Mamelodi Sundowns edged Chippa United on penalties in a tightly contested match to advance to the semifinals of the Telkom Knockout.
The Brazilians advanced (4-3) courtesy of the dreaded penalty lottery against a highly motivated Chippa United after both sided played to a 2-2 draw in 120 minutes of play.
The Chilli Boys were ahead through Augustine Kwem and Silas Maziya, who handed the hosts the lead on two separate occasions in regulation time, but Gaston Sirino pulled the defending league champions back on level terms with a second-half brace.
Downs were trailing early in the match after Tercious Malepe slipped a through ball to Kwem who made no mistake as he rolled the ball into the back of the net for his first goal for the Eastern Cape club.
Denis Onyango came to the Sundowns’ rescue with superb save after the Chippa goalscorer almost doubled the lead.
Mauricio Affonso almost put Sundowns level but failed to convert his header attempt eight minutes later before Sirino watched on in agony as his deflected shot cannoned off the base of the post with Patrick Tignyemb well beaten.
Sundowns carried that momentum into the second half and pulled level in the 51st minute following a foul on Phakamani Mahlambi inside the penalty area. Sirino stepped up to the spot and made no mistake to draw the two teams level.
Chippa hit back seven minutes later as Maziya fired home from an almost impossible angle with his unorthodox volley looping over the head of Onyango and into the back of the net.
Sundowns, though, were not going down without a fight and Sirino capitalised from a Tignyemb mistake to send the game into extra-time. The Uruguayan left with the easiest of finishes after the Chippa shot-stopper spilt a routine take.
Chippa were dealt further a blow 11 minutes into extra-time as Tercious Malepe received his marching orders, but Sundowns couldn’t make the man advantage count in their favour as the game would ultimately be decided from the spot.
Onyango saved Twala’s opening kick and this laid the foundation for the Tshwane giants who netted all four of their penalties before Masalesa pushed his effort wide of goal.
Chippa United (1) 2 (Kwem 13′ Maziya 58′)
Mamelodi Sundowns (0) 2 (Sirino 51′ 70′)
Sundowns won 4-3 on penalties.
Chippa United: Tignyemb; Modisane, K. Moyo, Nsabiyumva, E. Moyo, Maziya (Lentjies 65′), Masalesa, Mahola (Maphanga 82′), Twala, Malepe, Kwem (R. Manzini 90+2′).
Mamelodi Sundowns: Onyango; Morena, Madisha, Lebusa, Langerman, Mabunda, Kekana, Meza (Mahlambi 46′) [Mkhulise 105+1′], Vilakazi, Sirino (Lakay 76′), Affonso.