Peter Leeuwenburgh is engulfed by his Cape Town City teammates at the end of the penalty shoot-out against Mamelodi Sundowns. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix
Peter Leeuwenburgh is engulfed by his Cape Town City teammates at the end of the penalty shoot-out against Mamelodi Sundowns. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix
Cape Town City goalkeeper Peter Leeuwenburgh saves a Mamelodi Sundowns penalty on Sunday. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix
Cape Town City goalkeeper Peter Leeuwenburgh saves a Mamelodi Sundowns penalty on Sunday. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Dutch goalkeeper Peter Leeuwenburgh saved two shootout penalties on Sunday to take Cape Town City into the MTN8 final and complete a miserable week for Mamelodi Sundowns.

Cape Town triumphed 4-2 on penalties near Pretoria after Sundowns won the second leg of the semi-final 1-0 through a goal from Guinea-Bissau striker Toni Silva.

City had won the first leg by the same scoreline at home last weekend, leaving the clubs deadlocked at 1-1 on aggregate after 180 minutes.

Elimination for Sundowns came five days after they suffered a similar fate at the group stage of the Caf Champions League, a competition they won two seasons ago.

Leeuwenburgh, who joined City on a three-year deal in June from the Ajax Amsterdam reserve side, saved penalties from Silva and Liberian Anthony Laffor to be named the Man of the Match.

“The goalkeepers’ coach and I did our homework on how Sundowns players take penalties,” said the 24-year-old, who represented The Netherlands at three age-limit levels.

“With so little to choose between the teams, a penalty shootout was always a possibility, and I needed to know as much as possible about Sundowns’ regular penalty-takers.

“Cape Town is a young club and we have reached the MTN8 final for the second successive season, so let us go for it and lift the trophy this time.”

City will face SuperSport United, the club who beat them on penalties in the 2017/2018 final of the R8 million winners-take-all competition. 

Bradley Grobler of SuperSport scored the goal that beat Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 in the second leg of the other semi-final in Soweto on Saturday, and took his club through 3-2 on aggregate.

He bagged a first-leg brace last Sunday, leading to his recall by South Africa for a 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Libya in Durban on September 8.