Platinum Stars get a win at last
Posted: 14 December 2008 Time: 18:03
Mamelodi Sundowns made it five games without a win as they fell 2-0 to Platinum Stars at Super Stadium on Sunday.
It is Downs second successive home defeat in the Absa Premiership.
Stars' South American striker Luis Renteria grabbed both goals to secure coach Miguel Gamondi a well-earned win over his former team. It is Stars' third away victory of the season and breaks a five-match winless streak.
For Sundowns coach Henri Michel it is a second loss under his tenure following their 1-0 defeat to Swallows last week, and he must be concerned that his team has struggled in their own backyard: this is their fourth home League loss in 2008/09.
The Tycoons move level on points (16) with the Brazilians, but will be ranked ahead of them thanks to a better goal difference.
Renteria threatened to open the scoring as soon as the 10th minute, but he was denied by a fingertip save from goalkeeper Calvin Marlin.
Just past the midway point of the first half, Sundowns' Collins Mbesuma sent a shot wide of goal when he really should have tested Tapuwa Kapini.
Renteria showed the Zambian hitman how it is done when he calmly stroked the ball past Marlin to make it 1-0 in favour of the Tycoons in the 30th minute.
A short while later it was Renteria's striker partner, Henrico Botes, that forced the Downs keeper into another fine save to keep his team in touch.
The Brazilians came out with a renewed sense of vigour in the second half, but they had the wind taken out of their sails when Renteria doubled Stars' advantage in the 53rd minute.
The Columbian scored from close range after good work by Michael Khaile down the visitors' right flank.
From then on it was a straightforward task for the Tycoons, as they put numbers behind the ball and looked to hit Sundowns on the break whenever they had the opportunity.
As it was, neither side was able to add to the score, and the Sundowns players looked relieved to be put out of their misery when the referee blew the final whistle.