Sundowns beat Chiefs to secure MTN8 semi spot

Sundowns beat Chiefs to secure MTN8 semi spot
Sundowns players celebrates victory during the 2021 MTN8 Quarter Final match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs on 15 August 2021 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Aug 15, 2021. 18:45

Mamelodi Sundowns secured a 2-1 victory over Kaizer Chiefs on penalties following a 2-2 draw in the MTN8 quarter-final match at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday.

Therefore, Masandawana joined Lamontville Golden Arrows and Swallows FC in the semi-finals of the lucrative South African Top 8 tournament.

Masandawana dominated the match from the first whistle with the hosts looking to deliver crosses for their targetman Peter Shalulile.

The move paid off in the ninth minute as Lyle Lakay played a wonderful cross which was headed home by Shalulile to hand Sundowns a well-deserved 1-0 lead.

The hosts were controlling the midfield and midfield general Motho Mvala played a delightful pass for Themba Zwane which penetrated the Amakhosi defence.

Zwane had the time and space to unleash a low powerful shot that beat goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune hands down to make it 2-0 to Sundowns seven minutes before the half-hour mark.

However, Chiefs managed to pull back when Blom delivered a quality cross which was headed home by Bernard Parker to make it 2-1 in the 38th minute and Sundowns were leading at half-time.

Chiefs launched attacks after the start as they looked to level matters and coach Stuart Baxter introduced Keagan Dolly, who made an instant impact on his debut for Amakhosi.

The Bafana Bafana international played a defence-splitting pass for fellow former Sundowns player Khama Billiat, who then fired past keeper Kennedy Mweene to make it 2-2 in the 59th minute.

Sundowns’ co-head coaches Manqoba Mngqithi and Rhulani Mokwena reacted by introducing their new Slovakian centre forward Pavol Safranko with the Tshwane giants determined to restore their lead.

It was end-to-end stuff in the closing stages as Khune made a smart save from Neo Maema’s shot-cum-cross and Mweene pulled off a fine save to deny Phathutshedzo Nange at the other end.

The Gauteng Derby encounter ended in a 2-2 draw in regulation time and extra-time followed.

There were no goals in extra-time with Khune making a great save to deny Lakay, while Mweene produced a comfortable save from Samir Nurkovic’s shot and a penalty shootout followed.

Sundowns went on to win 2-1 on penalties with Mweene denying Nurkovic, Erick Mathoho and Nkosingiphile Ngcobo from the spot-kick.

Sundowns (2) 2 (Shalulile 9′, Zwane 23′)

Chiefs (1) 2 (Parker 38, Billiat 59′)

Chiefs: Khune, Blom, Hlanti, Mathoho, Cardoso, Nange (Agay 91′), Billiat (N.Ngcobo 98′), Alexander (Frosler 104′), Nurkovic, Sekgota (Dolly 59′), Parker (Radebe 98′).

Sundowns: Mweene, Mudau (Morena 89′), Lakay, De Reuck, Lebusa, Coetzee (Kutumela 105′), Mvala (Jali 64′), Domingo (Maema 74′), Zwane, Modiba (Safranko 64′), Shalulile.

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