With Mamelodi Sundowns holding SuperSport United to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their MTN8 semifinal on Sunday, coach Pitso Mosimane is already looking ahead to the second leg thanks to the away goal.
“It was a difficult game for us because they are awkward opponents and play to their strengths. They gave us a hard time with the way they play, with a lot of crosses. They didn’t score on set pieces though. Of course they have the personnel to play like this. They have gladiators – Bongani Khumalo, Clayton Daniels, Evans Rusike, Bradley Grobler and Thami Gabuza. But we managed to deal with them, hence our line-up was a little different,” Mosimane said.
He insisted that the Brazilians did well to get a goal for the away leg as the tournament does allow them to progress on the away goal rule should the game finish goalless in two weeks’ time at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.
“We played away and we drew, so we must not be ungrateful for what we got. We need to play normal game in the second leg. I can see they will double their efforts when it’s our home game. We played well in patches. But they know we can score, and they will be in trouble,” the coach said ahead of the international break this month.
The second leg will be played on September 18 at the same venue.