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Sundowns edge EC Bees to progress to Nedbank last eight

The New Age 2018-03-13 20:11:01
Mzikayise Mashaba,Thapelo Morena of Mamelodi Sundowns challenge Sipho-Sihle Mtule of EC Bees during the Nedbank Cup, Last 16 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and EC Bees at Loftus Stadium on March 13, 2018 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Mamelodi Sundowns have reached the quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup following their 2-1 win over ABC Motsepe League club EC Bees on Tuesday evening at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium.

Sundowns were in control of the game in the early stages of the match but could not utilized their chances. EC Bees broke the deadlocks in the 16th minute through Joseph Chikile after defender Siyabonga Zulu made a mistake at the back.

The visitors went to halftime leading 1-0 but they could not maint the lead in the second half. Sundowns grabbed their equaliser early in the second half when skipper Hlompho Kekana scored a long strike from outside the box.

The home side took the lead in the 76th minute through defender Thapelo Morena. EC Bees tried to get an equaliser but could not penetrate Sundowns’ defence.