Mahamutsa & Anas Send Stars Into Nedbank Cup Last 16
Nedbank Cup Report: Super Eagles v Free State Stars 14 February 2018
Result: Super Eagles 1-2 Free State Stars (AET)
Date: 14 February 2018
Venue: Royal Bafokeng Stadium
Free State Stars progressed to the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup after coming from behind to defeat Super Eagles 2-1 in extra time on Wednesday evening.
Eagles had an opportunity to go ahead in the 12th minute after Motlatsi Perekisi went clear on goal but he took too many touches before he was dispossessed by Stars goalkeeper Thela Ngobeni.
In the 25th minute, Siphelele Mthembu nearly opened the scoring for Ea Lla Koto but his close range header sailed over the crossbar.
The visitors were awarded a penalty five minutes before halftime. Siphelele Mthembu stepped up but failed to convert the spot-kick.
Bongani Mbuli punished Luc Eymael’s troops in first-half stoppage time by converting Ogle’s corner with a brilliant header, 1-0.
Stars pressurised the hosts in the first 10 minutes of the second stanza as they looked for the equaliser but the NFD side were firm at the back.
Eymael made his first change on the hour-mark, introducing Maxime Cosse for Goodman Dlamini.
Vilakazi missed a golden opportunity to level matters in the 65th minute inside the six-yard box following a slaloming run from Sinethemba Jantjie getting under a cross with a header and it sailed over the bar.
Stars were vulnerable to counter-attacks whenever they went forward, as Ricardo Versuur nearly punished the visitors with 15 minutes remaining, but Ngobeni was on hand to make the save.
Rooi Mahamutsa equalised for Stars in the first minute of stoppage time to break the hearts of the Eagles fans and send the game into extra time.
The winning goal arrived in the fifth minute of extra time thanks to a strike from Mohammed Anas.
Ea Lla Koto managed to see out the rest of extra-time to seal the win and their spot in the next round.
Here's how they lined up:
Eagles: 1. Ramalele, 36. Hlela, 6. T. Mokoena, 30. Perekisi, 25. Versuur, 27. Mbuli, 26. Maduna, 17. M.Mokoena, 8. Selepe, 37. Ngwenya, 20. Moloi.
Subs: 22. Esterhuizen, 35. Ogle, 10. Setsumi, 11. Nkosi, 13. Lepele, 29. Likontsane, 16. Fabien.
Stars: 32 T. Ngobeni, 29 P. Phungwayo, 28 R. Mahamutsa, 22 B. Keita, 20 K. Mashego, 5 P. Masehe, 50 N. Vilakazi, 11 S. Jantjie, 26 G. Dlamini, 27 H. Tchilimbou, 21 S. Mthembu.
Subs: 2. Mobbie, 3. Anas, 4. Makhehlene, 15. Relebogile, 19. Mbhele, 23. Sangare, 39. Cosse.