Sundowns down Usuthu
Teko Modise (Gallo Images)
Durban - Mamelodi Sundowns defeated AmaZulu 2-0 at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday afternoon to book their place in the semifinals of the Telkom Knockout.
Second half goals from Eleazar Rodgers and Teko Modise were enough for Johan Neesken’s side to see out an AmaZulu side which played too conservatively on the day.
Despite playing away from home, Sundowns took the first initiative and came close to breaking the deadlock in the 16th minute but both Tebogo Langerman and Anthony Laffor saw their efforts deflected away by defenders.
The hosts created one of their rare chances in the 25th minute, but Nyiko Tshabangu fired wide from the left after he was set up by Dulee Johnson.
A minute later it was Sundowns who forced the goalkeeper to make a save when Rodgers connected with a cross from Laffor, but Philani Zikalala watched the ball safely into his gloves.
The visitors had an even better chance in the 37th minute when they were awarded a penalty for a handball by Carlington Nyadombo, but Laffor saw his low shot saved by Zikalala, who dived to his right.
The opening goal arrived in the 53rd minute from a quick break which saw Jabulani Shongwe playing a defence-splitting pass to release Rodgers on the left, and the lanky striker placed his shot at the far post to score his first goal for the Brazilians, 1-0.
Johnson had a chance to reply for his side in the 67th minute from a freekick just outside the box, and although he found the target, his effort lacked the pace to cause problems for the goalkeeper.
Things turned from bad to worse for the home side in the 77th minute when they were reduced to ten men as Nyadombo received his marching orders for a second bookable offence.
Sundowns then made use of the numerical advantage by spreading the ball wide and in the 81st minute both Modise and Rodgers headed wide after connecting with crosses from Doctor Mampuru.
Modise did eventually give his side the much-needed second goal in the 85th minute with a well-taken penalty kick after Philani Cele was adjudged to have fould substitute Nyasha Mushekwi in the box.
Mamelodi Sundowns (0) 2 (Rodgers 53’, Modise 85’)
AmaZulu: Zikalala, Mokoro, V Heerden, Nyadombo, Cele, Kgatla, Senamela (Mbele 86’), Mshengu, Johnson (Dlamini G. 79’), Dlamini A, Tshabangu (Thwala 58’)
Mamelodi Sundowns: Onyango, Daniels, Langerman, Mampuru, Schuts, Rodgers, Nyandoro, Laffor (Mushekwi 71’), Pelembe, Modise, Shongwe (Kekana 74’)