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Sundowns salvage a draw

Posted: 27 September 2008 Time: 22:30

Mamelodi Sundowns needed a goal from substitute Dario Monteiro to ensure that their week didn't go from bad to worse, as the Brazilians salvaged a 1-1 draw against Tshwane rivals SuperSport United in an Absa Premiership match at Super Stadium on Saturday evening.

Four days after falling on penalties to Kaizer Chiefs in the final of the MTN8, Sundowns looked set to suffer their first League defeat of the season when United skipper Ricardo Katza handed the hosts a lead inside 20 minutes, but second-half substitutes Dillon Sheppard and Monteiro combined to claim a point for the Brazilians.

Sundowns had to do without regulars Mbulelo Mabizela, Lerato Chabangu and Surprise Moriri, who had all played in the midweek MTN8 final against Kaizer Chiefs.

However, Kurt Lentjies, who may not have started had the likes of Chabangu and Moriri been available, impressed in the opening minutes with his assured and confident play in midfield. The youngster tested United goalkeeper Dennis Onyango with a stinging drive in the ninth minute and also looked set to be through on goal a short while later until Morgan Gould came across to make a fine tackle, as Sundowns dominated the early stages.

But the Brazilians soon found themselves behind, as the unmarked Katza rose highest to meet Elias Pelembe's corner kick in the 19th minute and scored the easiest of headers to put SuperSport 1-0 up. Sundowns weren't helped by goalkeeper Brian Baloyi's half-hearted attempt to come off his line and try claim the ball, only to be left in no-man's land as it bounced past him into the net.

Daine Klate almost scored a carbon-copy goal three minutes later, heading wide from another Pelembe corner. Sundowns coach Trott Moloto must have been highly concerned with his side's vulnerability at set pieces, particularly with the aerial power that Matsatsantsa had at their disposal.

But instead of another aerial barrage, Sundowns were soon threatened by the pace of Fikru Tefera, as the lanky striker powered his way down the left channel in a move that ended with strike partner Katlego Mashego directing a shot at goal on the turn, though Baloyi redeemed himself with a good save low to his right.

The Brazilians' goalkeeper was called upon to make another fine save nine minutes into the second half, punching away Klate's well-struck free kick that he would have seen late from behind the wall of defenders.

Klate was given a great chance to double his side's advantage in the 57th minute, finding himself free on the edge of the box after a great pass from Brent Carelse, but the winger blasted his shot way off target.

Sundowns left-back Sydney Plaatjies tried his luck from long range just prior to the hour mark, only for Onyango to make a comfortable save, and a few minutes later Lentjies couldn't direct his header on target from an angled free-kick.

United's Liberian forward Anthony Laffor had a fine chance to extend his side's lead mere seconds after coming on as a substitute in the 65th minute, but his sliced volley warranted no concern from Baloyi.

Matsatsantsa's were made to pay for their profligacy in the 72nd minute when substitute Dillon Sheppard played a neat one-two with Josta Dladla before a superb cross that was turned home by Monteiro, another replacement.

United were given a further headache when Onyango soon had to be stretchered off having injured himself in an attempt to keep out the goal, though they could call on the experienced Andre Arendse to take his place.

And the former Bafana Bafana 'keeper made a crucial block from Lentjies a minute into injury time to ensure his side took home a point.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 08:03 am
When we (Amakhosi) beat Sunflower in the MTN8 final.... all the haters(sundowns & other teams supporters) couldnt stop telling us how lucky we were.

