Cape Town - Khama Billiat handed Mamelodi Sundowns a 1-0 win over 10-man TP Mazembe in a 2015 CAF Champions League first round, first leg encounter played at Loftus Stadium on Saturday evening.
Billiat popped up with four minutes remaining to net what could prove to be a decisive goal for the South Africans.
Zambian Kabaso Chongo received his marching orders for the visitors in the 42nd minute.
The teams exchanged long range efforts in the early exchanges with Roger Assale shooting over the crossbar for the visitors and Tebogo Langerman forcing Robert Kindiaba into a good save.
Sundowns right-back Siyanda Zwane thought they had a claim for a penalty in the 21st minute, but instead the fullback picked up a yellow card for simulation.
The Brazilians continued to dominate proceedings with Khama Billiat in particular causing the Mazembe defence all sorts of problems.
Themba Zwane went close to opening 'Downs account two minutes after the half-hour mark, his thunderous effort from outside the area flying just wide of Kidiaba's right-hand post.
Mazembe were dealt a major blow three minutes from the break. Chongo receiving his marching orders for a robust challenge on Anthony Laffor.
Pitso Mosimane introduced playmaker Teko Modise before the break with Bongani Zungu making way for the former Orlando Pirates man, who brought more attacking intent onto the pitch.
Sundowns continued were they left off after the interval with Laffor shooting wide before Malajila saw his header fly straight at Kidiaba.
Despite their man disadvantage Mazembe had their chances with Onyando quick off his line to deny the Democratic Republic of Congo side close to the hour.
Alje Schut pushed up field with 20 minutes remaining as Sundowns went in desperate search of the opener knowing the difficulties they are set to face in the second-leg.
Sundowns finally found their goal with four minutes remaining through Billiat. Teko Modise's shot deflected into the path of the former Ajax Cape Town man, who hammered his effort past Kidiaba from inside the area.
The return leg will be played in Lubumbashi on the April 4.