Sundowns sneak into CAF Champions League semi finals after VAR drama

Mamelodi Sundowns showcased their resilience and determination as they secured a spot in the semifinals of the Caf Champions League with a 3-2 penalty shootout victory against Young Africans of Tanzania at Loftus Versfeld.

The home team’s goalkeeper, Ronwen Williams, emerged as the hero by saving two crucial penalties, propelling Masandawana to the next stage of the competition.

Despite both teams being deadlocked at 0-0 on aggregate over the two legs, Sundowns and Yanga battled fiercely in a physical encounter.

The return of Themba Zwane from suspension failed to break the stubborn Yanga defense, requiring a penalty shootout to determine the winner.

Marcelo Allende, Lucas Ribeiro, and Neo Maema kept their composure, converting their penalties flawlessly to secure the victory for Sundowns.

The match saw moments of suspense and excitement, with Yanga proving to be formidable opponents who were not in Tshwane to simply make up the numbers.

A pivotal VAR decision saved Masandawana after Aziz Ki’s thunderous strike hit the underside of the bar but was ruled not to have crossed the goal line.

The tension mounted as the game approached its conclusion, with Franses Mzize missing a crucial opportunity for Yanga, setting the stage for the dramatic penalty shootout.

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