Thapelo Morena of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Lebohang Maboe of Maritzburg United during the 2017 MTN8 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Maritzburg United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria on 13 August 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Sunday Aug 13, 2017. 16:50
Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2017 MTN8 Cup quarter-final match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Maritzburg United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa.
Sundowns XI: Mweene, Morena, Madisha, Nthethe, Langerman, Vilakazi, Kekana, Billiat, Tau, Zwane, Zakri.
Maritzburg XI: Mpandle, Fransman, Weidlich, Sanoka, Makaringe, Mekoa, Shandu, Ndlovu, Van Wyk, Maboe, Rusike.
That’s all from the Lucas Moripe Stadium where we saw Maritzburg stunning Sundowns 1-0. As a result, the Team Choice join Bidvest Wits, SuperSport United and Cape Town City in the semi-finals, while the Brazilians are out of the lucrative tournament.
FULL-TIME: Sundowns 0-1 Maritzburg.
90′ – The fourth official has added four minutes.
89′ Maritzburg sub: Xulu IN, Makaringe OUT.
85′ – Five minutes left for Sundowns to snatch a late equalizer.
80′ – Sundowns sub: Lebese IN, Billiat OUT.
75′ – Sundowns are camping in the Maritzburg half as they press the visitors, who are looking to hold on to their slender lead.
73′ – Sundowns sub: Manyisa IN, Vilakazi OUT.
73′ Maritzburg sub: Fileccia IN, Rusike OUT.
70′ – Maritzburg are defending in numbers, but they are looking dangerous on the counter-attack.
65′ – Laffor is looking lively as he looks to restore parity for Sundowns with 25 minutes left on the clock.
62′ – Maritzburg sub: Kunene IN, Van Wyk OUT.
61′ – Sundowns sub: Laffor IN, Zakri OUT.
60′ – It’s 1-0 to Maritzburg as we reach the hour-mark.
58′ – GOAL! Sundowns 0-1 Maritzburg. Rusike fires home following a quick counter-attack by the visitors.
55′ – Pressure is mounting on the Maritzburg defence as Sundowns defender Nthethe’s header hits the upright with Mpandle rooted to ground.
50′ – Langerman whips a good cross into the Maritzburg box and Weidlich makes a great clearance with Sundowns forward Zakri lurking behind him.
46′ – The second-half is underway.
HALF-TIME: Sundowns 0-0 Maritzburg.
45′ – The fourth official has added two minutes.
40′ – Sundowns full-back Langerman tries his luck from range and his effort is easily saved by Maritzburg keeper Mpandle.
35′ – CHANCE! Maritzburg captain Weidlich bursts into the Sundowns box, but he fires wide of the target.
30′ – It remains goalless here at the Lucas Moripe Stadium as we reach the half-hour mark.
25′ – Sundowns forward Tau makes a good run down the left-hand side and he plays a cross which is well saved by Maritzburg keeper Mpandle.
20′ – Kekana, the Sundowns captain, is now stamping his authority in central midfield as the hosts look to gain control of the match.
15′ – Maritzburg have been the better side thus far dominating possession as they look to penetrate the Sundowns defence.
10′ – Both goalkeepers are called in action as Sundowns forward Billiat forces Maritzburg shot-stopper Mpandle into a decent save and the other end, Maboe’s thunderous effort is well saved by Mweene in Sundowns goal.
5′ – Maritzburg striker Rusike’s deflected shot goes out for a corner-kick as the visitors search for an early goal.
1′ – The match is underway.