United beat Sundowns to book TKO semifinal spot

SuperSport United were flawless from 12 yards as they edged defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns 3-1 on penalties to book their place in the Telkom Knockout semifinals, at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Saturday evening

The game was deadlocked at 0-0 after 120 minutes with Matsatsantsa playing half the game with 10-men; Onismor Bhasera seeing red for the visitors.

Having absorbed wave after wave of pressure, Ronwen Williams saved two spot-kicks as SuperSport sealed their place in the next round.

The Brazilians probed early on with the Sundowns attack in unison as Percy Tau raced passed his marker before forcing Williams into a save from an acute angle on two minutes. Wayne Arendse nodded the resulting corner-kick over the crossbar.

Tau in particular made a blistering start to the clash with the African Champions seemingly back to their brilliant best.

The Brazilians youth product almost responsible for what would have undoubtedly been one of the stand-out goals of the season. Having dispossessed Reneilwe Letsholonyane in his own half, Tau blazed three SuperSport defenders before teeing up Khama Billiat - the Zimbabwean unlucky to see his shot roll narrowly wide of goal.

Sundowns' domination continued and after Tau played Billiat through on goal the hosts looked sure to score, but the latter could only succeed in blazing his shot over the crossbar on 18 minutes.

SuperSport almost made the hosts rue all their squandered opportunities as Jeremy Brockie saw his free-kick attempt canon off the woodwork in the 23rd minute.

Billiat and Tau continued to threaten the SuperSport goal and the duo teamed up for one last time in the half, six minutes before the break - Williams, though, was alert the danger as he rushed off his line to gather the ball.

SuperSport conjured the first attempt of the second stanza with a lucky deflection falling into the path of Brockie two minutes after the interval, the New Zealand international unable to beat Kennedy Mweene who made a good save at his near post.

Matsatsantsa suffered a major blow in the 63rd minute as Bhasera received his marching orders. Following a foul on Billiat, the fullback picked up his first caution, but following an exchange of words with Victor Gomes - the referee duly dismissed the fullback.

Hlompho Kekana went close from the resulting free-kick, sending his attempt onto the post as Williams remained rooted to the spot.

In an extraordinary end to regulation time, SuperSport missed a glorious chance to sink their rivals with Reneilwe Letsholonyane pouncing on a lapse of concentration by Tebogo Langerman inside his own area - Yeye, though, could only manage to rattle the post before Michael Boxall directed a tap in straight into the grateful hands of Mweene with the goal at his mercy.

With a goal not forthcoming in regulation time the game proceeded to extra-time. Anthony Laffor finally found the back of the net in the 92nd minute - only to be denied by the assistant referee; offside.

Tau had a chance to wrap things up in the 106th minute following a quickly taken free-kick, but with only Williams to beat - he fired his shot high and wide to the frustration of those gathered at the stadium.

Penalties duly ensued with Laffor, Thabo Nthethe and Sibusiso Vilakazi missing from 12 yards, the African Champions - who were very wasteful on the day - crashing out at the hands of their rivals. For SuperSport, victory snapped a seven game losing streak against Sundowns in all competitions.

Mamelodi Sundowns (0) 0

SuperSport United (0) 0

SuperSport win 3-1 on penalties

Mamelodi Sundowns: Mweene; Langerman, Nascimento, Arendse, Morena (Nthethe 121') - Mabunda (Laffor 76'), Kekana - Dolly (Mohomi 88'), Vilakazi, Tau - Billiat

SuperSport United: Williams; Boxall, Booysen, Daniels, Bhasera - Furman,Letsholonyane - Phala (Modiba 78'), Brockie (Farmer 68'), Mnyamane - Grobler (Nkhatha 98')