Goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene was the hero for Mamelodi Sundowns as the Brazilians beat Kaizer Chiefs on penalties to advance to the semifinals of the MTN8 at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Man-of-the-match Mweene made four saves in the route of the spotkicks and was only beaten by Keagan Dolly as Sundowns won the annoying shootout 2-1 in Atteridgeville.
Mweene delivered a sterling performance in the route of the shootout and was also in impressed form in the route of regulation time, the assign the two facets cancelled each other out to produce at 2-2 after additional time.
It was a game of intense drama and Sundowns were always expected to select the game to a Chiefs aspect that is easy very essential in the building levels beneath fresh coach Stuart Baxter, and attempting secure its foothold in the domestic game.
And certainly, the Brazilians did exactly that in regulation time when livewire Peter Shalulile rose above two Chiefs defenders to beat goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune with a shapely header after a shapely beginning from Lyle Lakay in the ninth minute.
Shalulile developed an wonderful urge for food for desires last season and Baxter can were dissatisfied by the relative ease the Namibian had when rising above his supposed minders to place the home aspect first on the scoreboard.
Sundowns weren’t done and returned to haunt defenders Erick Mathoho and Daniel Cardoso in the 23rd minute when Mothobi Mvala delivered a crisp pass that found Themba Zwane, and the footballer of the of season did no longer want a second invitation to beat Khune with a low shot.
It regarded the flood gates would birth at that stage as Chiefs were struggling to contain the league champions. But Baxter’s teams always grasp a tough determination about them and it was no surprise when the visitors pulled one advantage courtesy of extinct Bernard Parker after a beginning from Njabulo Blom in the 38th minute.
The two facets went into the half of time spoil with Sundowns leading 2-1. But Chiefs had other ideas in the second half of and former Sundowns avid gamers Keagan Dolly and Khama Billiat linked up to draw Amakhosi degree at 2-2 in the 58th minute in Atteridgeville.
Dolly delivered the crisp pass that Billiat extinct to perfection to beat Sundowns goalkeeper Mweene and draw degree in the 38th minute.
The two facets might presumably well well no longer secure a scheme past each other after that and went to additional time easy locked at 2-2.
But the prolonged length did no longer yield any trade and it was left up to the lottery of the shootout to resolve the consequence of this advance upon.
Sundowns then held their nerve to have interaction and advance to the semis.