The South African giants avoided defeat for the first time in their fifth visit to the Moroccan club
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has hailed his tactics as having worked to force a goalless draw against Wydad Casablanca on Saturday.
The 2016 African champions drew 0-0 with Wydad on the backdrop of four defeats from their previous visits to Casablanca.
They are now two points clear at the top of Group C where USM Alger are second.
While saying he would have preferredÃ‚Â a scoring draw, Mosimane feels he plotted successfully.
Ã¢Â€ÂœThe game came out the way we expectedÃ¢Â€Âš a game between Wydad and Sundowns is always like this. If it was a draw I would prefer 1-1 or 2-2 than 0-0Ã¢Â€Âš because a beautiful game like this must have goals,Ã¢Â€Â Mosimane was quoted as saying by Times Live.
Ã¢Â€ÂœWe started better and it was a game of two halves. First half we took it. The last 15-20 minutes they put a lot of pressure on us. But we defended very clean and did not make mistakesÃ¢Â€Âš normally we make mistakes.Ã¢Â€Â
Mosimane saidÃ‚Â he got his tactics correct by shutting down WydadÃ¢Â€Â™s wings, therefore shutting down theÃ‚Â supply to the strikers.
Ã¢Â€ÂœI am happy we dealt very well with the number nine [El Kaabi]Ã¢Â€Âš he is a very good playerÃ¢Â€Âš powerfulÃ¢Â€Âš and we gave him no chance to face the goalsÃ¢Â€Âš he was only facing his own goal,Ã¢Â€Â said Mosimane.
Ã¢Â€ÂœWe also know the right-winger [Badi Aouk] always likes to go down the line to crossÃ¢Â€Âš so we denied him the space.
"Same as [Ismail] El HaddadÃ¢Â€Âš he likes to go down with the [left] wing. If you deal with the wingers then the number nine does not get the ball.
Ã¢Â€ÂœEverything happened as we expectedÃ¢Â€Âš the only time we could have problems is from free-kicks and corner-kicksÃ¢Â€Âš and we were good from those.
Ã¢Â€ÂœWe tried to go with speed behind and Wydad was pulling back because we were fastÃ¢Â€Âš but that gave us space in the midfield to play and we controlled the game there.
Ã¢Â€ÂœIf we took the chance we had in the first half with the player one-on-one with the goalkeeperÃ¢Â€Âš it could have been different."
Sundowns will again be on the road in their next Caf Champions League campaign with a visit to USM Alger two days after Christmas Day.
Wydad will host Petro Atletico.