Ea Lla Koto through to Nedbank semi-finals

Free State Stars are through to the Nedbank Cup semi-finals following a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win over Ubuntu Cape Town on Saturday.

The match at Athlone Stadium ended 1-1 after extra-time as Goodwin Dlamini cancelled out Taahir Ganga’s 28th minute opener with a sensational strike a minute before half-time.

Stars had started well but Sinethemba Jantjie was just off target with a free-kick from 20 yards out with 21 minutes on the clock.

Despite some free-flowing attacking football from Ea Lla Koto, it was Ubuntu who opened the scoring when Ganga headed home following a whipped in free-kick.

Stars though were level when Dlamini worked some space for shot on the edge of the area and smashed his shot into the top right corner of the net.

Ganga then stung the palms of goal keeper Thela Ngobeni, who did well to smother the effort, before Dlamini fired into the arms of Ubuntu shotstopper Malcolm Jacobs.

While Stars probed for a second goal, some resolute defending from the home side saw the match head into extra-time.

Dillon Goss so nearly fired Ubuntu ahead with a close-range shot on the turn late on but Ngobeni was equal to the effort before a superb save from Jacobs denied a lively Maxime Cosse deep into the tie.

Stars ultimately emerged victorious with a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win with Rooi Mahamutsa, Bangaly Keita, Sinethemba Jantjie and Patrick Phungwayo all burying their kicks.

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