Sundowns edge past FC Cape Town


The game ended 0-0 and went into extra time, after an impressive showing from the home side.

The result reflects well on Sundowns, who battled to get into their stride against the indomitable First Division outfit.

Cape Town came out fighting, and showed no hint of nerves, creating several chances in the first 15 minutes of the game.

In the 10th minute Theo Shiluvane sent a good cross into the area, and Michael Manzini had to act fast to clear the ball ahead of Marcellino Fransch.

Kanika Matondo took the resulting corner, and found Michael Mutenyenda unmarked in the box, but the defender skied his shot over the bar.

Sundowns’ first half efforts were mainly long-range attempts, with Mbulelo Mabizela and Manzini both missing the target.

In the 38th minute Sundowns wasted their best chance of the half when an unmarked Mabizela sent a header over the crossbar.

The Tshwane side enjoyed the majority of possession after the break, but battled to turn that into concrete chances.

Cape Town’s Mutenyenda broke down the right wing for the first chance of the second half, but blasted his effort over the bar.

Downs could have made it 1-0 in the 63rd minute, when Surprise Moriri provided Peter Ndlovu with a great opportunity from 13 yards out, but the Zimbabwean sent his shot over the bar.

Cape Town star Zeka Karkee looked sure to send his team ahead in the 71st minute, when he broke through with only the keeper to beat, but Brian Baloyi pulled of a great save to keep the Brazilians in the game.

Five minutes into extra time Breslyn Hempe brought Lerato Chabangu down in the box, and Moriri slotted the resulting penalty home calmly and efficiently to put the Premiership title-holders 1-0 up.

The goal subdued the First Division side, and Ndlovu capitalised in the 108th with a great shot from a tight angle, to make it 2-0 and send Downs through to the semifinals.