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Mamelodi Sundowns beat Mpumalanga Black Aces easily

Posted: 2 March 2011 Time: 21:30

Mamelodi Sundowns beat Mpumalanga Black Aces 2-0 in a League match on Wednesday night.

The Brazilians scored their goals through Matthew Pattison and Katlego Mphela, while AmaZayoni played nearly two thirds of the match with ten men but still put up a respectable performance.

The opening 30 minutes provided entertaining action, as both Aces and Sundowns looked intent on playing an attacking game.

Sundowns effectively wrapped up the game in a five-minute spell after the half hour mark that saw them score two goals either side of a harsh sending off for Aces defender Marc Eberle.

First, in the 32nd minute, the Brazilians opened the scoring through Matthew Pattison, who latched onto a square pass from Elias Pelembe and provided a superb finish into the top corner of the net from the edge of the box.

Two minutes later, AmaZayoni were reduced to ten men when centre-back Eberle was shown a straight red card by referee Charl Theron for a foul on Richard Henyekane just outside the penalty area.

Television replays suggested that the decision was incredibly harsh: Eberle’s foul was neither malicious nor particularly late, and Aces had James Madidilani coming across to cover, thus the German defender was not clearly denying the Sundowns striker a goal scoring opportunity.

Aces would have felt hugely aggrieved at the decision, but their anger was compounded when Mphela scored a superb goal direct from the free kick that was awarded for Eberle’s foul, making it 2-0 to Sundowns in the 37th minute.

The hosts reshuffled somewhat at the start of the second half, sending on Lindokuhle Mbhatha in place of Madidilani to give them more balance in their ten-man line-up.

And, although they were at a numerical disadvantage, Aces actually looked the likelier scorers in the first 20 minutes or so of the second stanza. Both Myron Shongwe and Mpho Maleka fluffed free headers in the penalty area, while Makhanya was unlucky to see a superb long range shot rebound off the underside of the crossbar with Wayne Sandilands well beaten.

Sundowns themselves hit the woodwork in the 67th minute, with Mphela’s shot skimming the top of the bar after substitute Nyasha Mushekwi had made a mess of a good scoring chance of his own before teeing up a chance for ‘Killer’.

The Brazilians also ended the game with ten men after substitute Surprise Moriri picked up two unnecessary bookings in the mere 26 minutes he was on the pitch. However, it wasn’t enough to spark any kind of comeback from the hosts.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 09:44 pm
What is difficult for Sundowns to play for 90 minutes? This is sickening. It started against Bidvest Wits when we failed to finish off a 10 man wits. If we harbour any hopes of winning this league, the attitude of these players need to change. Pelembe is full of jokes no wonder no overseas scouts make a move on him despite his immense talent. I mean how do you dribble a goalkeeper and then push the ball away from the goal posts? Aces and Wits should atleast been handed a 5-0 drubbing. Gorowa i am beginning to doubt your training methods. Why do these guys get so tired in the second half?
Anonymous
posted: 09:44 pm
Shapa downs shapa its not over til its over siyabangena kabu yellow
Anonymous
posted: 09:47 pm
thnks sundowns i thnk we r in th race nw good wrk guyz letz win th leage pls
Anonymous
posted: 09:51 pm
an ounce of gold gets u a red card ...add one more and a very close freekick or a penalty..hehehe...bobby cabage will never buy that..where is the duke.pap wnt do it hey
Anonymous
posted: 10:06 pm
dont get too excited sundows because u know that you win games n da third its a loose.
21 Guns Salute
posted: 10:19 pm
Good three points away from home. But the perfomance in the second half was pathetic. I think the players are not scared of Gorowa seeing he was begging almost on his knees for Mphela to come back. He just stand there with big eyes and says nothing during the games. He needs to get the players playing for him.
21 Guns Salute
posted: 10:21 pm
Good three points away from home. But the perfomance in the second half was pathetic. I think the players are not scared of Gorowa seeing he was begging almost on his knees for Mphela to come back. He just stand there with big eyes and says nothing during the games. He needs to get the players playing for him. I think the players are only playing for a win bonus which is R5000 per game. They don't care about the supporters who travelled so far to get entertained.
Sweyts',)
posted: 10:36 pm
Hard luck Amazayoni, whilst we sympathise with you we had to do this, nothing personal.

Oh....well done to ref. Theron for being the 1st to red-card Moriri, nx.

U-Mphela yena has a lot of making up to do, I still hate his guts and have vowed not to celebrate any of his goals, even against Chiefs I still wo'nt! mh.
Anonymous
posted: 11:49 pm
One game at a time Masundawana.
Anonymous
posted: 02:26 am
Thought ts little bt 2 late 2 chase d leading team, bt i stil mentain dat d league is stil open 4 ol d 4 teamz on d top, i hop d downs playerz wil soldier on, and hopefuly they wont disappoint this tim, i stil hav som faith fo my playerz w cn stil do it. Amen
Nipsy
posted: 06:20 am
I hate Downs bt I lyk Katlego-ZOLO Mphela.
Anonymous
posted: 06:45 am
Hi. Mpela is th best strker and no1 is gona stop hm.go mpela go
Anonymous
posted: 07:16 am
Sundowns rocks
Wonder
posted: 07:22 am
Lets just keep on plugging away Dawanas and take it a game at a time, the rest will take care of itself.

Pelembe is a Superstar!
Anonymous
posted: 07:22 am

well done to Sundowns, Guys embrace yourself and prepare because we are going together in Africa. The 2nd spot belongs to you guys.

After we knock you out of Nedbank, you will lose concentration once again.
fire
posted: 07:39 am
These three points are welcome!

One game at a time.
Marop wa le Downs
posted: 07:41 am
Sundowns my Sundowns. Please, why cnt you finish off opponents? Do you know that the league could be decided on goal difference? I still love you though!!
Anonymous
posted: 08:03 am


After we knock you out of Nedbank, you will lose concentration once again.
caylin1
posted: 08:06 am
my x team that i have divorced but my love 4 u will never die
fe issues i have my midle field why we look unorganized without Nyandoro, it appears like no one really wants to the dirty job in his absence , i am concerned Pattison was booked and he is missing the Arrows encounter ,Papi Zothwane good but lazy and release the ball later
Piano&ShuShine
posted: 08:14 am
I appriciate the goals which gave us the 3 points. but i also need more goals coz this league is going to be decided on goal difference. The Downs strikers and other players should know that the CEO of PSL will NOT SHAMBOK them if they score 9 goals in one match. they must scores floods of goals on sinking opponents we met in the past 2 encounters. I am not happy with the 2nd half performance.
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