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Mamelodi Sundowns beat Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 in MTN8

Posted: 6 August 2011 Time: 16:52

Mamelodi Sundowns beat Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 in their MTN8 quarter-final on Saturday afternoon.

A header from Mabhuti Khenyeza in the 79th minute sends the Brazilians through.

The home side worked their way into the game after a slow start, but after some tactical substitutions in the second half they played with more urgency and were rewarded late in the game.

The winner from Khenyeza came from a corner as his well-angled header left Celtic keeper Patrick Tignyemb keeper with no chance.

In the early exchanges Punch Masenamela pulled up gingerly running onto a ball, indicating a injury, but he made a quick recovery.

Both teams looked rusty in the first half hour with no real creativity in attack.

The pitch was in bad condition, with the occasional green patch breaking up the predominant brown.

New Sundowns coach Johan Neeskens seemed to have little effect on his team's attacking prowess in the first half with the home side not doing much with most of the possession.

Bafana Bafana striker Katlego Mphela was introduced in the second half for Down and had an immediate impact.

He reeled off a powerful shot from the edge of the area in the 62nd minute that had Tignyemb diving full stretch to keep his side level.

As the game headed into the last quarter, Sundowns started to land more passes and looked threatening on attack.

Teko Modise controlled the ball well, while having the odd go at goal himself.

The momentum swayed in favour of Sundowns with little time left, and Khenyeza had the final say in a match where goal opportunities were few.

Speaking after the match Neeskens praised the visitors' defence.

"The pace was lacking [in the first half] because we were playing against a well-organised defence and they didn't give us very much space," said Neeskens.

"It was not easy to play the one-two touch game because of their tight defence.

"I said to them [at half-time], have patience. On the sides with [Franklin] Cale and [Elias] Pelembe in one-on-one situations, they have to do more and sometimes they crossed each other when they should not have.

"In the end I think we deserved the win because we had more possession and we tried to win this game more than they did."

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Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 05:03 pm
Boring game! it wasn't what I expected from sundowns maybe they will get better as the season progresses
Anonymous
posted: 05:05 pm
Teko maan teko,thts the navigator we missd nd lved to wtch,he ws gr8 2day
Anonymous
posted: 05:06 pm
All we needed is a Win. We got it.
Anonymous
posted: 05:11 pm
Come monday Not all of us will be there. Downs are u happy? I am happy.
Anonymous
posted: 05:11 pm
Bafana ba style,halala masandawana.those with their negative comments they can cary on,we are through to the last 4.
Anonymous
posted: 05:11 pm
This is wat u were w8in 4 COWditor?
Anonymous
posted: 05:12 pm
i didn't watch the game but i bilieve it was hot, as d say goes wafa wafa
Anonymous
posted: 05:16 pm
teko is back
Anonymous
posted: 05:18 pm
i wish u cn meet khosi in da semi coz u won by luck n u were playi kak!
Anonymous
posted: 05:23 pm
Well done sundawana.wish we can draw pierats in the semis
Anonymous
posted: 05:24 pm
Correction modise isn't back this is a new TEKO “GOOGLE EARTH” modise.
Anonymous
posted: 05:27 pm
Good start 4 a new coach. The new young defence looks good bt m worried abt the height. Any way since mphahlele is around he ll cover dat.

Wena khosinyana ndini you still hav 2 face wits b4 u wish dt kak. Downs is in the semis.
Anonymous
posted: 05:28 pm
Moriri I'm loving his new role and was my man of the match. Musa nyatama. musa nyatama enough said. Many positive taken from the match and the great attractive football. Ka bo yellow. Sky is the limit.
Anonymous
posted: 05:31 pm
SunBumz ar scared of khosi coz they knw dat we alwayz knck them out in any cup competition. Shapa khosi Shapa!
Anonymous
posted: 05:51 pm
hu du u thnk u r fooling wena editor? Whr r my comments. Now u came up wth an assay, dat short script of urs was ok 2 us.
Anonymous
posted: 05:55 pm
hee hee, we are in the semis, musa nyatama, remember the name! Remember the name! Lol moriri welcome back bro, just work on your pace. Teko, nobody gives a damn about your moaning, stop falling around and play. You did good anyway! Hooooo, who's next in line?
Anonymous
posted: 05:59 pm
haterz will alwyz be der while Suprise dancing wthout sweating ha ha ha. Pelembe boy Jele rumoured 2b injurd
Anonymous
posted: 06:05 pm
u cowditor i wont boda reading dis assay of urs. m wielded 2 dat short paragraph u had posted b4. I WARN U NYATAMA WILL SORT U, SO B WARNED.
Anonymous
posted: 06:10 pm
Some confused pirates and chiefs supporters expect sundowns to play a pacey game like their teams, well that's not what sundowns is about.
The players kept knocking the ball around but going to the final 3rd of the opposition's half we kept losing the ball rather cheaply.
The positives though from the game was our youthful centre backs. those boys know that you don't have to be old to be considered a classy quality player- honestly this is what i call the future of bafana. our centre backs can easily handle anything which benni & co. as well as parker & co. have to offer. remember- it was xulu who made booth look bad.
Nyatama did good- somebody tell manyambela to watch nyatama very closely-he could learn a thing or two from our guy.
Moriri- well he can only get better playing in his new role. i can't wait to see him chill out aboJali noManyisa with shibobos.
More games = a unified sundowns.
Futibol
posted: 06:21 pm
Hey you Khosokazi,1st you must beat wits then we can talk
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