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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 20:04:57

Why they failed to score more goals? Sundown should watch out for this small teams. I am wishing Pirates to draw with Sundown or win. Khosi for life.

posted: 2014-02-21 20:08:44

Glad we won....not a thriller though, just a cautious and conservative match.

posted: 2014-02-21 20:14:30

Well done Masandawana

posted: 2014-02-21 20:15:22

Holla Rama G otherwise well done to Madawana onke nginthandan

posted: 2014-02-21 20:18:59

I am a Pirates fan and wish Sundowns can win on Tuesday but would not be able to swallow that defeat. A draw would not be satisfactory either. Eish! tough maaan. Otherwise I enjoy Sundowns football which reminds me of my team in at their best

posted: 2014-02-21 20:19:46

Well played by sundowns. Ajax tried. Referee was just giving cards for free.

posted: 2014-02-21 20:21:06

This sounds like jealousy, the referee was crazy today

bongani marumo
posted: 2014-02-21 20:23:07

that's for the haters who watched the match thinking of the worst last 16 we made it now we wait and see

posted: 2014-02-21 20:26:42

Mosixty  i hope you find your voice. your silence is disturbing ... at least you are trying to talk, thats encouraging

posted: 2014-02-21 20:29:21

I foresee danger for lazy players next season at Sundowns. With Mahachi, Billiat, Himmonde, the nigerian guy, Zungu, Wome, Pelembe, Mulenga this sundowns side is full of quality all over the park, its going to be difficult to get into this team 

posted: 2014-02-21 20:29:47

Muvhulawa  its a cup, not a goal difference thing. we scored 24 goals against power lines and scored 2 goals against each team including the FSS that knocked you out but we lost in the final and those bunch of goals never counted. We wish that you draw as well in your league match or lose, so nothing special about that and is not even relevant to mention in this thread

posted: 2014-02-21 20:35:58

Beerginner At least is at night you can dream you are allowed is  free world

La Coste (Khosi by Birth)
posted: 2014-02-21 20:37:30

Yho Pitso is scared of Pirates he complains about the players he is going to lose for Tuesday. I thought they have a big squad and quality players. Rats must just walk all over the Makwerekwere FC.

posted: 2014-02-21 20:39:22

khozatin You are a small boy in this game

posted: 2014-02-21 20:44:06

So guys Ramagee was bought in as a substitutes then substituted?

posted: 2014-02-21 20:44:27

La Coste (Khosi by Birth)  Ai you Zebras I give up on you. A coach makes a point about poor reffereing and you say hes scared of a team he just beat days ago

posted: 2014-02-21 20:44:57

Beerginner khozatin Signdowns will never win anything , bet with ur Magogo  

posted: 2014-02-21 20:46:24

That stupid referee is a zebra card carrying member....I hope Bobby will reward him very well for weakening our team ahead of us meeting struggling rats...but still we won't lose to a care taker coach next Tuesday,Ramagalela and Kekane will throw everything on Senzo Khumala

posted: 2014-02-21 20:48:15

La Coste (Khosi by Birth)  your comment needs to be deleted and you banned on xenophobic grounds. Sports is against racism, xenophobia, cheating (drugs, age, etc),  abusive behaviour and is not religiously affiliated. Please communicate your thoughts in a well mannered way

posted: 2014-02-21 20:48:59

Meldinho  Yes.

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