What the hell is happening here, when is all your comments people?
Doesn't these two teams hav supporters? where's all your comments?
Here's some advice, U ALL LEAVE AMAKHOSI ALONE and START SHOWING SUPPORT FOR UR TEAM.
incase u haven't heard, with all our luck and MUTI WE AGAIN WON 2-0.
YOU GOT TO LOVE THIS TEAM... LIKE Jacob Zuma SAYS, THERE IS NO CRISIS AT CHIEFS, THE CRISIS IS ONLY IN SOME PEOPLES HEADS.
VIVA KHOSI VIVA, amandla mushini wam(mushin) amandla!!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 08:45 am
wher are the now????? chiefs lucky! chiefs dat chiefs blah, blah, blah.....wher r u now sadunusa fans??????????he
Anonymous
posted: 01:14 pm
Can some1 tell me why Ted was sitting with Mr Motsepe? How can u rest players of Mabizela, Moriri n Lerato's calibre when u desparate to get the win. beware Moloto, Ted is going to take your position.
Anonymous
posted: 01:15 pm
why Trott is busy playing the unfit,Lazy & overweiht mbeauma.he is a shadow of what he used to be.unless Ted is the 1 who select the players by the way what was he doing in the VIP suites with Motsepe.(badmouthing Trott).its no secret he wants the coaching position.
Anonymous
posted: 04:57 pm
"Given all the material you said need it and yet you failed to build the quality team,than next what are you going to ask" l think this is what Motsepe will ask Trott and his technical team ayeyeye Trott kwenzenjani ndoda yamadoda
Anonymous
posted: 07:46 am
There must be sumthing stressing Chiefs fans about Sundowns, why are you so much concerned about us? Are you sure you trust your team to be comparable to Sundowns? I dont think so. Sundowns give you so much stress that you wish to see them loosing games like you and Pirates but to no avail. We rested our regular players to prove to some of you Thomases that we are the team of the moment, we have several quality players, you can vomit if you cant stomach that. Sundowns could have burried Supersport in the second half but your supporters who claim to be match analysts and commentators believed otherwise. From now on we shall collect maximum points, whether you chose to hate us or not. Shapa Sundawana Shapa!
Anonymous
posted: 08:00 am
Hahahahahahaha Funny no one recognises the quality in everything Sundowns is doing,,,,the movements, touches, combinations, quality at its best,,,Trott we really acknowledge the hard work you have done for Sundowns,,,CAN I PUT YOU IN MY TOP FIVE,,,HELL YES,,,WELL DONE TROTT,,WE ARE MAKING OUR OPPONENTS CHASE THE SHADOWS,,,,THE SKY IS THE LIMIT,,,,WHO'S NEXT TO CHASE SHADOWS,,,SUNDOWNS FOR LIFE....
Anonymous
posted: 08:08 am
I sense most of the users (kickoff comment box) lack an understanding of football and the business vs football,,,,Soccer for that matter is a very unpredictable game,,,and not getting the MTN 8 shouldn't make you have a lot to say,,,,MOTSEPE is not/neva wasting any money,,,as Downs is a growing brand he is happy and should be taking into consideration the way we are performing,,,,IT'S CALLED AN OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES'...remember last month we were the worst performing team in the PSL...'players need to gel we need more game time' unquote,,,,what's happening now,,what happened in the MTN 8 Final....I feel Sorry for fanatix cos they will never understand football....fortunately I'm one of those few ones who knows what football is,,,,have nothing against any team,,,Chiefs won the MTN 8 ,,,Supersports held us to a draw,,,,but hey Sundowns were marvellous in both games,,,,Trott is here to stay,,,,HATE IT OR LOVE IT,,,,Sundowns is run by a strategist now an entrepreneur,,,,,'Embrace yourselves for the best, entertaining football....by the end of the season '''everyone would like to watch Sundowns Vs The PSL Teams,,,,,
Anonymous
posted: 08:20 am
im one of those who believe moloto must go
Anonymous
posted: 09:18 am
sundowns is the team 2 beat ths season, chiefs u wont even make it in top 8
Anonymous
posted: 09:28 am
motshwari: You know what my brother,,,those SABC analysts/commentators are nothing but a disgrace,,,,I quote 'Chiefs players were more fresher than Sundowns players' unquote,,,,from David Kekana,,,after the final....you tell me how competent is that,,,those morons need to be expelled for life,,,we don't need such ignorance, empty headed creatures to mess with our time and minds,,,,
Anonymous
posted: 11:35 am
Guys I tell you what, I was impressed with this Kurt Lentjies character. Good player!
Anonymous
posted: 06:52 pm
Sunflower people, the sooner you accept that you actually lost the MTN8 final and stop trying to find excuses to feel good about your performance the better. That's all you ever talk about, 66 passes, dominated this and that game, etc. We talk about 7 Finals, 7 wins... Now, that's what we call football
Anonymous
posted: 03:15 pm
SUNDOWNS DEFENDED VERY WELL AGAINST CHIEFS AND SO AGAINST S/SPORT.I BELIEVE THAT THEY WILL HOLD A BEST DEFENCE RECOED THIS SEASON.. THE MIDFIELD CAN CREATE CHANCES, ITS JUST A MATTER OF FIELDING RYT PLAYERS WITH PASSION, VISION AND COMMITMENT.. THE STRIKING FORCE "MPELA, MBESUMA, MORIRI,ZUMA CHABANGU" WILL DO THE DAMAGE THIS YEAR
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