Match Report: Sundowns 3-1 SuperSport United- Brazilians dump SuperSport out of MTN 8

Mamelodi Sundowns secured a spot in the MTN 8 semi-finals with a 3-1 win over SuperSport United at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Sunday.

SuperSport nearly went ahead when Dean Furman forced Denis Onyango into a goal-written save after seven minutes.

The home side though broke the deadlock after 18 minutes with their first attempt at goal when Wayne Arendse fired home a loose ball.

Downs were forced into an early substitute when striker Leonardo Castro was pulled off after suffering a hamstring injury and replaced by Percy Tau before the hour mark.

United meanwhile looked for a way back into the game and they were nearly rewarded when Jeremy Brockie called Onyango into action in the 28th minute.

The introduction of Kingston Nkhatha resulted in the equaliser for United when he headed home at the far-post two minutes before the break.

The Brazilians looked to regain the lead minutes after the break, but Hlompho Kekana’s shot got not break United’s brick wall.

Brockie was handed an opportunity on to give the lead but he fluffed the opportunity after 71 minutes.

Ronwen Williams was brought into action moments later when he denied debutant Sibusiso Vilakazi from point-blank range.

Downs regained the lead thereafter when Kekana’s shot ricochet of Vilakazi beyond the reach of Williams in the 75th minute.

They made it three when Tau and Vilakazi combined before the latter teed-up Khama Billiat who curled the ball into the bottom right corner five minutes later.

That sealed the tie as a contest with Downs marching to the last four and the opportunity to grab their first top eight title since 2007.

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