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Posted: 10 February 2010 Time: 21:52

Mamelodi Sundowns cut the gap to Absa Premiership leaders SuperSport United to just three points thanks to a 1-0 victory over Platinum Stars at the Super Stadium on Wednesday evening.

A late goal from Surprise Moriri handed the Brazilians a victory that keeps them right on the tails of Matsatsantsa and they can draw level on points if they win their game in hand this coming weekend.

There were plenty of goal scoring opportunities early on, both from open play and set pieces, yet neither Brian Baloyi nor his counterpart Tapuwa Kapini were called upon to make any particularly challenging saves in the first 30 minutes.

Sundowns’ Esrom Nyandoro was desperately unlucky to see his 27th minute shot from just outside the penalty area rebound off the post with Stars’ keeper well beaten.

The Brazilians were again mere inches from taking the lead in the 40th minute when Elias Pelembe’s shot from close range hit the woodwork. It was the last clear scoring chance of the half, with the interval seeing the score locked at 0-0.

On 63 minutes Pelembe whipped a good cross into the Stars box from a free kick that found the head of Matthew Booth, but the tall centre back was unable to direct his header on target.

With just under 20 minutes to play ‘Downs introduced Surprise Moriri off the bench and it proved to be a turning point in the match, with the substitute getting on the end of James Mayinga’s cross to direct a header into the back of the net and hand the hosts a 75th minute lead.

On 82 minutes Stars so nearly drew level but Joseph Malongoane’s long range shot was turned away by Brian Baloyi, probably the best save he had to make on the night.

Three minutes later Moriri almost gave the Brazilians some breathing space with a shot from just inside the penalty area but Kapini tipped the ball over his bar to keep Dinaledi in the contest.

However, Sundowns held out for the victory and will head into this weekend’s game against Santos knowing that a win will put them level on points with their cross-town rivals at the league summit.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:56 pm
Shapa bafana bastyle shapaaa! Ha haa... Moriri is back!
posted: 10:02 pm
Welcome back "Mkhululi" Moriri, with you in the team we will never walk alone. SIYABULELA!

Shapa $undown$ Shapa...!!!

posted: 10:04 pm
Pearl's man ain't gettin laid tonight all because of Moriri, hehehheeh......!!!!
posted: 10:06 pm
A win for Downs on the weekend is all that is needed to take the league from SSU.

Shapa Sandawana Shapa....!!!!
posted: 10:08 pm
Now it's on.Downs has always struggled against stars, a win is a huge boost for them.
posted: 10:21 pm
This race between Sundowns and Supersport is getting tough. It's getting tough and nerve breaking. But I still believe the league trophy is going to Chlorkoop.(Hai Hai Hai ka bo yellow Masandawana)
posted: 10:25 pm
Quiet frankly plate ya nama stars fans are happy with de results bt nt chimpanzees. People dnt want to listen. On sunday dey supoorted ajax and need nt remind them what happened. Tonight they were behind Steve and his donkeys and we know what happened. Sunday they'll rally behind santos fullly knowing what de result wud be. Talk abt confused, bitter and clueless chimpanzees. Santos wud u pls be Sundowns valentine? Keep answer to urself bcos u'll be inviting troubles. Shapa Sundowns shapa. Ho thataaaaaaa banna
posted: 10:34 pm
i would like to congratulate the players for the win,especialy the coach and the technical staff for the way their are changing the players each and every game,especialy at the defence nobody has a regular place,i was'nt expecting mayinga,i expect mngomeni,so the coach is brave to change and chopping each and every game,to morri that was the best way to welcome yourself back to score an important goal,as a downs fans i say thanks a million times,well done boys,shapa mostepe shapa
Tshwane Derby
posted: 10:41 pm
weldone boyz, two more wins and the Absa Tshwane lig tittle will be in chlkop. re ja joy kabo yellow. 7 in the $ky!!!! Moriri awesome
Tshwane Derby
posted: 10:54 pm
@ nka mo dira 2010-02-10 22:25
those zim fan a ba pheli mandla shuu, they will forever wishing for $undown$ to loose mara it will never happn. eish kabo yellow!!!!!
posted: 11:58 pm
just came back from Super stadium,ooooh what a match,thanks my boys,now lets level it out on sunday against santos,then we go for broke,not even going to talk about ssport's new fans,the likes of boPearl,thabang,etc,the game is live on sabc 1,watch it maybe we will looose,to all the organizers,lets all meet ko super stadium on sunday ka 15h00,goooood nyt
posted: 12:25 am
we as Sundowns, dedicated this win to this Cartoons, Pearl, Azie, Thabang, Sibusiso and lastly the broke man who broke his leg during brokee years, yes im talking about Broken fan, even though i hope u a not Broken . Moriri 'wow'! SUNDOWNS THE ONLY TEAM NOT TO LOOSE A GAME IN SECOND ROUND
posted: 12:48 am
Mr.'sundowns' moriri is back.shaaaaappaaaa!!!!!!!!
posted: 05:05 am
hail king moriri and his soldiers. amsandawana ayavutha bhe! yo yo yo! ain't no stopping us now. man i'm running out of words to describe the jot of being a brazillian. when all and sundry is going down, we are going up and gavin hunt is a worried man. but he is not alone, Pearl, brokefan and all naturena ballboys are worried sick. the problem is there is no solution to their problem cause sundowns will keep on dissapointing them and making us happy. there is no voting this time, man must play for three point and that is what sundowns does best, winning. it feels gooooooooooooooooooood to be a brazillian. hothaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaata bana
posted: 07:02 am
posted: 07:13 am
keep it up Sundowns
posted: 07:26 am
if this league race were a movie it wud be an action thriller, talk about edge of the seat action, and the great thing about it is that both teams are playing top class futbol: shapa sundawana shapa!!
posted: 07:46 am
Now that the hit single"we will win the league"by VV has reached Gold status, he is set to release another album with hit songs like"kc playas are stupid nd the remix of we will win the league in 2020 featuring Ras Dumisane" Fans this week released a single'we were happy to see Yende, Masango, Lebese ETC play' for what exactly
Big Dude
posted: 07:49 am
Sorry to burst your bubble masandawana, but the way I see it: Sundowns can never win this league on their own. The 3 teams to play SSU are the ones who can win it for Downs. Because even if Downs and SSU finish on same points, SSU will still take it on Goal Diff.

posted: 07:50 am
1st lets congratulate the boys and of course big ups to all the haters, Pearl and them...thank God have stayed away...until this far. The power of gold is doing wonders, as they would put and yet when they smile, all you see is a yellowish metal in their teeth, sorry Thabang to sell you out like that...
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