Phokeng - SuperSport
United will take on Kaizer Chiefs in the final of the Nedbank Cup after the
Pretoria outfit scored a penalty in extra-time to claim a 3-2 victory over
Platinum Stars at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace here, outside Rustenburg, on
already safely into the final, United had to come from a goal down to claim the
lead with second half strikes from Kermit Erasmus and Clifford Mulenga. This
after Tintswalo Tshabalala had handed Stars the lead midway through the first
the game reaching its conclusion, Stars fought back to level the game at 2-2
with a 90th minute Thabani Mthembu penalty.
extra-time, veteran Sibusiso Zuma's spot-kick secured Matsatsantsa's passage to
the May 25 final.
their intent early on, testing SuperSport goalkeeper Ronwen Williams from
long-range, before Thuso Phala and Henrico Botes saw their efforts go wayward.
At the other
end, chances fell to Sameehg Doutie and Zuma, but neither was able to make
their presence felt in front of goal.
Then, in the
25th minute, Dikwena took full advantage of a lapse in the SuperSport defence,
allowing Phala to be put through on goal.
rushed out to meet the speedy winger on the edge of the area, squirting the
ball to the right and into the path of an oncoming Tshabalala, who made no
mistake as he slotted home the opener.
the break a goal down, SuperSport responded just five minutes into the second
period through Erasmus's superb volleyed effort.
A neat ball
over the top of the Stars' defence was met with a first-time thunderbolt from
Erasmus, who beat goalkeeper Dambe Kabelo to the far post for the equaliser.
tails up and looking dangerous, Doutie came agonisingly close to doubling the
visitors' tally, but rattled the crossbar with his stinging effort.
settled down until 12 minutes from time, when United showed their pedigree as
Mulenga bundled over the line to steal the lead.
inside Stars' crowded penalty area saw bodies flung towards the ball, before
Kabelo spilled United's initial attempt, leaving Mulenga unchallenged just
metres out and was gifted Matsatsantsa's second.
the final whistle, Stars received a gift of their own, when Phala was brought
down inside the penalty area, leaving referee Jerome Damon no choice but to
point to the penalty spot.
made a superb stop to deny Mthembu from levelling but, to United's dismay,
Damon ordered the spot-kick to be retaken, due to an infringement by United.
stepped up and made no mistake from his second attempt, sending the teams into
extra-time locked at 2-2.
were dashed in extra-time, after Damon again pointed to the penalty spot,
allowed Zuma to send Mthembu the other way, reclaiming the lead and seeing out
a nervy finish in the five-goal thriller.