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MTN8: Pirates dates SuperSport United


JOHANNESBURG — The draw was made for the semi-finals of the 2012 MTN8 competition in Johannesburg yesterday morning.

Defending champions Orlando Pirates will take on SuperSport United, while Mamelodi Sundowns will play Moroka Swallows.

The ties will be played over two legs.
Both look tasty ties, with the one involving Pirates and 2012 Nedbank Cup winners SuperSport especially enticing.

The two teams have had some top battles over the past few seasons and it promises to be an open and entertaining tie.

Sundowns earned their place in the semi-finals after a thrilling 4-1 hammering of Kaizer Chiefs in the quarter-finals, a result that sent shockwaves through South African football.

The first leg ties will be played on the weekends of August 18/19 and August 25/26.

Sundowns produced a sparkling performance to thrash football rivals Chiefs 4-1 on Sunday.

Debut goals from Thamsanqa Sangweni, Tebogo Langerman and Edward Manqele, added to another strike from Lebohang Mokoena, handed the Brazilians a record win over Amakhosi, who scored a consolation goal through Reneilwe Letsholonyane and also missed a late penalty.

Sangweni got his Sundowns career to a dream start when he connected with an in-swinging corner from Teko Modise in the seventh minute and powered home under pressure from a group of Chiefs defenders.

Six minutes later it was another set-piece struggle for Chiefs as they failed to clear out a corner-kick, and Langerman powered home a low left-footed shot from inside the box.

Two minutes later Siyabonga Nkosi tried a long-range shot with his weaker left foot from 30 yards, but it went straight into the hands of Wayne Sandilands.

In the 24th minute it was 3-0 to the home side. From a counter-attack the Brazilians caught the Chiefs defence off guard as Modise crossed from the left wing and found the unmarked Manqele, who headed home from close range to make it 4-0 in the 37th minute.

In the 76th minute, Chiefs got their consolation goal when Ngcobo brought the ball back into the box, Parker shot and the deflected ball fell onto the path of Letsholonyane, who finished from six yards out to make it 4-1.

Moroka Swallows beat AmaZulu 2-0 in the other last-eight match on Sunday.

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