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CT City's Africa dream comes to an end

2018-03-19 07:54
Benni McCarthy (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Cape Town City's CAF Confederation Cup adventure ended at the first round after they lost 2-1 (2-2 on aggregate) to Costa do Sol in the second leg at Athlone Stadium on Sunday.

Benni McCarthy's side secured a valuable 1-0 win in the first leg in Mozambique earlier this month, but their advantage was quickly cancelled out with a third-minute goal from Terrence Tisdell.

Zukile Kewuti responded for City in the 15th minute to put them back in the driving seat, only to crash out of the competition on away goals after Kino scored a late winner for the Canarinhos.

City's good work in Maputo was quickly undone when they conceded a penalty after just three minutes. Tisdell struck the frame of the goal from 12 yards out but followed up to slot past Shu-aib Walters.

The hosts were back in the contest just 13 minutes later, however, when Thabo Nodada did well in the final third to set up Kewuti, who fired into the back of the net to restore parity.

They went in search of more goals but only managed to penetrate the visiting defence once before half-time, with Nodada slipping at a crucial moment after being sent clear in the 40th minute and only having the keeper to beat.

The Citizens were finding it equally hard to break down the opposition in the second half and resorted to sitting deep in the closing stages to see out the game.

It proved costly as the Maputo outfit went back in front with eight minutes remaining. Kino rose highest at a corner to steer a header beyond Walters to level the tie at 2-2.

McCarthy's men threw bodies forward in a desperate attempt to snatch a late equaliser, but Costa do Sol survived five minutes of stoppage time to reach the play-off round.

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