Stoppage Time Equaliser From Mudau Earns Masandawana Draw Against AmaKhosi

Mamelodi Sundowns were held to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the MTN 8 semi finals when they locked horns with Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday afternoon at FNB Stadium. 

Khuliso Mudau’s late header ensured that Masandawana would head into the second leg round at home with an away goal advantage, meanwhile Edson Castilo broke the deadlock in the second half when Ashley Du Preez made a long-range cross into the box to find him.

In a heart-pounding showdown in Soweto, the clash between the two teams burst into life as soon as the referee’s whistle went off and Chiefs got the first half underway. The two clubs engaged in a thrilling tussle for ball possession, with neither side willing to concede as the early exchanges showcased the intensity of the rivalry.

Just before the clock struck ten minutes, the first notable moment of the game arrived, Sundowns initiated their first attempt into the Chiefs’ penalty box. Teboho Mokoena found himself in a promising position to unleash a shot, but a wall of Chiefs defenders put themselves in front of him, denying the playmaker the opportunity to test the goalkeeper. Two minutes later Aubrey Modiba attempted to break the deadlock from distance but his effort sailed over the crossbar

It was in the twentieth minute when Lucas Ribeiro loaded an elevated long ball into Amakhosi’s 18-yard area. Themba Zwane tried his luck with a well-placed shot, but his attempt soared just inches above Brandon Pietersen’s crossbar. After regaining possession of the ball, Chiefs were not able to hold on to it for a long time and Bafana Ba Style were then awarded a free-kick, swiftly taken by Neo Maema and Ribeiro.  The Brazilian forward unleashed a thunderous shot on target, leaving Pietersen with no choice but to leap high up and make a vital save

Just over the half hour mark, unfortunately for Sundowns their Captain Zwane was brought down in injury. The midfield maestro was stretchered off and replaced by the energetic Lesiba Nku. With the clock ticking towards half-time, Nku and Marcelo Allende ignited Masandawana’s’ attack. Their outstanding combination play sent Ribeiro darting down the left flank. Ribeiro unleashed a thunderous shot on target, prompting Pieterse to swiftly move off his line and save the day for Kaizer Chiefs. Teboho Mokoena tried his luck from outside the box, the attempt came close to the top post, but narrowly missed the mark. The first half concluded with the teams going into the break at deadlock, however it was Masandawana who held the most possession and had taken 6 shots, with 1 going on target.

The second half started off with Sundowns attacking and on the front foot, Ribeiro tried to go for goal in the box but his shot was blocked and the home team regained possession. It didn’t take long for Masandawana to find their way back into the attacking lines, a free-kick was awarded to them after Ribeiro was fouled. Mokoena stepped up, ready to pull one back for the team but went off target in his attempt.

At the fifty minute mark, Modiba and Ribeiro displayed a dazzling work of one-touch football, going through the home team’s defensive lines. The ball eventually found its way to Nku, who unleashed a thunderous right-footed shot towards the goal, but it narrowly missed the target. A few minutes later, Modiba and Maema both tested their luck with powerful strikes from around the box. The Chiefs’ goalkeeper had to be at his sharpest to deny the relentless Sundowns attackers.

In the 60th minute, a dramatic turn of events took place, Amakhosi seized the lead through Edson Castile, who soared through the air to connect with an Ashley Du Preez. Castilo executed a well taken diving header that found the back of the net to be 1-0 up in the encounter. Sundowns responded to this setback by making a substitution in the sixty fifth minute, with Junior Mendieta replacing Maema.

As the clock ticked on and fifteen minutes left to play, Rivaldo Coetzee, Modiba, and AB Boutouil made way for fresh legs in the form of Bathusi Aubaas, Terrence Mashego and Siyabonga Mabena. Sundowns looked increasingly threatening in attack, but Pietersen, Chiefs’ goalkeeper, was quick off his line to collect any loose balls before the Sundowns forwards could take shots. With only 10 minutes remaining on the clock, Allende stepped up to take a crucial free-kick. He expertly sent the ball over the defensive wall, and it seemed destined for the back of the net but Pieterse had to stretch out to make a sensational save.

Khuliso Mudau emerged as the hero for Masandawana in the 80th minute, Mendieta, operated on the left flank and delivered a pinpoint cross into the box. Mudau was perfectly positioned to meet the ball and headed it past Pieterse, equalizing for Sundowns. The final whistle blew, bringing an exhilarating clash to a close.  The stage is set for an entertaining second leg at Lucas Moripe Stadium on September 23.

How we lined up: Williams, AB Boutouil, Mvala, Mudau, Coetzee (65’ Aubaas), Mokoena, Allende, Ribeiro, Zwane (36’ Nku), Mendieta, Maema (65’ Mendieta), Modiba (65’ Mashego)

Subs. D. Onyango, Lebusa, Kekana, Aubaas, Mashego, Mkhulise, Nku, Mabena, Mendieta.

5 Responses
  1. Ronnie Bothma

    Well played by the team…if it were a boxing match we would have won….even if we had lost, I wouldn’t complained…Riva didn’t have the best game today…Mudau was outstanding…I think he’s the best player in the psl outright…I know I’ve criticized Mendieta in the past 2 games…but today he contributed immensely…you can tell the man plays with heart…he puts everything in it…just some advice to Nku….on counter attack you to run wide and not right next the player with the ball…firstly he can’t pass you the ball….secondly you need to pull one or two of the opponent’s defenders away so as to open up space for the man on the ball…you almost tripped Ribeiro running into him

  2. Muzi Kunene

    Truth to be told that was a goal scored by Allende,on the first glance the goalkeeper jump the goalline with the ball but the tv guys shortened that as no goal,I’m still waiting for Monday what Ncobo and the other guy from Sabc (Victor Hlungwane)will says.
    Lastly it pains me when our coach is keep on crying about injured players especially the strikers because two months ago me and other fellow Dawanas were crying about exactly that and we even suggested them to sign Mayele and the latter was willing to play for us but our pleas fell on deaf ears. They’re busy chasing the signature of Tau hoping Al Alhly can do that arm their competitors and they might waist a lot of money on Mayo undeserving exorbitant price,I don’t blame the Management but Rhulani if he wanted him the team would definitely bought him,Kby forever

  3. Dalom

    What a lucky escape! The combination of Riva and Mvala was always a disaster in waiting. Rhulani is shifting players out of their positions just to accommodate his favourites. I don’t understand why Boutouil is not being played in his rightful position and Mashego move to the left-back. I’ll like to reiterate what Ertugral once said about Sundowns that even a gardener can coach Sundowns. Just select players on merit and play the players in their rightful positions.

  4. Nephat Ncube

    The reporter should try to be accurate. The goal came in ref ‘s optional time not 80 th minute. We shold have extended Surprise Ralani’s contract to assist us upfront we are very thin upfront with all %ur strikers injured or else why not give Jerome Karelse an opportunity as we did with Mailula and also Keletso is there why not use him hi is a proven goal scorer

  5. Welcome

    Mxm some of u guys like to complain.we controlled and dominated the game very well.chiefs were nowhere to be found. Coach Rhulani,he’s been very good ever since he took over as sole coach.Let us learn to support and appreciate

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