MTN 8 News 13.8.2017 07:09 pm

Maritzburg upset Sundowns

Pitso Mosimane, coach of Mamelodi Sundowns (Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix)

Pitso Mosimane, coach of Mamelodi Sundowns (Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix)

Maritzburg United caused a huge upset as they edged out Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 in a MTN8 quarterfinal at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

It was 0-0 at halftime.

The draw for the semifinals of the competition was made immediately after the match, with Cape Town City taking on Bidvest Wits and SuperSport United up against Maritzburg. It will be played over two legs, with the first leg scheduled for the weekend of August 26.

Sundowns and Maritzburg got Sunday’s game off to a pulsating opening period, demonstrating the intent that both teams were desperate for the win. Khama Billiat had the first opportunity for the Pretoria club, but his effort was well-saved by Maritzburg goalkeeper Bongani Mpandle.

Not to be undone, Maritzburg rattled back with a chance of their own, with Lebogang Maboe having two bites at the cherry, but Sundowns keeper Kennedy Mweene was up to the task.
With Percy Tau and Yannick Zakri starting to make their presence felt, Sundowns started to dominate proceedings, but Maritzburg’s defence got stuck in and they proved extremely difficult to break down.

More chances accrued, at both ends, with Maritzburg always dangerous on the break. Tebogo Langerman had an attempt stopped by Mpandle, while Maboe again went close for the team from Maritzburg.

The teams went into the break goalless and there was no difference in the complexion of the game when play resumed in the second half, with Sundowns trying to break down the opposition defence and Maritzburg, in turn, hitting on the counter.

Maritzburg’s determination was rewarded in the 58th minute when they took the lead with a fine finish from Evans Rusike.

This was the cue for Sundowns to throw everything at Maritzburg in a desperate attempt to get back on level terms. Tau, Thapelo Moreno and Billiat threw the kitchen sink at the opposition, but to no avail. Substitute Anthony Laffor had an opening to equalise for Sundowns, but was denied by a great block from defender Bevan Fransman.

It was all one-way traffic in the closing stages as Sundowns tried valiantly to find a way beyond Maritzburg’s resolute defence. But it was not to be and the team from KwaZulu-Natal won through to the semi-finals.

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fixtures

FS Stars vs SuperSport
Sundowns vs Maritzburg Utd
CT City vs AmaZulu
Sundowns vs Celtic

results

Arrows 0-1 Sundowns
Celtic 3-0 FS Stars
Ajax CT 1-0 Chippa Utd
Pirates 1-1 AmaZulu

psl log

# Team GP Pts
1 Mamelodi Sundowns 11 22
2 Orlando Pirates 14 20
3 Kaizer Chiefs 14 19
4 Bloem Celtic 12 19
5 Chippa United 14 19
6 Baroka FC 14 19
7 Cape Town City 13 18
8 Maritzburg United 12 17
9 Golden Arrows 14 17
10 Free State Stars 13 16
11 SuperSport United 8 15
12 AmaZulu 12 15
13 Ajax Cape Town 13 13
14 Polokwane City 13 12
15 Platinum Stars 14 12
16 Bidvest Wits 13 11

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