AmaZulu strike late to down City

Carlington Nyadombo scored a late winner from the penalty spot as AmaZulu defeated Manchester City 2-1 in the Nelson Mandela Football invitational at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Thursday night.

The home side opened the scoring midway through the first half through Bongani Ndulula but City replied soon after through James Milner before Nyadombo netted the deciding goal late in the match.

The first chance of the match fell for the visitors in the seventh minute when they were awarded a freekick on the left, but Tapuwa Kapini pulled off a great save to keep out a dipping effort from Samir Nasri.

The opening goal came in the 20th minute as Ndulula intercepted a poor back pass from Aleksandar Kolarov and nudged the ball past Joe Hart before finishing into an empty net, 1-0.

However, the visitors were back on level terms six minutes later when Yaya Toure’s header was deflected into the path of Milner on the right, who then fired a powerful shot past Kapini from a tight angle, 1-1.

The two sides continued to trade blows with Goodman Dlamini flashing a long range effort wide of goal in the 27th minute, while Fernandinho saw his piledriver dipping just over the crossbar a minute later.

Nasri came close to putting his side ahead in the 29th minute when he collected a loose ball before bursting into the box, but yet again the French midfielder was denied by Kapini, who came off of his line to make the block.

Both sides made a host of changes at the break, but it was City who emerged as the more dangerous side with substitute Jack Rodwell testing Aubrey Mathibe with a low drive, but the substitute goalkeeper was equal to the task.

Mathibe continued to keep his side in the game in the 61st minute with a brilliant save to deny Edin Dzeko, before parrying another dangerous cross from the Bosnian forward moments later.

Then when the match looked like it was headed for a draw it was the home side who were handed a chance to steal victory in the dying moments when they were awarded a penalty after Abdul Razak was adjudged to have fouled Marc Van Heerden.

Nyadombo stepped up to take the resulting spotkick and the central defender made no mistake as he buried his shot past Costel Pantilimon to secure victory for Craig Rosslee’s side.