Result: Sundowns 4-1 Chiefs
Date: 5 August 2012
Mamelodi Sundowns put on a classy display of attacking football as they recorded their biggest win over Kaizer Chiefs by beating them 4-1 in their MTN8 quarter-final clash at Loftus on Sunday.
The Brazilians showed their intentions from the start with Punch Masenamenla just failing to pick out the excellent Teko Modise in the second minute.
Chiefs passed the ball around well in the opening few minutes but after spending millions on their defence in the off season by purchasing Morgan Gould and Eric Mathoho, the new boys would be heavily exposed on their competitive debuts.
A corner in the seventh minute was met by Thamsanqa Sangweni who guided his header perfectly into the bottom corner away from the diving Itumeleng Khune to mark a memorable debut for the player.
The day continued to get worse for Chiefs as Siboniso Gaxa had to come off in the 10th minute after picking up a knock and was replaced by Lincoln Zvasiya.
Another set-piece would do the damage when a corner to the far past was nodded back to the edge of the area and Tebogo Langerman hammered it home.
By the 24th minute the Sundowns fans were in heaven as Teko Modise’s header brought a great reaction save from Khune but Lebohang Mokoena was on hand to scoop the ball into the roof of the net.
The Glamour Boys were trying to find a way back into the game but when they did manage to breach the Sundowns defence, Wayne Sandilands deny them.
Bernard Parker was first to be kept out by the stopper as his curling free-kick from the flank was tipped away from the top corner.
Lehlohonolo Majoro then saw the ball punched away from his feet after Sandilands came off of his line to deny the striker a clear route on goal.
Sundowns would add a fourth moments later when Modise broke down the left and curled a perfect ball into the area for the unmarked Manqele who finished with a composed header to become the second player to score on debut on the day.
The hosts seemed to take their foot off the gas a bit after the break but still looked dangerous on the counter as Chiefs tried to restore some pride.
Gould did well to prevent Manqele from getting onto another superb ball from Modise in the 55th minute before Sangweni earned the first yellow card of the match for a poor challenge on Bernard Parker.
Manqele’s day would come to an abrupt end though when he pulled up in the 60th minute and had to be taken off on a stretcher. He was replaced by Nyasha Mushekwi moments later.
Parker came close to pulling a goal back into the 65th minute with a superb free-kick but Sandilands produced an equally impressive save. The Chiefs striker was again denied by some brilliant defending from Abel Mabaso two minutes later.
The visitors were now the ones asking questions and Sthembiso Ngcobo nodded agonisingly wide after having blasted a poor effort over moments before.
Chiefs would finally get on the board when Ngcobo broke through in the 77th minute and cut the ball back to Parker. The forward mis-hit his shot but Reneilwe Letsholonyane was on hand to flick it home.
Amakhosi should have made it 4-2 in the 87th minute after Ngcobo’s shot struck an arm in the Sundowns area and they were awarded a penalty, but Josta Dladla was unable to convert from the spot as he smashed his effort against the upright.
Sandilands would make one more great save deep into the eight minutes of stoppage time as Sundowns saw out an emphatic win to book their place in the semi-finals.
Sundowns: Wayne Sandilands, Doctor Mampuru, Method Mwanjale, Abel Mabaso, Punch Masenamela, Hlompho Kekana, Thamsanqa Sangweni, Teko Modise, Lebohang Mokoena, Edward Manqele, Tebogo Landerman.
Chiefs: Itumeleng Khune, Siboniso Gaxa, Morgan Gould, Eric Mathoho, Jimmy Jambo, Josta Dladla, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Siyabonga Nkosi, Abia Nale, Lehlohonolo Majoro, Bernard Parker.
Goals: Thamsanqa Sangweni (Sundowns 7), Tebogo Langerman (Sundowns 12), Lebohang Mokoena (Sundowns 24), Edward Manqele (Sundowns 37), Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Chiefs 76) By Sbue