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Sundowns beat Leopards in Nedbank Cup

Posted: 2 May 2010 Time: 17:05

A goal from Esrom Nyandoro sent Sundowns through to the quarters of the Nedbank Cup.

Nyandoro scored in the 85th minute for his first goal of the season, while Matthew Pattison's hard work in the centre of the park earned him the Man of the Match award.

Leopards were the best of the two sides in the first 45 minutes, as they looked to take the game to the Brazilians early on, and they had two long-range efforts in the first five minutes.

First, in the second minute of the match Khethokwakhe Masuku drove forward and tried his luck from about 35 yards out. Fortunately for Brian Baloyi in the Downs goal the shot just went wide as he scrambled across his goal-line.

Then two minutes later Samson Mofokeng watched his long-range shot just skim the wrong side of the upright.

Leopards’ passing was much more fluid than Sundowns’, but nonetheless the Tshwane side began to take control of the midfield, with Matthew Pattison doing the hard work in the middle of the park to give his side the ascendancy.

The Brazilians first real chance of the game came in the 29th minute, sparked by Pattison. After a good build-up Benedict Vilakazi found himself through on goal, 12 yards out and with only the keeper to beat.

The Leopards goalie Ayanda Mtshali, however, pulled off a fantastic save, diving to his right to palm the effort around the post.

Mtshali was called into action again seven minutes later with another great save, this time diving full stretch to his left to tip a 25-yard Pattison free-kick over the crossbar.

The best chance of the half fell the way of the Leopards two minutes into injury time. A free-kick was fired into the Sundowns box, and Baloyi fumbled the ball into the path of two Black Leopards attackers, who stumbled over each other, giving Baloyi the chance to make a fine double save.

Leopards dominated proceedings to a large extent in the second stanza, with Mofokeng proving to be the main danger man.

The Leopards striker should have put his side in front in the 56th minute when he showed some skill to beat a couple of players and put himself in a one-on-one situation with Baloyi.

But with acres of time and space he squandered the golden opportunity pushing his effort wide of the target from only ten yards out.

Mofokeng caused more trouble seven minutes later when he whipped in a dangerous low cross which Baloyi fumbled, but no other Leopard players were following up.

Then Sundowns stole the lead against the run of play, with their first clear-cut opportunity in the second half. Benedict Vilakazi head out a corner to Esrom Nyandoro on the edge of the box. The Zimbabwean took one touch to control the ball and placed a finely-chosen shot into the top right corner, 1-0.

After scoring Sundowns were able to hold onto their lead, stealing victory from Black Leopards on the day.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 05:31 pm
nice one Masandawana. What matters is that we're through to the next round. Leopards supporters expected dis whereas sypporters of a certain team were expecting miracles. Shame. We'll avenge what happened to our baby
posted: 05:38 pm
im happy we won bt trott made it difficult 4 hm self hw cn u play the same type of players in tso and papi whr was pelembe and katongo dis nt an experiment clas plz dnt do that again we wnt b so lucky
posted: 05:39 pm
Nkamodi, r u pregnant?
posted: 05:45 pm
we really dont have coach, it just that we have quality players, thats what won us this game and the Island one. Trott is none tactical at all.
posted: 05:49 pm
shame it dont rain but pour at Golfers Chiefs. both Pirates and Sundowns shows that no matter what u cant lose against minors.And thats painful to the Golfers
posted: 06:04 pm
all fraudulent trophies: Go ask dat to ur mother that's ifu hev one
posted: 06:09 pm
sundowns won bt im begging them to give a chance to mmotong the guy he showed tht he is a real hard worker its jst he doesnt get a fair chance at the club, thnks to baloyi he showed his experience
posted: 10:33 pm
@nkamodira, my frnd i was jst asking man ha ha ha,yhoo.i dnd hv a mum ha ha ha.
Maestro KC
posted: 07:07 am
DR NDIVHUWO: 2010-05-02 17:49

I see that you are not a man of your word.

Congrats to both Piecity and Sunflowers although Piecity are more deserving of their win, Sunflowers were lucky, very lucky as Leopards outplayed them in every department but failed to score. A goal is a goal no matter how it comes, thats what wins games.

It is getting more and more interesting.

posted: 07:16 am
the stadium was empty! i c disaster if this team reach the final ,the sponsors will have to give away 90 percent of the tickets to fill soccer city. phela orlando stadium is half the size of soccer city and sunclowns didnt even fill quater of it.
Champ Lucho
posted: 08:14 am
A win is a win. Hard luck to Leopards. Perfect display for the team from Mvela and I still think they were more hungry than Sundowns. Sundowns did not play like a team that so many millions were spent on. They did not even threaten to can be the NO 1 team in Pretoria let alone S.Africa.

However well done Sundowns, hopefully we won't be subjected to watch a Mvela team in the final. That will be a disgrace to S.A football ahead of the WC.

Khozi Elihle
posted: 08:18 am
The sooner Patrice brings Lopez back,the better.As for Trott,concetrate on what you know best(unofficial agent)and make as much money you can.I miss the Downs I know.
posted: 08:19 am
If things remain like this, I see disaster with this club come next season. I just wish they draw CT Cape Town or MP Aces today so that they can go to the next round. Drawing any other club will mean they are out of the tournament. K4L.
Sundowner Classics
posted: 08:26 am
Tso is my many. Happy for ur come back man
Sundowner Classics
posted: 08:37 am
Maestro KC: 2010-05-03 07:07 [ Report ]

Talk about luck, How many times did Chiefs win trophies thorough Luck, expressed in deflections, Penalties,own goals from opponents, Moriri failing to put a final touch while the ball is in the touchline during MTN 8. Sundowns was not lucky there. There was no deflection, it was just a good skill from combination from Pattison, Vilakazi and Nyandoro's good finish.
Maestro KC
posted: 08:43 am
Sundowner Classics: 2010-05-03 08:37

Please read carefully...A goal is a goal no matter how it comes, thats what wins games.

By luck I am talking about their tactics on the day, they were not threatening and didn't look hungry for a win but Nyandoro scored and thats what counts.

You must READ...

posted: 08:54 am
Limping Downs soldier on to the next round, well done boys, Soccer City here we come!
posted: 08:58 am
I still maintain that we have a clueless technical team, management and Executive at Downs, at this rate, we're going nowhere slowly.

Bring us a coach now, please!
Sundowner Classics
posted: 09:01 am
Maestro KC: 2010-05-03 08:43 [ Report ]

I'm Sundowner Classics, I am a new kid on the block. first time in kickoff. I greet all Sundoweners,in the name of Sundowner Classics only limited by the sky. Mr Maestro KC, Do'nt worry my man. I was just pulling your leg. I know a win is a win, you are 100% right. luck is also part of the game, without a bit of luck you won't win anything.
posted: 09:02 am
Even with a second string squad we managed to reach da quaters,while da so called cup specialist where knocked out by Mvela side.
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