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Amajita Knockout Russia To Reach Commonwealth Cup Semis

Amajita beat hosts Russia 2-0 in the quarter-finals of the Commonwealth Cup on Wednesday evening to advance to the semis.

Read: Amajita Target Commonwealth Cup Success

Russia looked most likely to score early in the first half, but Dumisane Msibi was in good form for the South African u20's, and made a few good early saves.

However as much as the hosts threw at Amajita, the South Africans responded, and soon they were frustrating the Russians.

Amajita had their first real attempt at goal in the 21st minute when Maphosa Modiba forced a good save from the Russian goalkeeper.

But it was Msibi in goal for Amajita who continued to thwart the Russians, aided by the Amajita defence led by the impressive Denwin Farmer, who made a crucial tackle with ten minutes left in the first half.

After a goalless first half, where the home side had the better of the game, South Africa came out firing after the break.

Amajita went into the lead when second half substitute Pule Maraisane made an instant impact, scoring just two minutes into the second stanza with a wonderful shot to silence the home crowd.

Seven minutes later and it was 2-0 to South Africa, when Tuks youngster Siphelele Luthuli scored to double the lead.

Amajita continued to press the Russians, and looked the more likely to score again, as the game opened up.

And while Amajita’s midfield continued to impress going forward, the South African defence stood solid, thwarting a number of Russian attacks, breaking them down before the hosts could shoot at goal.

Amajita’s confidence continued to grow, and as the final whistle drew near the home crowd were cheering as some of the South Africans showed off a few mzansi-style tricks.

South Africa will meet Belarus, who knocked out Kazakhstan on penalties, in the semi final on Friday. 

Turkmenistan and Finland will meet in the other semi-final.

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