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Sundowns cruise past Pirates to set up Nedbank Cup semifinal against TTM

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Sundowns cruise past Pirates to set up Nedbank Cup semifinal against TTM
Mamelodi Sundowns will face Tshakum FC within the Nedbank Cup semifinals on April 18 2021 at Loftus.

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Mamelodi Sundowns persevered their domineering jog on the home scene with a complete 4-1 thrashing of hapless Orlando Pirates in their Nedbank Cup, quarterfinal match at Loftus on Thursday night time.

With this victory  the Brazilians have booked a characteristic within the semifinal with Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) on Sunday at dwelling the keep they’ll be taking a stare to take care of their hopes of a treble alive.

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They are quiet within the quarterfinal of the Caf Champions League and are taking half in a six point lead on the top of the DStv Premiership over 2nd-positioned AmaZulu, who have played two video games more.

This victory, done thru a purpose within the first half of by Peter Shalulile and three more by Themba Zwane, Lesedi Kapinga and Hlompho Kekana after the atomize, has stretched their home unbeaten jog to 23 suits.

It is furthermore worth noting that after they line-up against TTM on Sunday within the semis, it is miles going to their fourth match in 10 days following contemporary outings against CR Belouizdad of Algeria, Chippa United and Pirates.

The match got off to a flying initiating and Pirates got an early harm scare when goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands wanted scientific consideration after he became once struck on the head by a shut fluctuate shot from Shalulile.

There became once some other scare for Pirates a couple of minutes later when defender Paseka Mako awkwardly fell to the ground after he collided with Gaston Sirino however he became once in a characteristic to proceed with the match after a concussion test.

Sundowns opened the scoring after 12 minutes thru the bother of Shalulile, who beat Sandilands with a shot from initiating air the box after he got a cleverly taken lengthy walk from Rivaldo Coetzee.

On the half of hour save, Shalulile and Zwane failed to discuss interior the box and an opportunity to expand their lead went begging after they breached the Pirates defence.

It became once no longer all about Sundowns as Pirates had their vital moments thru Deon Hotto, Gabadinho Mhango and Tshegofatsho Mabasa, however the Sundowns defence marshaled by Mosa Lebusa and Rushine de Reuck stood firm.

Pirates got it factual appropriate after the half of hour save when Mabasa equalised when he connected with a walk from Mhango from the left aspect after the Sundowns defence became once caught napping.

Four minutes from the atomize, Lebusa produced a timely sliding address interior the box to bid purpose-sure Mhango as Pirates persevered to form possibilities seeking out the 2nd purpose.

Sundowns retook the lead three minutes after the restart thru the sensational Zwane when he struck with his weaker left foot from an correct attitude to accumulate the rep after Sundowns got the upper of the Pirates defence.

Sundowns ensured passage to the semifinal with a properly taken purpose curling shot by Kapinga after he got the ball from Zwane after 78 minutes and this match became once set aside past doubt by Kekana five minutes from time.

by Mahlatse Mphahlele

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Sundowns cruise past Pirates to set up Nedbank Cup semifinal against TTM