Johannesburg - Following their goalless draw after 120 minutes, Bidvest Wits had to see off Free State Stars in a penalty shootout in their Nedbank Cup Last 32 clash at the Bidvest Stadium on Saturday night.
Sameehg Doutie, Onismor Bhasera, Thulani Hlatshwayo and Getaneh Kebede converted from the spot whilst captain, Paulus Masehe and striker, Rudolf Bester missed giving the Braamfontein side a 4-2 win.
The hosts started with urgency after Fikru Tefera almost headed home following a great cross from Doutie as early as the second minute.
As the game progressed, the visitors were the better side as they played in the Wits half, however, the combination between the experienced Paulus Masehe and Danny Venter could not produce the results in the 18th minute.
Three minutes later, Katlego Mashego and Bokang Thlone linked up on the right but defender Thulani Hlatshwayo cleared the cross in the box.
A few seconds later, Angelo Kerspuy's attempt from outside the box forced a brilliant save from Moeneeb Josephs who was well positioned.
The half ended 0-0.
Free State came out the better side after the break when Venter missed a golden opportunity in the 48th minute in a on a one-one-one situation with the keeper.
Josephs made another save to deny Venter in the 63rd minute after the forward lost his marker, but saw his shot blocked.
With 14 minutes to go both sides found it hard to get an opener when a cross from the right found substitute Mbuyiselo Thethani who laid it back for Venter, but again Wits cleared.
In the 90th minute, Venter missed for the fourth time when his shot went wide and the match went to extra time.
Neither side could find the winner in the additional 30 minutes and the match was won by Wits on penalties.
Josephs, Hlatshwayo, Shongwe (Faty 102’), Vilakazi (Kebede 77’), Doutie, Mkhwanazi, Nhlapo, Botes (Zuke 55’), Bhasera, Ntshangase, Fikru
Free State Stars
Mathole, Masehe, Mashego, Cardoso, Sankara, Tlhone (Thethani 59’), Rakoti, Abraw (Bester 100’), Sekola, Kerspuy, Venter (Mdluli 106’)