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Sundowns through in Nedbank Cup

Posted: 9 May 2010 Time: 17:08

Mamelodi Sundowns beat Orlando Pirates 3-1 in the Nedbank Cup quarter-final on Sunday.

The game ended 1-1 at full-time, and Sundowns scored twice in extra time to take the game.

Isaac Chansa opened the scoring for Bucs with a penalty in the 8th minute.

Downs equalised through Koketso Mmotong on 83 minutes, and scored again three minutes into extra time through Lebohang Mokoena. Tso Vilakazi added a third on 115 minutes.

Pirates were down to 10 men after Josephy Kamwendo had received his second yellow card in the second half.

Ruud Krol's side started with a real sense of purpose and energy, which they maintained throughout the first half.

Sundowns coach Trott Moloto did not seem to have got his tactics quite right and his cause was not aided by some lacklustre play by Downs.

And it took Bucs just eight minutes to take the lead when Phenyo Mongala earned a penalty after he drew Esrom Nyandoro into a foul inside the box.

Isaac Chansa did the honours, beating the outstretched hands of Brian Baloyi with a spot kick into the right hand side of the net.

Pirates continued to dominate the game, looking far more hungry and they were close to a second when Mongala’s shot was deflected towards Mabena, but Baloyi made a brave save.

Mabena then missed a great chance when he was picked out by Mongala’s cross, his indecisiveness proving costly.

Sundowns had to wait until first half injury time for their first real chance, which saw Matthew Pattison bringing down a through ball expertly but then not having enough purchase on his right-footed shot which was saved by Senzo Meyiwa.

Pirates had two late chances in the half, but Mabena and Thulasizwe Mbuyane were not able to capitalise on a couple of goal-mouth scrambles.

Sundowns were given a lifeline to get back into a game in which they had been second best when Sea Robbers midfielder Joseph Kamwendo received his marching orders for second yellow card after 51 minutes.

This proved to be a pivotal moment as the complexion of the game changed dramatically after that.

Now it was the Brazilians who were on the front foot, pushing forward in wave after wave of attacks.

Bucs though did well to protect Meyiwa, but with the pressure remaining consistent from Sundowns, something had to give.

The breakthrough for the Tshwane side came in the 78th minute when Mmotong was left unmarked at the back post to slot home a straightforward first time shot.

Pirates though still had fight in them and it was the Soweto side who enjoyed the better of the chances in the remainder of regulation time as Dikgang Mabalane went close and Chansa had an 86th minute effort saved by Baloyi.

Sundowns appeared to be running out of steam towards the end of the 90 minutes, and the sides looked evenly matched.

But the Brazilians took the lead with a goal out of nothing when Mmotong’s snap shot struck the post, allowing Lebo Mokoena to slot home into an empty net from six yards out.

Pirates had to wait until the second period of extra time for the opportunity to level the game, but Chansa shot weakly while Mabalane’s cross glanced the bar.

But with Bucs throwing everything forward, gaps opened up at the back and Benedict Vilakazi added a third goal five minutes from time.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:35 pm
Wonder,Sweyts and Sunflops fans. Well done guys. i'm so happy that u knocked Kwakhala Nyonini FC out this tournmnt. Well done. My blood is Gold &Black
posted: 10:35 pm
Well as much as I hate Pirates I think for the sake of our football in the country it should not be said that Piartes players are useless its just that there is some bad luck that is following Pirates, By the way congratulations to sundowns I just hope you don't get dissapointed pretty soon. Big clubs these days are not reliable but these are the 3 things that are reliable about each of them:
1. Kaizer Chiefs will always win a cup in a season.
2. Orlando Pirates will alwys dissapoint their fans by winning nothing for the whole season.
3. Sundowns will always beat Chiefs and Pirates atleast once (each) in a season.

