CAF : Mamelodi Sundowns beat Chicken Inn to progress to the second stage
Mamelodi Sundowns are through to the next round of the CAF Champions League courtesy of a late penalty.
Mamelodi Sundowns had to win at all costs after losing the first leg 1 – 0 in Zimbabwe , and they got the results after beating Chicken Inn 2-0 at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday night.
The game was an end to end encounter with both teams attacking each other for the entire 90 minutes.
The result meant a 2-1 aggregate victory for Bafana ba style, who left it too late to secure a place in the second stage.
Sundowns showed their intentions from the onsite throwing everything at Chicken Inn who on the other end relayed on the counter-attack and caused problems for Bafana ba style.
This was the same tactic that Chicken Inn applied in the first leg when they beat Sundowns.
It was not a surprise when Wayne Arendse gave the Brazilians the lead on the 35th minute in the first half with a clinical header at the far post after a well weighted deep free kick from Khama Billiat.
The goal leveled matters on aggregate and it meant both teams had to come out and play for a win.
Mitchell Katsvairo almost gave Chicken Inn the much needed away goal when his attempt hit the upright after another swift counter-attack, just before half time.
Sundowns will remember Mitchell Katsvairo as the guy who terrorized they defense in the first leg.
The deadly PSL combination ‘CBD’ tried to combine with their short passing but where let down by the astray passing from Castro.
Khama Billiat was the live wire of the Sundowns and gave the Chicken Inn defense a terrible night,
In the 56th minute Billiat played a one-two with Castro before seeing his shot crash against the upright, only to see Castro’s follow-up shot fly over the crossbar under pressure from a defender.
Billiat was at it again when he created a chance for Anthony Laffor rushing in late at the far post, but the Liberian could not keep his first-time shot down.
Chicken Inn nearly stole the show on the 83rd minute when Denis Onyango was called into action to produce a save, and fortunately the rebound fell behind another attacker and was put wide.
The game seemed like it was heading to penalty shoot out.
In referee option time Billiat was bought down in the box after some great footwork after a great pass from Katlego Mashego who came on the 89 minute for Asavela.
The Zimbabwean showed great close control and pace to get into the box where he was brought down by Passmore Bernard and the referee pointed to the penalty spot.
The was a brief stop to the game as Chicken Inn had to treat one player who was injured in the challenge that resulted in the penalty.
Katlego Mashego stepped up to the spot and made no mistake, burying it low and hard with his left foot to send Sundowns through to the next round.
Chicken Inn gave a good account of themselves in both legs.
“We showed that will to win, and my players were very brave” said Sundowns Coach Pitso Mosemane.
“Khama put his body on the line, Mashaba had a shoulder injury in the first half, but they played through for us” he countinued
“Mashego showed experience but we brought him on for the penalties more than the match, we are very happy he won it for us” he concluded
Sundowns XI: Onyango, Mbekile (Mashego 90′), Nthethe, Arendse, Langerman, Soumahoro (S Zwane 46′), Kekana, Mashaba, Dolly, Billiat, Castro