Sundowns started the game on the front foot and could have been a goal up inside ten minutes when Keagan Dolly went on a marauding run down the left wing and cut the ball back for Leonardo Castro, but his first time strike was well blocked by Vita defender Patrick Lema Mampuya.
The home team started slowly and were restricted to long range efforts by Pitso Motsimane’s men, but in the 25th minute Lomalisa Mutambala won the ball back in midfield but his effort was wide of Denis Onyango’s goal.
Castro and Dolly were a handful for the Black Dolphins to deal with and on the stroke of halftime the two once again combined, but just as the Colombian pulled the trigger he was met with a last stitch tackle by Kupa Makwekwe.
The second half followed suit as the Brazilians did the hard running. Dolly continued to influence the game and five minutes after the restart he found Castro with a ball over the top of the defence who laid the ball on a plate for Themba Zwane but he failed to hit the target.
Onyango was called into action a minute later when Bernard Morrison tricked his way into the box but the Downs shotstopper was quick off his line to thwart the Ghanaian forward.
The deadlock was broken a minute into second half stoppage time. Morrison’s low effort was well saved by Onyango but the rebound was clinically finished by Luvumbu to hand the Congolese side a one nil home victory to take into the second leg in two weeks time.