Bloemfontein Celtic have pulled off a win over revenge-bound Mamelodi Sundowns with a 4-2 win on penalties in the quarter-finals of the MTN 8 tournament on wednesday night. Last season Bloem Celtic put five goals past Downs and it seemed The Brazillians would be out for revenge but the game ended 0-0 after 90 minutes.
It is the second season in a row where Downs fall In the quarter-finals of the competition, last season they were defending champions but they fell early to Platinum Stars. Celtic also crashed out early last season at the hands of Bidvest Wits in the same fashion via a penalty shootout. But this season Phunya sele sele join Kaizer Chiefs, Bidvest Wits and Ajax Cape Town in the next round.
In the first half both teams had chances of their own but the best fell to Keagan Dolly who tested the Celtics keeper Patrick Tingnyemb. Downs were the better side in either half but could not capitalize despite having a number of clear cut chances at goal. Nevertheless Pitso Mosimane’s men dominated possession throughout the game and most chances fell to either Dolly or Fiston Razak who missed a glorious opportunity in the 60th minute.
The game ended 0-0 after 90 minutes and into extra time Downs finally found the back of the net through Razak, who scored from close range to make it 1-0 in the 105th minute. It looked as if Downs had the game wrapped up but Celtic came back with just two minutes left on the clock through Bilankulu who headed home from a free-kick by Lakay.
Extra-time ended with a 1-1 draw and into the penalties Bloem Celtic flawlessly scored every penalty. While Mbekile and goalkeeper Mweene of Sundowns missed their spot kicks and handed Bevan Fransman the honor to score the winning penalty 4-2. Celtic advance through to the next round of the MTN 8 tournament.