Sundowns advance to the Telkom Knockout finals

Mamelodi Sundowns
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Mamelodi Sundowns have advanced to the final of the Telkom Knockout.

They beat Golden Arrows two-one in the first semi-final match played at a packed Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Durban this afternoon. Sundowns will await the winner of the second semi-finalists between Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg United.

Golden Arrows came into this match with a psychological edge over Sundowns. Abafana Besthende beat the Chloorkop boys three-two in the ABSA Premiership earlier this month.

The 2016 African champions had a grand plan this time. Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane made the necessary changes in the squad that played against the same team and the results showed in the 11th minute.

Arrows coach Steve Komphela changed the tactics. His players controlled the midfield and attacked when necessary.

Sundowns countered on their plan and soon they were in control of the match. They pressed Arrows high and were rewarded when Gaston Sirino scored the second goal.

In the second half Arrows tried to make a comeback but their finishing let them down. Finally Arrows scored the consolation goal with only nine minutes to go before the final whistle.

Sundowns were reduced to ten men after Sirino was red carded for a rough tackle. However, Arrows failed to use that to their advantage.