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Posted: 16 September 2009 Time: 22:28

Bidvest Wits beat Mamelodi Sundowns 4-2 thanks to goals from Mark Haskins, Fabricio Rodrigues and Tefu Mashamaite, scoring a brace.

Katlego Mphela netted two times for the Brazilians. It was a stunning victory for the Students, who were 1-0 down at half-time. The Absa Premiership clash was played at Johannesburg’s Bidvest Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Both teams were testing each other strengths during the opening minutes of the game until the Brazilians’ Esrom Nyandoro set up Elias Pelembe on the right in the seventh minute. The Mozambican crossed the ball into the box, finding Katlego Mphela. The Bafana striker neatly headed the ball in goal, although Mphela was helped by some weak goalkeeping of Wits’ Darren Keet. Anyway, it was 1-0 to Sundowns.

The goal was followed by the Brazilians dominating play, creating chances for Kurt Lentjies and, especially, Matthew Patteson who somehow failed to score with the Students goalkeeper already beaten. However, Wits slowly recovered form the shock of conceding an early goal on home ground and started the regroup.

Sundowns coach Hristo Stoitchkov replaced right-back Siboniso Gaxa at the break with Vuyo Mere. However, Mere had barely touched the ball before Wits had equalised. Myeni’s well directed free kick from the left wing was neatly finished by Haskins a minute after the break.

But the Students were probably still celebrating when Mphela scored to make it 2-1 two minutes later with no defender in sight. Wits coach Roger de Sa was, rightly so, furious with his side’s sloppy way of conceding a goal at that stage of the game.

De Sa tried to change his team’s fortunes by bringing on the Brazilian midfielder Fabricio Rodrigues for Sifiso Vilikazi, who enjoyed a fine first half but seemed to have ran out of the steam in the second. The Wits coach must obviously have thought that bringing on a Brazilian against the Brazilians could change his side’s fortunes. And how it did!

Wits’ Kadi thought he had scored in the 71st minute with his head, but referee Daniel Bennett ruled that the striker had used his hand, correctly so. However, Sundowns’ luck didn’t last long as defender Mashamaite set the Bidvest fans in jubilation by scoring two goals in the space of two minutes, both with his head.

But the party wasn’t finished as yet, as Wits’ Rodrigues had something ‘Brazilian’ in stock. Rodrigues smashed a free kick from about 35 metres past Sundowns goalkeeper Calvin Marlin, who probably only heard the ball flying past into the net. It was a marvellous finale to a highly entertaining Absa Premiership match.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 03:14 am
Eish sunflops,to bad but its football
Anonymous
posted: 07:16 am
I dont think we will ever recover from these forms of sloppy performances. How does a team with so many stars give away its lead in this fashion? I can smell a rat here, our coach seems to be failing us. I'm not suggesting that he be fired but this should be an imbarassment to all the Sundowns family. Mr. Motsepe and your club of advisors, the time has come to start looking local for a coach, if you look at Sundowns performance precisely with foreign legion, I guess only a fool will allulate. Foreign coaches have not made it in the PSL, period. One may come with all stupid justifications such as their experience but it seems they forget to bring the winning experience with them, the only coach who seems to have got the rithm right is Krol & the less said about others the better. I rest my case, but I'm really disappointed with my team's performance, period.
Anonymous
posted: 07:42 am
@motshwari...
the coach is not the problem here my brother!!!not unless you are suggesting that he take the boots and get in himself. as compared to last season we are playing better!!!my main problem is with our strikers..and more over, with these past 2 games Marlin seams to be struggling with set pieces....I hope the odds will turn!!
Anonymous
posted: 08:09 am
has anyone scored for downs besides mphela?
Anonymous
posted: 08:31 am
I Sundowns ayibethwangwa...ibhulelwamasaka!!! Stonza I agree with you bra that he coach does not play in the field BUT you could see from the beggining of the game that Down was there for a huge taking. Xulu and Pattison should have been substituted at 1/2 time, ...there were liablities .Mphela had to score those two goals alone...if he went on the wings to cross balls there was not even a single yellow shirt inside the 18 area!!!!!

To be honest the coach seems to be clueless...no wonder why...he is "always happy with my boys performance".I foresee 2 so called big clubs relegated...I wont mention the othe one...in casei m accussed of being a drug addict....hehehehe

Otherwise the refeering on the night, for a change, was spot-on though Rodger de Sa was hopping mad ...why i dont know.

Otherwise Swallows were robbed clear goal for offside. Surely these refeeres and their fellows linesmen/ assistents or whatever take one or two b4 games
Dave10
posted: 08:36 am
Sishayiwe bafethu, fair and squeare. Calvin Marlin sucks...!!!

Anyway, The sky is the limit 4 ever...!!!
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