Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0 SuperSport United: Masandawana ease into MTN8 semi-finals
Abubeker Nasir, Mamelodi Sundowns,August 2022
Abubeker Nasir and Marcelo Allende proved to be super-subs as the Brazilians outsmarted their city rivals in Hatfield

Mamelodi Sundowns produced a strong second half performance in their 2-0 win over SuperSport United in an MTN8 quarter-final match on Sunday evening.

Therefore, Masandawana progressed to the semi-finals with Marcelo Allende and Abubeker Nasir having scored the defending champions' goals in the Tshwane Derby match which was played at Tuks Stadium in Pretoria. The draw for the semi-finals will take place on Monday.

Co-coaches Manqoba Mngqithi and Rhulani Mokwena made two changes to the Sundowns team which defeated Stellenbosch FC in midweek. Thapelo Morena and Lyle Lakay were the two new faces in the starting line-up - replacing Gaston Sirino and Aubrey Modiba.

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While SuperSport were without Sundowns loanees Ricardo Goss, Grant Margeman and Thabang Sibanyoni due to a loan clause that prohibits the trio from playing against their parent club. Coach Gavin Hunt's side was looking to make it two wins in a row after defeating Richards Bay in midweek.

Sundowns had most of the possession from the first whistle with SuperSport happy to play on the counterattack. The hosts launched most of their attacks through the wings and Khuliso Mudau looked the likeliest player to score for the defending champions. 

The speedy right-back burst into the visitors' box from the right flank, but he fired wide of the target with only goalkeeper George Chigova to beat. Mudau then attacked a low cross from Thapelo Morena and Chigova came out to block the Sundowns full-back's attempt from close range.

SuperSport grew in confidence towards the half-time break while playing on the counterattack with keeper Ronwen Williams forced to produce a fabulous save to deny Iqraam Rayners from close range. The last chance of the first half fell for Bradley Grobler, but the veteran striker failed to slot the ball home from Ghampani Lungu's fine cross and the score was 0-0 at half-time.

SuperSport played much better after the restart with Luke Fleurs' header being cleared off the goal-line, before Rayners forced Williams into a diving save. Mokwena and Mngqithi then introduced Marcelo Allende and Abbubeker Nasir who both scored in their last games for Masandawana.

The duo proved to be inspired substitutes as Allende beat Chigova from close range to hand Sundowns a 1-0 lead with 10 minutes left on the clock. The goal rattled SuperSport who conceded again in the last minute as Nasir turned home Teboho Mokoena's cross to seal Sundowns' 2-0 lead.

The win saw Masandawana join Kaizer Chiefs, AmaZulu and Orlando Pirates in the semi-finals, while Matsatsantsa crashed out of the tournament. The two teams will meet again in a PSL match on Friday with SuperSport hosting Sundowns at Lucas Moripe Stadium.