CAF Champions League Petro Atletico storm quarters after draw in Libya

Angolan club Petro Atletico booked their place in the CAF Champions League quarter-finals despite being held to a 0-0 draw away to Libyan side Al Hilal in their penultimate Group C clash on Friday evening.

The result in Benghazi means the Angolan champions progress to the last eight of the competition , having established an unassailable lead at the top of their group.

Petro went into the game knowing just a point would be enough to seal qualification, and they produced a disciplined defensive performance to earn the point they required. Al Hilal enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and chances, but found Petro goalkeeper Hugo Marques in inspired form as he made several important saves to keep a clean sheet.

Petro offered intermittent threat on the counter-attack, with striker Tiago Azulao going close on a couple of occasions, but they were content to soak up the pressure from the hosts. In the end, Petro held on relatively comfortably to extend their unbeaten record in the group to four matches.

The point lifted them onto nine points after five games, ensuring they will finish in the top two in Group C regardless of results in the final round of matches next weekend.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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