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Siyabonga Nhlapo of SuperSport United and Innocent Nemukondeni of Bloemfontein Celtic during the 2018 Nedbank Cup Last 32 game between Bloemfontein Celtic and SuperSport United at Dr Molemela Stadium, Bloemfontein on 11 February 2018 © Frikkie Kapp/BackpagePix
Sunday Feb 11, 2018. 18:37
Bloemfontein Celtic beat SuperSport United 5-4 on penalties following a 1-1 stalemate in the Nedbank Cup Last 32 match at the Dr Molemela Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The home side was awarded a penalty just 17 minutes into the game with Celtic’s early pressure paying off.
Ndumiso Mabena was denied from the spot-kick by SuperSport goalkeeper Thakasani Mbanjwa, who was making his debut for the visitors.
But Mabena made amends a few minutes before half-time as he scored from the spot-kick to make it 1-0 to SuperSport after the visitors were awarded another penalty.
Celtic were leading 1-0 at the interval after containing SuperSport.
SuperSport applied some pressure on the Phunya Sele Sele defence after the restart.
Darren Smith was the man, who hit the back of the net – beating Celtic keeper Patrick Tignyemb to make it 1-1.
Matsatsantsa then pushed for winning goal, but they struggled to penetrate the Phunya Sele Sele defence.
The match ended in a 1-1 stalemate in regulation time and extra-time followed.
The two sides failed to score in extra-time and the game went into a penalty shootout.
SuperSport defender Derwin Farmer was the only one who missed his penalty and Celtic emerged 5-4 winners on penalties.
Celtic (1) 1 (Mabena 36′)
SuperSport (0) 1 (Mbule 58′)
Celtic: Tingyemb, Molekwane, Rihkotso, Gordinho, Pfumbidazi, Phalane, Baloyi, Masuku (Mashikinya 83′), Motshegwa (Dlamini 107′), Nemukondeni (Letsoalo 57′), Mabena.
SuperSport: Mbanjwa, Nhlapo, Egwuekwe, Farmer, Bhasera, Mokoena, Mokeke (Boateng 46′), Webber (Dlala 74′), Mbule, Smith, Nkhatha (Kekana 111′).