And people it doesnot get any reliable than this...
posted: 11:09 pm
congratulation to mostepe's boys sundowns and pie-rats was beaten by pirates ex-plays,cheesboy and tso vilakazi,so the score is simple 1-pirates and 3-pirates and sundowns dedicet this win to als puk tawana,saying u will learn from the best,to tso and chessboy u are rocking and pattison u are the real powerhouse,as they say dankie ha nye,dankie ha bedi,dankie ha raro,shapa downs-tawana shapa.
posted: 11:23 pm
My next prayer, is to see this Sunflops knocked out by USUTHU izingane zikaNkotheni ezika mandlakazi and believe me Sunflops will not smell this Nedbank Cup
Mesh - K 4 L
posted: 06:48 am
Ag i bArKs ifile man!!!!Just wondering why krol replaced the most dangerous player Mongalo?How stupid again for bringing in deadwood Mashego,these man was the different between the two teams.
I so wished that bARkS could beat these nywere nywere team,but Hell no!

I bet ma last cent no baRkS fan ever put a bet on these dead team.
I always thot they might win a cup in 2050,but now i looks really bad
Maybe they will win in 5050 tjoo tjoo tjoo!!!Pirates madoda.
Thank God no one in ma family supports these losers!!!
posted: 07:03 am
Well done Downs. Let The Bucks celebrate their 10 years of 'no trophy'
posted: 07:11 am
allpsltrophies ur an idiot were does my mother and gf cum in al of this.ur age is showing nw ur lyk a used condom boi useles.
posted: 07:15 am
mash potato: i trust you saw how many people attended yesterday's game unless u were listening on radio. Contrary to what u think Mazambane isnt de only team that fills stadium. By de way how's golf? Sadly some teams supporters are more miserable than sonono's now dat we've won. I want this overated Amazulu now. Sundowns is a big team which is why it will be perfect for us to open soccer city on may 22 whilst some overated useless teams are on special leave
posted: 07:22 am
You don't abuse our Children and gets away with, Tawana, this was for you, like any father would have done, that's what sundowns did, It was so sad to see "Pearl" crying on national Tv.
posted: 07:25 am
Well done Downs. Let the Bucks celebrate their 10 years of 'no trophy'
posted: 07:26 am
Ooh again, Sundowns And Inter Milan has something in common - Both will be celebrating on the 22nd of May, watch the space.
posted: 07:29 am
Nkadimo.there were 226 sunflop suporters.
posted: 07:46 am
@thembile.a used condom is ur mum who's cheating on ur dat wit a kc suporter.
posted: 07:49 am
There is no need to insult the bucks players and coach this is football on the day bucks were unlucky and taking to the cleaners by an experienced Downs side.Krol did his best dnt blame hm,he took Mongala off bcoz he had flu and cudnt breath atlest that what he said in his match interview.Blame the players 4 lack of comitment.Sky is the limit.
posted: 07:52 am
allpsltrophies ur a idiot seriously
Khosi 4 Life Since 1970
posted: 07:57 am
I went to my Family doctor on Friday to do my quartely medical check up. On my visit to the doctor concerned, He has discovered that I have piocked up some weight, and when I asked him where does he base him statement from, he simple ask me this important health question: Which PSL team are you supporting? and I said Kaizer Chiefs, the Cup Kings of South Africa, The Glamour boys. He said to me, okay I can see why you have pick up some weight it is because you are stress free,

But the doctor has recommended that should I need to loose weight any time, I must stop going to the gym, Follow a strict diet, But I should just support Orlando Pirates, becaus ethat is sure way of loosing weight or to get stress.

When I went to the Church Yesterday, My Pastor read a scripture on John 14, Verse 1 and 2. After that I have realised that I have made a good choice by supporting KC.

To all the Bucs, supporters, You have a choice right now to join Chiefs, and chiefs PR Department is willing to offer you 80% dicount on the membership fee.
posted: 07:57 am
Quick update:

Sea Robbers 1 - 3 Downs

see you at soccer city whether you like it or not you will buy those tickets to witness Sundowns taking that damn cup.
posted: 08:05 am

& Sunflops wont make it .

Hola mabhakaniya sobonana ku Vodacom.....Bulala Khosi
posted: 08:08 am
Pirates will never win a cup with their ladies players. How can you expect to beat Sundowns with ladies like Mashego.
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 08:13 am
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