Gauteng side SuperSport United put in the performance of the day as they defeated Brazilian club Cruzeiro 3-1 on the second day of the 2015 Future Champions Gauteng International Tournament at the Football Training Centre in Pimville, Soweto on Tuesday (24 March 2015).
Goals from Khanyisa Mayo, national Under-17 captain Nelson Maluleke and Athenkosi Dladla sealed the victory for SuperSport, who have blown their Group D wide open.
Arthur provided a consolation for the Brazilians, who must now better the result of SuperSport in Wednesday’s final pool matches.
They take on local side Jomo Cosmos, while SuperSport tackle Ferroviario de Maputo from Mozambique.
Bidvest Wits made it two wins from two when they defeated Namibian side Oryx FC 2-0 thanks to goals from Roberto Goncalves and Luvuyo Mkatshana, who netted his second of the tournament.
That result, coupled with Sunderland AFC’s 2-0 win over University of Pretoria means that the English club will meet Wits in a straight shoot-out for top spot in Group A on Wednesday.
Sunderland AFC claimed their victory as Elliot Embleton and Luke Molyneux found the back of the net.
Ferroviario de Maputo and Zambian outfit K-Stars played to a 1-1 draw. Adriano dos Santos scored for the Mozambicans, while Francisco Kapilingo was on target for K-Stars, with the Maputo club still in with a shot of the semi-finals.
Home side Orlando Pirates FC played to a 0-0 draw with Dutch visitors ADO Den Haag that leaves both those teams on four points at the top of Group B. With an identical goal-difference and number of goals scored, it now comes down to who gets the better result on Wednesday.
Pirates take on Oryx FC, while ADO Den Haag challenge University of Pretoria with a win and goals the order of the day.
Finally, Italian side Torino defeated Jomo Cosmos 2-0 as Matteo Tobaldo got his second goal in as many days and Manuel de Luca added the other.
The Future Champions Gauteng International Tournament, now in its seventh installment, sees 12 teams from across the globe compete for the coveted prize and the opportunity to be crowned champions.
Boca Juniors from Argentina were crowned champions in 2009, with Chinese side Shandong Luneng victors in 2010. Atletico Mineiro were the first Brazilian winners when they triumphed in 2011 and then repeated that success in 2012 and 2014, with Club Tijuana victors the year in between.
13h15 – K-Stars vs Torino
13h30 – University of Pretoria vs ADO Den Haag
14h45 – Orlando Pirates vs Oryx FC
15h00 – Sunderland vs BidVest Wits
16h15 – Ferroviario Maputo vs SuperSport United
16h30 – Cruzeiro vs Jomo Cosmos
BidVest Wits 2 (Roberto Goncalves, Luvuyo Mkatshana) Oryx FC 0
Ferroviario Maputo 1 (Adriano dos Santos) K-Stars 1 (Francisco Kapilingo)
Sunderland 2 (Elliot Embleton, Alex Ramshaw) University of Pretoria 0
Orlando Pirates 0 ADO Den Haag 0
Torino 2 (Matteo Tobaldo, Manuel de Luca) Jomo Cosmo 0
SuperSport United 3 (Khanyisa Mayo, Nelson Maluleke, Athenkosi Dladla) Cruzeiro 1 (Arthur)