Sundowns hand a lesson to VUT as they march to Nedbank Cup quarterfinals

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Mamelodi Sundowns marched to the quarterfinals of this season’s Nedbank Cup after a hard-earned 2-0 win over the Vaal University of Technology at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Sunday.

Sundowns, who are still in contention for the league title, have a chance to win a double.

Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane used a second string side for the match against against ABC Motsepe League side VUT.

Sundowns still hold the South African record of scoring the most number of goals in a competitive match. This when the Brazilians beat low division side Powerlines F.C from Kimberly 24-0 in the last 32 of the Nedbank Cup back in March 2012. The previous record of 16-0 was held by Amazulu F.C.

This was not a one-sided affair as the VUT team gave their more fancied opponents a good run for their money, with the first half ending goalless.

It took Sundowns 54 minutes to break the deadlock through stand-in captain Wayne Arendse. Shortly after the opening goal, the visitors got an opportunity to equalise when they got a penalty, but Reitumetse Hlongwane missed from the spot.

Substitute Phakamani Mahlambi made it 2-0 for Sundowns after a defensive blunder.

Meanwhile, Baroka FC was made to sweat by another ABC Motsepe side Hungry Lions in Polokwane, before winning 4-2 on penalties.

Baroka needed penalties to go to the next round, after their match against Lions ended in a 2-2 stalemate after regulation time.

Baroka put aside their Absa Premiership worries as they took on Hungry Lions in the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup. Coach Dylan Kerr also used his fringe players for this match as the team’s main focus is to avoid relegation this season.

The team from the Northern Cape matched Baroka pound for pound.

Baroka were denied by the post midway through the first half.

Lions got their opening goal after a free kick taken by Ridiger Gilbert deflected off the head of a Baroka defender.

The homeside found the equalising goal early in the second half through Evidence Makgopa.

Baroka were denied a penalty in the 72nd minute.

It was still a stalemate after 90 minutes and the game went into extra time. Lions were again in the front after another own goal by Ethen Sampson in the first half of extra time.

But Manuel Kambala found the equaliser for Baroka, and the game had to be decided on penalties.

Lions players showed lack of experience missing two penalties.

Baroka went on to win 4-2 on penalties to progress to the next round.

The last remaining spot in the last eight will be decided on Monday evening when Bidvest Wits host fellow Absa Premiership side Chippa United at the Bidvest Stadium.