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Celtic and Sundowns end goalless

Posted: 3 February 2010 Time: 21:28

Mabhuti Khenyeza cost Mamelodi Sundowns three points as they drew 0-0 with Bloemfontein Celtic at the Super Stadium, getting himself sent off for attempting to hit a Lebohang Mokoena cross with his hand after he had already been previously cautioned.

That sending off was crucial as it meant that Sundowns, who were very much on the attack, lacked the extra body up front that could have helped them turn one of their many opportunities home. The game ended goalless.

Celtic, though, were unfortunate not to have won the game as they were on the end of some incorrect refereeing decisions, most notably when they should have been awarded what was a legitimate goal on 77 minutes after Thembile Kanono’s shot rifled onto the Sundowns crossbar and bounced down over the line. However, the goal was not awarded.

Sundowns got an early scare when Celtic winger Tlou Segolela used his speed to get away from their defence and squared the ball towards team mate Excellent Walaza, who could not get to the ball but neither did Sundowns keeper Brian Baloyi.

The Sundowns keeper had to track to the back post where Cecil Oerson came sliding in; he managed to get a touch to the ball but hit it into the side netting.

Three minutes after that Celtic defender Matoho made a hash of what should have been a regulation clearance on the edge of his own 18-yard area. The ball fell to Katlego Mphela, who moved the ball forward and fired towards goal.

Somehow, and miraculously so, Celtic keeper Patrick Tignyemb managed to get a hand to the ball and punched it up into the air. As the ball fell back into play, Khenyeza got to the ball ahead of Goldstone and blasted the ball at the keeper, who blocked it with his legs.

Five minutes before half time Sundowns were dealt a major blow when Khenyeza, who had earlier picked up a yellow card, attempted to hit Mokoena’s cross from the right with his hand. Referee Charl Theron reached for his top pocket and flashed a red card at Khenyeza, who put his team under unnecessary pressure by getting a needless second yellow card.

Sundowns were not playing like they were a man down and constantly troubled the Celtic defence. Twenty minutes from the end Esrom Nyandoro sent the ball from the right to Mphela, who did brilliantly well to bring the ball under control before pushing past Matoho and it took a brave Tignyemb to come out and stop the ball at the feet of the striker.

Celtic had a goal by Oerson disallowed in the 75th minute as Walaza was judged to be in an off side position. That seemed to spur them on into and in the 77th minute substitute Kanono struck the ball from 20 yards out over Baloyi and it hit the underside of the wood work and bounced behind the line, but the referee did not award the goal.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:35 pm
Only one word to describe Sundowns and the referee's perfomance, PATHETIC!

Celtics was clearly robbed. Trott, don't do a Bobby with the referees please...!!!
posted: 09:40 pm
congratulations Celtics, thats a promising way to end the season. Keep up the momentum.
posted: 09:44 pm
nywe nywe nywe!!!!!
Games are not won on the internet fools,Jislaik this referees are being bribe bu Mtsipe Spurs .bafana bastlayela
posted: 09:46 pm
I wonder if mr referre is going through a devorce or what.celtic should've won but charl theron thought otherwise
posted: 09:48 pm
dull game by downs n the ref, sry celtic da ref robbed u straight away.
Im running out of ink.
The sky.
posted: 09:55 pm
We really need reviews for situations that involve goal arguements.this days referees are w0rse.nxaaa!
posted: 09:58 pm
The only thing that was on Theron's mind was the ounces of gold that he was promised...nx wat was that, hade Celtic
posted: 10:05 pm
posted: 10:16 pm
As much as Theron was visibly bribable, Downs could have snatched it with better mentoring from Stoichkov tonight.

We lost a man before half time, but he still waits for another 35minutes.... only to bring in a player low on confidence coming from a long term injury and leave the brainy Surprise on the bench Nc! nc! nc! even Tso would have given us an edge or two.

This dude has to up his game! We cannot be benching matchwinners at this stage of the season.

On the flip side though Downs deserved fokol from this game, therefore I'm a grateful organiser all the way still.
Sky's the limit.....still.
posted: 10:24 pm
Aluwani: 2010-02-03 22:05 [ Report ]

It's actually supposed to be the players surname, but in cases or should I say in 'special' cases where the player does not look friendly, like ............? of .....? then the team can apply to use either his name or nickname. Chuckle.
posted: 10:29 pm
Pearl : 2010-02-03 21:58 [ Report ]

Go sleep your 3110 will run out of i-battery to wake in the morning. lol.
Tshwane Derby
posted: 10:34 pm
Referees in our country need to be reviewed, their stupid mistakes are costing teams dearly, yes iam a $undown$ fan but we never deserved the point.
posted: 10:40 pm
celtic was denied a victory 2nit and i know its on purpose.mr theron wil never learn 4m his mistake..
posted: 11:20 pm
Lol..tsek sweyts..hehehe
posted: 12:47 am
w may draw or loose 2 celtic bt w still in the race 4 the CHAMPOINSHIP, unlike som other teams who are fitting 4 no3. nc.nc.so now they ar talking as if they won their game lastnight sis, hard luck Siwelele the ref rob u 3 points after stupid play 4rm Khenyeza....all s nt lost MASANDAWANA ASIPHELI AMANDLA
posted: 05:29 am
Now to all the Chimps moffies, read and learn from the stylish supporters. Our team gained an undeserved point bcoz of the referee and we're not defending that k@k, now we know that had it been the Natulawayo gays, the were gonna come up with silly excuses to justify robbery.
posted: 05:32 am
Supersport is now in a much stronger position to snatch the league than before yesterdays games, Downs wasted a very good opportunity to take charge of the league and now it depends on SS loosing, something highly unlikely.
posted: 05:38 am
it still feels good to be a brazilian. ja
Thabang [The KHOSI One]
posted: 06:35 am
Do not underestimate the power of ounces of gold. He he he he he,

Thabang [The KHOSI One]
posted: 06:40 am
Wonder : 2010-02-04 05:29 [ Report ]

Wonder, we will never try and learn from a bunch of CIRCUS. We are very smart and as for you and your CIRCUS team, I am sure you are ashamed of the CRIME we all witnessed last night.

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