Cosmos sink Santos from spot
Johannesburg - Relegated Jomo Cosmos stunned Santos in the first round of the Nedbank Cup beating the People's Team 5-4 in a dramatic penalty shootout at the Boland Rugby Stadium on Saturday.
The teams were level 1-1 after extra time in what was a drab gamed marred by poor passing, horrid crossing and lacklustre finishing.
Santos playing their "home" match for the first time at the Boland Stadium took the lead in the 11th minute when Tony Tsabedze did well to beat goalkeeper Avril Phali at the near post, after collecting a great through ball from Mogogi Gabonamong.
The People's Team should have doubled their advantage, with Spelman missing a number of chances. The striker had a nightmare first half and coach Boebie Solomons rightly replaced him with Romano Scott in the 43rd minute.
Cosmos only really kicked into gear in the second stanza, when Mali striker Sekou Camara came on for the ineffective Siza Dlamini in the 56th minute. He made an immediate impact by equalising after Motsoeneng did well to initially block a powerfully struck free kick at the edge of the penalty area by Ousmane Berthe but, from the rebound, Camara fired home an unbeatable shot.
Erwin Isaacs and Gabonamong both came close just after the hour mark. Isaacs then selfishly wasted a chance to grab the winner in the 86th minute when he decided to dribble past one defender too many instead of passing to his better-placed team-mate Graham King.
Cosmos created the only goalscoring chance in extra time when Motsoeneng did well to save Tornado Mongale's shot in the 104th minute. King had a free kick in the 109th minute deflected for a corner. Then, with two minutes remaining, Phali did brilliantly to fist a King thunderbolt over his crossbar to take the game to a penalty shootout.
Tyren Arendse was the villain for Santos as he sent the very first spot kick over the bar, and with the next nine kicks converted, Cosmos won the shoot-out 5-4.
In other cup matches played on Saturday afternoon last season's runners-up Pretoria University defeated Vasco da Gama 5-1 at the LC de Villiers Stadium in Pretoria and, in Tembisa, Black Leopards edged out M Tigers 2-1.