Sundowns beat Pirates to book semi-final spot

Sundowns beat Pirates to book semi-final spot
Themba Zwane of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates goal with teammates during the 2021 Nedbank Cup Quarterfinal match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates on the 15 April 2021 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium/ Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Apr 15, 2021. 21:12

Mamelodi Sundowns defeated Orlando Pirates 4-1 in the Nedbank Cup quarter-final match at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Thursday night.


As a result, Masandawana booked their place in the semi-finals where they are scheduled to face Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila on Sunday, while the Buccaneers crashed out of the tournament.


Masandawana, who are the defending champions, dominated possession from the first whistle with defender-turned-midfielder Rivaldo Coetzee pulling the strings from midfield for the home side.


Coetzee played a long ball to an unmarked Peter Shalulile, who beat Pirates goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands with a low shot to hand Sundowns a 1-0 lead just 12 minutes into the game.


The hosts continued to attack after taking the lead and they should have made it 2-0 in the 29th minute, but Shalulile was indecisive from close range and Pirates cleared their lines.


The Buccaneers did not make the same mistake at the other end four minutes later as Tshegofatso Mabaso netted from close range to make it 1-1 after being set-up Frank Mhango.


Sundowns then pressed Pirates and Gaston Sirino had two good chances in the 38th minute and 39th minute, but the Uruguayan playmaker was denied by Sandilands on both occasions.


Pirates looked dangerous on the counter-attack and Mhango failed to convert two golden opportunities just before half-time as he hit the crossbar and Mosa Lebusa cleared the ball before the Pirates striker could shoot.


The Buccaneers started the second-half slowly and they allowed Masandawana to control the match and the hosts restored their lead after some good work by Shalulile.


The Namibia international held the ball up very well for Themba Zwane, who then hit the back of the net to make it 2-1 to Sundowns four minutes into the second-half.


Zwane was hungry for goals on the night as the Bafana Bafana international’s curling effort which was heading for the top left corner was parried away by Sandilands in the 68th minute.


Pirates then survived a scare a minute later when Rushine De Reuck’s header was cleared off the goal-line by Ben Motshwari and at the other end, Sundowns keeper Denis Onyango blocked an effort from Lebusa, who nearly netted an own-goal.


Sundowns then deservedly extended their lead to 3-1 in the 78th minute when Zwane set-up Lesedi Kapinga and the second-half substitute scored with a thunderous shot with Sandilands rooted to the ground.


The hosts continued to attack in the closing proceedings and another second-half substitute scored in the 86th minute when Hlompho Kekana netted with a powerful low shot to seal Sundowns’ 4-1 win over Pirates.


Sundowns (1) 4 (Shalulile 12′, Zwane 49′, Kapinga 78′, Kekana 86′)

Pirates (1) 1 (Mabasa 33′)


Sundowns: Onyango, De Reuck, Lebusa, Coetzee Morena, Modiba, Maboe (Kekana 76′), Mkhulise, Sirino (Kapinga 76′), Zwane (Mkhuma 90’+1), Shalulile.

Pirates: Sandilands, Hlatshwayo (Mntambo 82′), Jele, Nyauza, Mako, Motshwari (Ndlovu 83′), Makaringe, Monare, Mhango, Hotto, Mabasa (Pule 70′).







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