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MTN8 2018

Best & Worst: Sundowns v Arrows

Soccer Laduma selects the six best and four worst performers,  following Mamelodi Sundowns’ 2-0 win over Golden Arrows in an MTN8 quarter-final on Saturday.

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BEST

Thapelo Morena: 7/10

The right-wing back was solid defensively and also got forward to assist in attack down the flank. He kept the left-winger of arrows at bay and also got some dangerous crosses into the box.

Lyle Lakay: 7/10

The left-wing back performed his defensive duties well and like his teammate, Morena, he assisted in attack down the left flank with teasing crosses into the box. He was also an asset at set-pieces with his accurate deliveries into the danger area.

Sibusiso Vilakazi: 7/10

He was a constant threat in attack from his creative midfield role in the heart of the park. Not only did he assist in defence, but more importantly he set his team on the front foot with his passing and attacking play. He also scored his side’s opening goal.

Gaston Sirino: 8/10

The left midfielder was a constant thorn in the defence of Arrows. He uses his speed and skill to attack down the flanks and he often got the better of his marker. This not only created space for his teammates, but also allowed him to get some dangerous passes or crosses into the box. He also created his side’s second goal with a pin-point cross. He was the man of the match.

Jeremy Brockie: 7/10

The big attacker was the target man for Sundowns upfront and often used his strength to hold up the ball which allowed his teammates to play around him. He showed good skill when on the ball and had a few shots on goal which were well-saved or were just off target. He was also a danger in the air when crosses came into the box.

Danny Venter: 7/10

It was a tough day at the office for the Arrows midfield who struggled to get hold of the ball. Still, Venter was a shining light for Arrows with his high work rate and never say die attitude. He was the main source of their attack with his creative play and shots on goal.

WORST

Hlompho Kekana: 5/10

The Sundowns central midfielder was not his usual self in the heart of the park and at times looked to struggle with the pace of the game. His passing was also not of his usual accuracy and he often gave the ball away cheaply.

Lebohang Maboe: 5/10

The Sundowns attacker was not really in the game and saw very little of the ball. When he was in possession he gave it back to the opposition with poor passing or bad decision making. His first touch was also poor at times. He was substituted early in the second half.

Thabo Molefe:  5/10

The Arrows defensive midfielder struggled to cope with the pace and attacking flair of the Sundowns midfield. At times he was often found wanting and failed to do his job of breaking up the opposition attack. His passing was also not at its best and he often gave away possession cheaply.

Nduduzo Sibiya: 5/10

The Arrows creative midfielder struggled to get his side to tick over in attack. He found it hard to get his foot on the ball and when in possession he gifted it back to Sundowns with poor passing.

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