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Nedbank Cup last-32 match report Ajax Cape Town 0 Mamelodi Sundowns 1

Posted: 21 February 2014 Time: 19:28

Mamelodi Sundowns advanced to the last-16 of the Nedbank Cup following a 1-0 victory over 10-man Ajax Cape Town in the Mother City on Friday night. 

The Brazilians deservedly progressed thanks to a stunning 60th minute strike from substitute Rodney Ramagalela.

Ajax, who lost 3-2 to Sundowns in the Premiership last weekend, had their captain Dominic Isaacs sent off in the dying stages of the tie on his return from suspension. 

In an open contest, Downs suffered a setback seven minutes in, as Bafana Bafana striker Katlego Mashego strained his groin when shooting and had to be replaced by Ramagalela. 

The visitors, though, still had the better of the play, with ex-Urban Warrior Khama Billiat thundering a volley over from inside the area, while Teko Modise nearly scored with an attempted cross from the right, but Ajax goalkeeper Brandon Petersen did well to tip the effort over in the 30th minute.

Soon after, the 19-year-old Petersen dropped down smartly to keep out a dipping shot from lanky Liberian Anthony Laffor, who was promoted to the starting lineup in the place of midfield enforcer Hlompho Kekana.

Modise had another chance just before the interval, but he skied his attempt narrowly over after latching onto a Bongani Zungu headed flick-on in the box.

The home side showed greater intensity after the recess. However, they were knocked back when Ramagalela released an unstoppable first-time shot into the top corner with the outside of his boot from 20 yards, with Billiat providing the assist.

Ajax were further hampered when former skipper Granwald Scott was stretchered off in the 65th minute following a heavy clash of heads with Ramagalela, prompting the introduction of Cole Alexander.

Roger de Sa's men continued to fight for a way back but were ultimately unable to breach a miserly Downs defensive unit, with Isaacs getting dismissed for a second bookable offence in the final minute.

Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2014-02-21 17:39:42

Tanx coach 4 resting Kekana he's got a big job 2 do on tuesday

posted: 2014-02-21 17:40:36

Kanti what's wrong ngoJaakkola?

posted: 2014-02-21 17:42:43

Sundowns' line-up looks very attacking.

posted: 2014-02-21 17:53:42

Who is officiating in this game?Any idea fans?

posted: 2014-02-21 18:02:02

mxm le coach ifake o popey kwi starting 11 how can you put hlatshwayo on the bench nd u changing jaakkola as well

Silver Line KBY
posted: 2014-02-21 18:05:44

We must finish Ajax in 90 minutes. No extra time nor penalties. We're preparing a huge game next week Tuesday against rats, (a game that will take us to the promised land).

posted: 2014-02-21 18:18:49

SabeloMazibuko  lol, he's got an unfinished business with Senzo Meyiwa.

posted: 2014-02-21 18:19:07

Ds dolly boy is class, d future luks bright

posted: 2014-02-21 18:22:48

Ja sure he will readmitted afta the mach

posted: 2014-02-21 18:25:16

what score bafethu plz

posted: 2014-02-21 18:36:48

When these Ajax boys were playing against Pirates they were running mad like someone running into jam packed restaurant wearing 1 of these explosive vests in a hurry to 2 blow himself , look @ them 2day , nxa

posted: 2014-02-21 18:37:43

FrankT  what, are they lacking sharpness

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-02-21 18:42:20

Have a feeling downs r going home tonight no progression

posted: 2014-02-21 19:12:11

Danunu danunu it is going to be dificult to win without your Gomez penalty.

posted: 2014-02-21 19:14:15

We want to concetrate on the leag by pitso after lost to ajax today.

posted: 2014-02-21 19:26:21

Something closer to that , on the other hand u can See that All their Energy was used up against Pirates

posted: 2014-02-21 20:01:44

Well done Downs

Eric Ramasike
posted: 2014-02-21 20:02:16

pitso n his comments

posted: 2014-02-21 20:04:14

 It only took individual brilliance by Ramagalela for Sundowns to advance to the next stage against 10men Ajax Cape town ......what a goal ! It remind me of the type of goals we are now Used to see week in week out in the mountain of Molotov

Mhlonishwa Jabz1Two3Cebz
posted: 2014-02-21 20:04:25

"We are not small boys in this game" Pitso

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