Bloemfontein Celtic came from behind to send Mamelodi Sundowns packing as they managed to clinch a 4-2 penalty shootout win to advance to the MTN8 semi-finals on Wednesday. The Brazilians dominated possession from the commencement, with some slick passes by the new man on the park, Keagan Dolly. The first chance fell to Fiston Abdul Razak in the 14th minute but his weak attempt missed to the right of goal.
Four minutes later, keeper, Patrick Tignyemb was called into action as he made light work of Dolly’s effort. In the 27th minute, Lerato Lamola’s cross found the foot of Thapelo Morena but his effort was well saved by Kennedy Mweene. Pitso Mosimane’s men dominated throughout the first half but could not find the net as the teams went into the break deadlocked at 0-0.
After the break the home side made their pressure count in the first twenty minutes as Dolly seemed to be a consistent threat. The former Ajax Cape Town midfielder came close to scoring from a foul caused by Keagan Buchanan on Hlompo Kekana in the 71st minute, only for his effort to rattle the cross bar. Both teams struggled to break the deadlock with the home side having only four of their 13 shots on target as the game went into extra time.
Mosimane’s charges dominated in the additional half-hour as Razak’s right foot found the net to hand them the lead. But two minutes before the final whistle, Musa Bilankulu headed home a Lyle Lakay free kick to send the game into a penalty shootout. Phunya Sele Sele kept their cool to come from behind to win the penalty shootout 4-2 with Bevan Fransman’s spot kick sending Clinton Larsen’s lads into the final four.