Bloemfontein Celtic coach Lehlohonolo Seema believes the penalty awarded to Mamelodi Sundowns was the turning point in their MTN8 quarter-final.
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Celtic took the lead through Ndumiso Mabena's free-kick before Sundowns were awarded a penalty int he 70th minute, which Themba Zwane converted.
Sundowns went on to secure the win thanks to goals from Mosa Lebusa and Keletso Makgalwa, but the Celtic is adamant the penalty changed the game.
"It's one of those games where we played in patches," Seema told Supersport after the game.
"Today we didn't have that fluidity until the last ten minutes or so. But we played in patches today. And I think we could have used our breaks especially in the second half.
"Of course we tried to rectify at half-time and we scored a goal. I think the penalty was a turning point.
"Once they equalised their confidence started growing. It's one of those things. We tried and tried and even hit the post and the way we finished the game you could see we still wanted it more.
"In the cup it is do-or-die so after so their second goal we pushed numbers forward and you end up conceding the third goal.
"it's one of those things again. You can't blame the goalkeeper this time. Chaine did well. Jackson got injured during warm-up and we'll have to see with the medics.
"Once again we conceded from a set-piece, we will look at it in training. They will learn. In this team we need to make sure we can defend better. We have showed we can score in every game, but we need to double our efforts in defending."