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Sundowns, Santos in dull draw

Posted: 12 March 2008 Time: 21:14

Mamelodi Sundowns and Santos played out a dull 0-0 draw in an Absa Premiership encounter at the Super Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The game was not helped by the wet conditions which made life difficult for the players, nor by the tactics of Santos, who set out their stall for the draw from early on.

The Brazilians played some nice football in midfield, but were allowed space and time by a Santos side determined to protect their penalty area at all costs

In a first half of few chances, Lerato Chabangu’s lofted ball picked out Godfrey Sapula, who controlled and shot, but could not beat Wayne Roberts in the Santos goal as the keeper stuck out a boot to deflect the ball wide.

Moriri made Roberts work four minutes into the second half, but the big goalkeeper turned his shot around the post, though the ball may have been going wide in any case.

Chabangu earned himself a free-kick on 65-minutes with a theatrical drive, and then curled his effort from 25-yards into the side-netting.

Sundowns were camped in Santos’ half for much of the second period, but despite some pretty football leading up to the penalty area, they struggled to create clear-cut opportunities as the visitors’ defence held its shape well.

Esrom Nyandoro skidded a long-range effort just wide of Roberts’ far post, a piece of action that epitomized the game – Sundowns restricted to shooting from distance, hoping the wet conditions would make life difficult for the Santos stopper.

Substitute Peter Ndlovu had the ball in the back of the net with six minutes to play, but his headed strike was correctly ruled out for offside. But he should have scored deep in injury time as he had acres of time and space in the penalty area, but the Zimbabwean somehow missed the target with just Roberts to beat.

The result moves Santos onto 35 points, level with third-placed Orlando Pirates and Free State Stars, who remain above them on goal-difference. Sundowns move up once place to 12th.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 08:05 am
i can c dis bright guy is gettin' so much praise, deservedly so. should he get lucky again against bucs then i'll take my never worn hat off for MAJOR BRIGHT. well done to santos for yo superb performance lately, "the tswana juju men r seriously gettin busy"
posted: 08:11 am
Trot the relegator, where is Ratanang Maholosiane, Vaal Proffesionals etc. they were relegated by Trot. Now Sundowns beware, you will conquer Mvela next season.
posted: 08:22 am
Shame Sunflowers, where is ur pride really? I think you guys must fire all those useless players like Sapula and Arendse
Mr. President
posted: 08:22 am
Sunflower 8 - 1 Santos, where is Saddam, Saddam you talk too much
posted: 08:26 am
What a dull and boring game, i'll be ashamed if i was a Sundowns supporter.
posted: 08:43 am
first af all that fanyana dladla guy is useless and he is not better that josta or careelse.sundowns should have played with a natural shriker from the beginning instead of playing 3 natural defensive midfilders.mhlongo did well in the right back position on occasions bringing in some dangerous crosses.but all in all a very dull game with few shots on target.and i think supersport is going to whip sundowns with a big margin,kermit erasmus is going to be too much for those slow sundowns defenders.
posted: 09:20 am
Those teams are young for major.ask Cameroon,Tunisia,China and korea.if want to beat him do that in first half eseng jalo o jelwe.The animal is coming there.beware of Jarome.
posted: 09:27 am
we miss u SADDAM = SAD MAN, where are u?
posted: 11:01 am
Sundowns played well, so much improvements keep it up...
As a Pretorian, and seeing that a league is out of our reach, I wish Supersport take the league title so the cup remains in Tshwane.
posted: 11:11 am
Sundowns played well, so much improvements keep it up...
As a Pretorian, and seeing that a league is out of our reach, I wish Supersport take the league title so the cup remains in Tshwane.
posted: 03:30 pm
This Moloto Dude is taking sundowns no where.Why he played without a striker beats me. You played most of the time with 70% possesion why you did not put a striker and replace a defender show lack of vision. You did not need four defenders while you enjoyed so much possession. Mr Motsepe if you bring a new coach now is better since he will be assessing players for next year. I believe the stratergy for sundowns at the moment should play all the young stars together with players who warmed the bench for the better part of the year (e.g Ndlela, Arendse,Ngwenya, mabizela,Kannameyer, Ngwepe) so as to prepare them for next year. When the axe come end of the year to tranfer all the dead wood all players would have had a fair chance.Thus the coach would be in a better position to make informed decision.The more experience players should fair mostly in the champions league. Trappa, do something different. I know you will rave that you kept two clean sheets which is something that sundowns failed to do of lately, but you are not building the team for next year. Have some vision that way will understand.
posted: 10:44 am
Trot how dop u expect to win when ur 1st eleven was made up of only midfielders and edfendres?i mean acuna,sapula,moriri,nyandoro,dhladhla and lerato-no striker or they are no more at downs?
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