Sundowns in shock Telkom Knockout exit

Sundowns in shock Telkom Knockout exit
Lebohang Maboe of Mamelodi Sundowns and Ananias Gebhardt of Baroka FC 2018 Telkom Knockout Cup Quaterfinal match between Baroka FC and Mamelodi Sundowns at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 03 November 2018 ©Kabelo Leputu/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Saturday Nov 03, 2018. 17:09

Mamelodi Sundowns have become shock casualties of the Telkom Knockout quarterfinals after they were beaten 2-0 by hosts Baroka FC at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday.

The Brazilians put in a sub-par performance by their standards and were outfought by a determined Bakgaga team, who took full advantage of some fortune in the attacking third and put in a brave rearguard action to secure a place in the final four.

Sundowns dominated possession and created more chances from the early stages, but they had to wait until the 19th minute to call Baroka goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze into serious action, as he sprung to his right to claim an attempted lob from Gaston Sirino.

Yet it was Baroka who claimed the lead midway through the first half: Mosa Lebusa was somewhat harshly penalised for a hand-ball in the 18-yard area and midfielder Mduduzi Mdantsane converted from the spot to make it 1-0 in the 22nd minute.

Sundowns looked to get back on level terms through the remainder of the first half, but struggled to find their attacking rhythm. In fact the best chance for another goal arrived a few minutes before the break from a Baroka corner kick, with an unmarked Tebogo Sodi heading wide of the far stick.

Sundowns made their first change on the hour mark and looked to boost their attack with the introduction of Jeremy Brockie in place of Toni Silva, but eight minutes later they were down 2-0 in the most unfortunate circumstances.

Baroka’s first substitute, Matome Kgoetyane, fired in a low cross from the right flank which deflected off Lebusa and wrong-footed Reyaad Pieterse – the goalkeeper attempted to recover, but only succeeded in knocking the ball into his own net.

‘Downs manager Pitso Mosimane soon gambled by throwing on both Aubrey Ngoma and Phakamani Mahlambi in an attempt to make something happen for his team, but the Limpopo hosts remained unmovable at the back.

Even when Ngoma send a brilliant long-range effort toward the top corner of the net in the 84th minute, Chipezeze was on hand to make an acrobatic save and ensure Baroka sealed a famous cup victory.

Baroka FC (1) 2 (Mdantsane 22’ pen, Pieterse 68’ og)
Mamelodi Sundowns 0

Baroka: Chipezeze, Semenya, Sibiya, Makume, Gebhardt, Mabeba, Mdantsane, Mosele, Chawapiwa (Kgoetyane 66’), Sodi (Nkausu 90+4’), Makgantai (Kgaswane 88’)

Sundowns: Pieterse, Morena, Nascimento, Lebusa, Lakay, Mabunda, Jali, Maboe (Ngoma 80’), Zwane (Mahlambi 79’), Silva (Brockie 60’), Sirino


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