minutes showing signs of attacking intent mainly down the flanks. Their first real opportunity fell to Nazar Hamid as he connected to a Kareka cross and his header went just wide with the keeper beaten. Al Hilal then managed to open the scoring after a Muhand corner fell kindly to Sergio Junior in the box who finished well to put the home side in front.
Surprisingly after the goal, Al Hilal lost control of the game, stopped pushing forward as if they were content with the 1-0 lead, this immediately allowed the Congolese to come forward and implement their game plan well in search of an equaliser. Al Hilal allowed the Congolese to pressure them however they managed to end the first half in their favour 1-0.
20 minutes into the second, an unexpected thunderstorm was the main talking point in Khartoum and the game had to be postponed for approximately 40 minutes, during the storm, an advertising board seemed to come off and land on some of the fans, 12 were injured and taken to hospital. After the weather calmed down, play resumed and Al Hilal started to play better and could have made it two but Nazar Hamids dipping shot was just over the bar.
AS Vita started to show signs of urgency in the last 10 minutes and were creating opportunities but lacking the final touch. Finally in the 87th minute, Ndzinga cleverly went past Saif Masawi who stretched a leg out to bring the forward down, Vita Club were awarded a penalty kick. Ndzinga himself stepped up to hand Vita Club a very precious point in this incredibly tight group. Al Hilal went on search for a winner but all seemed to little to late and the game ended 1-1
Both teams now have 4 points from 3 games; the second game in this group sees Zamalek take on TP Mazembe in Lubmumbashi on Sunday then the mini-group phase of the CAF Champions League will take a break for the World Cup and resume one game-week 4 on the last weekend of July.
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