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KO: 22/02/2013 - 20:00 | Venue: Cape Town Stadium
Langerman: Breaks Ajax hearts

Langerman: Breaks Ajax hearts

A wonder-strike in the dying seconds of extra-time from Tebogo Langerman earned Mamelodi Sundowns a 1-0 win over Ajax Cape Town and a place in the Nedbank Cup last-16.

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The sides looked to be heading towards the dreaded penalty shoot-out, but the Downs defender's 30-yard strike caught Sander Westerveld unawares to nestle in the back of the net.

Sundowns dominated possession for long periods in the first-half, with Anthony Laffor bringing the away fans to their feet after 14 minutes as his rasping drive from range rippled the net, although it was the side netting that drew the premature celebrations.

Wanderson thought he had won the hosts a penalty one minute later after colliding with his marker in the area, although the referee only awarded a corner, which replays showed was probably the correct decision.

The hosts created their first half-chance of the game after 20 minutes as Lebogang Manyama picked up the ball before rushing through at goal, but his final pass into the area was behind his intended target, and Sundowns could all-too-easily mop up the loose ball.

Ajax then had the chance to steal the lead very much against the run of play as a seemingly innocuous free-kick was lofted into the area, and with the Sundowns defenders hardly budging Nusa Lebusa wondered through with all the time and space in the world, but his header was an awkward one and bounced down into the ground and into the hands of the grateful goalkeeper.

If that miss was a poor one, the next was even worse and a real waste of Wanderson's dinking run between two defenders and square ball to the far-post, with Manyama, from only a few yards out and totally unmarked, only able spoon his effort over the crossbar.

Sundowns were then guilty of wasting their own golden chance as Pelembe ran clean through on goal with only Westerveld to beat, but the Downs man was unable to make up his mind and eventually put his effort straight into the arms of the keeper.

A half of incredible misses continued as the break edged closer, with Tafadzwa Rusike being played in over the top only to take one touch too many in the area, allowing the defenders to quickly close him down and force his final shot to fly well wide of the mark.

Just seconds after the restart Manyama again found himself running at goal in a great shooting opportunity after getting on the end of a flick from a free-kick, but instead of going for the shot the forward opted to instead play a pass back across the face of goal, but three defenders were there and the danger was well cleared.

Westerveld, who had not really had much to do in the first-half, showed good awareness just after the hour mark to get a strong palm to Laffor's well-hit shot after the forward had been allowed to gallop to the edge of the area unchallenged, despite three white shirts in the immediate vicinity of the playmaker.

Ajax interim coach Jan Versleijen looked to inject some more urgency with the introduction of Khama Billiat, and the pacy winger made a decent impact, producing a sublime touch to take down a cross-field ball before pushing past his marker and chopping back inside to open a shooting chance, but his effort was straight at the keeper, as was the story for many shots on the night.

Sundowns had a great chance to snatch it at the death as Matthew Booth lost possession in his own third to allow Esrom Nyandoro to put a pin-point delivery in for Katlego Mphela, but with all the goal to aim for he could only direct his header over the crossbar from a few feet out.

The teams were unable to be separated after the 90 minutes and would go to extra-time, with Ajax being gifted the first chance to attack as Billiat was handed possession before breaking down the wing and looking to thread the ball through for Mabhudi Khenyeza, but two Downs defenders just managed to squeeze out possession to prevent the substitute from having a clear sight of goal.

Billiat almost scored an instant contender for goal of the tournament just before half-time in extra-time as he lost his marker to get on the end of a deep delivery from out wide, and with the ball dropping over his shoulder he pulled off a simply stunning volley on the turn that flashed only inches wide up the up-right.

The sides continued to trade blows, Nyasha Mushekwi looked to have finally found a way through after running into the area to meet a dangerous cross, and although he got his head to the ball first, he was just off target as his effort fizzed just over the crossbar.

But with just two minutes remaining the Brazilians struck the vital blow, Langerman unleashing a blistering 30-yard drive which Westerveld probably should have dealt with, but it squeezed past the keeper's gloves and into the back of the net.

Ajax CT

  1 Westerveld
  14 Booth
yellow card 25 Graham
  2 Allie
  21 Lolo
yellow card Davids
  7 Shabalala
  25 Wanderson sub *** (85)
  26 Lebusa
  8 Manyama sub ** (67)
  18 Rusike sub * (45)

On The Bench

  30 Roberts
  4 Fielies
  3 Hlatshwayo
  11 Billiat sub *
  12 Scott sub ***
  21 Khenyeza sub **
  11 Nale

Sundowns

  40 Sandilands
  17 Mwanjale
yellow card Schut sub ** (63)
  Kekana
  15 Langerman
  8 Modise sub * (53)
  7 Pelembe
  3 Nyandoro
  39 Mabaso
  14 Laffor
  9 Mphela sub *** (88)

On The Bench

  42 Ngobeni
  6 Arendse sub **
  Manqele sub ***
  3 Khumalo
  34 Zwane
  83 Henyekane
  21 Mushekwi sub *
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