Royal AM staged a superb fightback to shatter AmaTuks’ Nedbank Cup semi-final bid with a 3-2 win at Chatsworth Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Tuks spent the majority of the first half toiling at the finish line in rainy cold weather.

Wonderboy Makhubu broke the deadlock in the 19th minute of the contest to put his side in front.

The game turned scrappy and congested as both teams looked to establish control in midfield.

As the half progressed, it was an encouraging period for University of Pretoria, as Makhubu completed his brace in the 27th minute.

The showdown went into the interval with John Maduka’s side trailing behind by 2-0.

AM steamed into the second half brightly and the rampant Thwihli Thwahla couldn’t be contained.

Thirteen minutes into the second stanza, Victor Letsoalo pulled one back for the hosts from a penalty point.

The KwaZulu-Natal club continued to dictate the match and were able to level matters through Letsoalo, who also completed his brace in the 89th minute.

Right on the stroke of the second half, the home side took advantage when Mpfundo Thikazi scored the third goal.

As a result, AM cruised their way into the Nedbank Cup semi-finals where they will face the unstoppable Mamelodi Sundowns at home.

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