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Mamelodi Sundowns v Summerfield Match Report, 09/04/2022

5 - 0
G. Sirino (8)
L. Kapinga (12)
K. Erasmus (52)
K. Erasmus (64)
P. Šafranko (80)
Loftus Versfeld Stadium
Mamelodi Sundowns 5-0 Summerfield Dynamos: Merciless Masandawana ease into Nedbank Cup semi-finals
21:52 GMT+4 09/04/2022
Andisa Dlamini, Summerfield Dynamos & Kermit Erasmus, Mamelodi Sundowns, April 2022
Kermit Erasmus, who has won this tournament with SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates, was in his element on the night as he grabbed a brace

Mamelodi Sundowns eased into this season's Nedbank Cup semi-finals after securing an emphatic 5-0 win over a hapless Summerfield Dynamos side at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Saturday evening.

Gaston Sirino and Lesedi Kapinga netted in the first half to ensure that the PSL champions took a two-goal lead into the half-time break, before Kermit Erasmus grabbed a second-half brace and Pavol Safranko sealed the hosts' emphatic win with a late goal in a one-sided encounter. 

Sundowns rested some of their key players with Kapinga, Aubrey Modiba and Neo Maema starting for the five-time Nedbank Cup champions. Masandawana were eyeing their sixth consecutive win across all competitions with their winning run including a 6-0 win over ABC Motsepe League side Maithathai in the Round of 16 clash on March 8.

The Tshwane giants were up against a Dynamos side that boasted several players with local top-flight experience including Deolin Mekoa, Sandile Zuke, Sammy Darpoh and Jabulani Nene, who all started. The KwaZulu-Natal side had booked their spot in the quarter-finals after defeating fellow ABC Motsepe side Black Eagles of North West 1-0 on March 13.

Masandawana exerted their influence through dynamic wing attacks and controlling the flow of possession in the halfspaces from the first whistle which saw them score twice within the first 12 minutes of the game. Kapinga's cross from the right was turned home by Sirino to hand Sundowns a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute.

Kapinga then put his name on the score sheet when he fired a low shot into goalkeeper Bongani Masoga's bottom-left corner to make it 2-0 to the hosts in the 12th minute with Maema providing the assist. Modiba also came close to marking his return to the starting line-up with a goal as he danced around Masonga with some brilliant close control before taking a shot that was cleared on the line by Darpoh. 

The reigning MTN8 champions continued to pile pressure on Dynamos as they searched for more goals, but they were denied by Masoga. The diminutive shot-stopper pulled off great saves to deny Kermit Erasmus and Maema, but he was beaten by Teboho Mokoena's thunderous shot from range which hit the crossbar before the visitors cleared their lines and Sundowns were leading 2-0 at half-time.

Dynamos threatened first after the restart against the run of play as Samkele Ngubane was sent through on goal, but he hit the upright with a fierce shot. However, Sundowns responded by scoring almost immediately at the other end. Sirino set up Erasmus, who fired past Masoga with a powerful shot to extend the home side's lead to 3-0 in the 52nd minute. 

Former Sundowns striker Lucky Nguzana was among the players, who were introduced by Clinton Larsen as the experienced coach looked to change the complexion of the match. However, Sirino and Erasmus combined again to extend Sundowns' lead to 4-0 in the 64th minute. This time Sirino played a low cross which was turned home by Erasmus at the near post.

Co-coaches Manqoba Mngqithi and Rhulani Mokwena introduced Safranko in the closing stages of the game and he made an immediate impact. The Slovakia international rose highest in the Dynamos box and headed home Sirino's free-kick in the 80th minute - sealing Sundowns' 5-0 win with the latter providing his third assist of the game.

Therefore, Sundowns became the third team to reach the semi-finals after Marumo Gallants and Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila. Masandawana will now square off with Lamontville Golden Arrows on Tuesday in a PSL clash, while Dynamos' fairytale run in the lucrative tournament came to an end.