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Mamelodi Sundowns beat University of Pretoria 1-0

Posted: 23 October 2012 Time: 21:24

Mamelodi Sundowns relieved some of the pressure on coach Johan Neeskens with a 1-0 Telkom Knockout Cup win against University of Pretoria on Tuesday evening.

Sundowns dominated possession in the first half, but were unable to really stretch the visitors’ defence and create scoring chances from open play. However, Teko Modise twice threatened from free-kicks.

His first was well palmed away by Tuks goalkeeper Washington Arubi on 22 minutes, while the second rattled the crossbar in the 39th. Those were the only notable attacking moments of the first half from either team.

The Brazilians’ attack clicked into a higher gear in the third minute of the second half. Punch Masenamela picked out Elias Pelembe on the right wing, who beat his marker before providing a perfect low pass which was swept emphatically into the back of the net by Laffor.

Sundowns goalkeeper Dennis Onyango was a spectator in the first half, but he saw more action in the second, keeping out an angled drive from Mame Niang before twice having to punch away an awkward aerial ball in the 74th minute as Tuks began to put more pressure on the hosts’ defence.

Substitute Nyasha Mushekwi had a golden chance to wrap up the game ten minutes before time when he pinched the ball off Tebogo Monyai and headed toward goal, but the defender got back to make a risky challenge and did just enough to deny the striker.

Goalkeeper Arubi produced two excellent saves to keep the score down to 1-0 in the dying minutes, keeping out goal-bound efforts from Mushekwi and Hlompho Kekana as Sundowns searched for a killer second goal.

Previous comments on this story...

Gucci Man
posted: 09:26 pm
Hawu shame bakithi , I can see the smiles from kuWonder & Sweyts

Well done magents ......atleast akufani nokucabuza inja....lol
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 09:27 pm
Well done to Sundowns....well done to Teko Modise......I did say Sundowns will win this one
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 09:30 pm
Sundowns paid R7million for Rodgers?.....ja ne our football.
CJB Ramses III
posted: 09:31 pm
The kind of counter-attacking-park-the-bus-football played by Chiefs that Tuks was playing today has no place in the PSL - they deserve to lose...

Teko was imperious... good game for him...
Gucci Man
posted: 09:32 pm
Now this should be a motivation factor to focuss on this marathon yeABSA Premier League.
As much as you're my rival but I also wouldn't really like to meet a paralyzed Sundowns.....I want to fight for 3 points.
I want the real makoya , glad that this would lift the confidence of your team......hayi shame akufani nobuthongo buzofika magents (Sweyts,Wonder and Brazillito) ha ha ha ha
posted: 09:33 pm
It is a relieve that someone would live another day. Sundowns are just a bunch of people playing soccer, relying mostly on individual skills rather than the cohesion of the team. It is good that they have won. This should serve as a starting point to fight.
The 2nd star beckons!
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 09:35 pm
Pelembe..what happened to this player mara he?....
posted: 09:36 pm
Sory 2 Amakhosikazi,dey wer beaten az Chievs by Wits,beaten by Pirates az Kaizer Leopard,beaten by Maritzburg az Kaizer Swallowz,beaten by Supersport az Kaizer Ajax,Even today beaten by Downz az Kaizer Tukz.Hard luck guyz hop 2 c mor of ur wishez in Quarterfinals.
posted: 09:40 pm
@ Phefeni boy
Since he lost R400 000 (as reported by mail & gurdian), he seems to have lost interest in soccer. But, maybe the situation is a bit tense with the possibility of the coach losing his job, they seem not to break away such mentality. But, then what is happening to the fans out there? I presume even if they say, tickets are R5 rands, people would still not come. Maybe we need to sober up and realise soccer is not a number spot in South Africa.
Gucci Man
posted: 09:41 pm
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 09:35 pm | Report

Pelembe..what happened to this player mara he?....
Khosi lami the confidence is very low , he's one of the talented foreign players in our country. I believe he's adding value to our PSL but there's been rumours of misunderstanding between him and the coach.

However we know what he's capable of ....very talented player. These are the kinds of foreign players we need in our league, not these avarage players like aboMsocoya, Tafera Fikru, Otorogu,Mwape
posted: 09:41 pm
I watched only the first 60 minutes of the game because right after that I started watching the Champions league and immediately I could understand why this game was not broadcasted on HD just like Pirates games.

Rodgers is a good striker and his work rate is fantastic. He holds the ball well and nows what to do with possession. His diagonal runs are also great to watch. But his finishing tonight was atrocious. There was no reason to boo the player off. Gosh. RVP missed a hoal that was easier to score than to miss over the weekend against Stoke. You didn't hear Man United booing him away. We understand that you haven't won in a long time but relax madawana. Otherwise good over all performance. Tuks cannot beat big clubs. They only beat the self-proclaimed big ones. Good luck in your next games madawana.
posted: 09:43 pm
Lol, first it was Punch with 3 points, now Pelembe is happy about the 3 points as well. U guys must enroll at Orlando P learning centre!!
treble freedom in our life time
posted: 09:46 pm
i wana take dis oportunity nd congratulate sundowns 4 their 1st win in as many games, dy must pray dy avoid pirates if 2day's perfomance is anythng 2 go by we r göna beat dm hands down. Up da bucs. 2wards anada treble in our lyftym. Plus a star
Gucci Man
posted: 09:47 pm
The most dangerous a player on the field is a confident player, that's what Pelembe needs right now.
These are the times where you need a decent coach,father-figure,motivator, someone who'll instill that positive attitude and confidence to the players.

Not the rubbish coaches we had in Naturena abo Mushin Ertugral nabo V V......I can still taste bitterness in my mouth when I think of those coaches
Mthinayi (Bugs Killer)
posted: 09:48 pm
Well done Sundown keep it up, let Amakakaniya involve Amakhosi here whereas they are enjoying first spot. And the rest are still fightng for second best, like these insects.
Mthinayi (Bugs Killer)
posted: 09:48 pm
Well done Sundown keep it up, let Amakakaniya involve Amakhosi here whereas they are enjoying first spot. And the rest are still fighting for second best, like these insects.
posted: 09:49 pm
1-0 not a convincing win, but we will take it considering.....
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 09:50 pm
@ Gucci Man

Sure Khosi.........True Pelembe is very talented but since playing for Sundowns he has not been the Pelembe we know at SS United.....eish football......this guy used to play football.....
Sxokzin WaLeKhosi
posted: 09:52 pm
Pierats are away to Celtics in 1/4 finals. Shapa siwelele samasipa! And finally, congrats to this team.
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 09:55 pm
Celtic out..!!
Pirates in..!!

I will be there in Bloemfontein..!!!
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