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Sundowns beat 10-man Wits

Posted: 8 December 2009 Time: 21:51

A goal by Katlego Mphela in the second half helped Mamelodi Sundowns beat 10-man Bidvest Wits 1-0 at the Super Stadium on Tuesday night.

Wits have now gone without a win in 12 matches after Mphela's headed goal, a 57th minute red card for captain Tefu Mashamaite and a disallowed first half effort by Kadi sealed their fate.

Sundowns struggled in the first half with little cohesiveness despite edging the position over Wits who were more direct and quick with their attacking.

In truth, there was little excitement in the opening 45 minutes as the home side seemed content to sit back and allow their visitors to come at them.

The Clever Boys did have the ball in Downs' net in the 19th minute but the goal was disallowed when Mark Haskins beat the offside trap, rounded keeper Brian Baloyi but instead of going for goal, Haskins then passed to Calvin Kadi who netted into an empty net but was ruled offside by referee Victor Hlungwani on the insistence of his assistant Stephen Moshotle. The call looked marginal.

The Students kept up the pressure throughout the opening half but couldn't get the goal to break the a 0-0 scoreline – which remained until half-time.

In the second half, Katlego Mphela failed to capitalise on a goalkeeping mistake from Wits teenager Darren Keet in the 52nd minute.

The tide of the match turned for goal in the 57th minute though. The Students' skipper and defensive lynchpin Mashamaite was shown a straight red card by referee Hlungwani after the defender pulled down Mphela who was racing for goal and was moving into a goal-scoring position.

Two minutes later Keet produced a tremendous save to deny Downs hard working midfielder anchorman Matthew Pattison a goal when he tipped Pattison's goal bound shot over his crossbar.

From that moment on the pressure from Sundowns on Wits became relentless, despite Wits' coach Roger de Sa attempting to reshape his team with tactical substitutions.

The pressure finally told six minutes from time when Mphela brought his goal tally in the league to 13. He headed home Pelembe's 84th minute corner to give Downs three valuable points and keep them in the title race.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:34 am
Whats point vuyani? Your statement dont make any sense.No offence boss but i dont get you.If wits was cheated then how about Santos? Dont ever comment before getting your facts together.

Tha sky..........
posted: 09:39 am
Im just gona take this opportunity to wish Platinum Stars the best of luck ahead of their clash with buy one get 2 free fc tonite.

tha sky ........
posted: 09:41 am
I told you Sundowns supporters are sufferign from emotional immaturity. The only see one side of football, the Sundowns side. Its so uninteresting to even read their comments because they are all the same...looking on the one side of the story.
We have football lovers and football babies, sundowns are bosainyova of football.
posted: 09:41 am
Whats point vuyani? Your statement dont make any sense.No offence boss but i dont get you.If wits was cheated then how about Santos? Dont ever comment before getting your facts together.

Tha sky..........
posted: 09:44 am
Well Downs fan can be happy as win is win,but me i'm not convinced they way they played yesterday?plus Wits was robbed 1st half goal.patetic linesman.well well keep up the good Mpela we need killer instict like that in the BB camp.
posted: 09:45 am
Dikotsi: 2009-12-09 09:41 [ Report ]
I am sure you are proud now and telling all your friends and even sms'ed your boyfriend telling 'em that you commented about Sundowns...The mother of all teams from the mother of all cities!!!
posted: 09:46 am
What on earth should a parent give a child name by DIKOTSI.Its a crime.
posted: 09:47 am
Why cant sundowns fans leanr to say Chiefs ,Pirates instead of giving childish names...are they morons, cant read or cant write? does it hurt to do so? I know it is hard to say Chiefs because that is the name of Kings, leaders and piooneers who u so jealous of. But just try. You immature embiciles Sundowns supporters...I hate sundowns but i will never call it by any other name that is not its own.
posted: 10:04 am
Yah ne. Since it's the Pretoria Soccer League team that has won people know how to protect the ref and not talk about the bribery. It's nice, We khosis do not have a problem with that for we know on the 19th, some people are going to cry foul and blame the bribery. Enjoy while it lasts guys. The truth be told Wits deserved something out of this dull fixture, they were simply hard done. Those who say that goal was offside need to study (for they cannot practise that) the offside rule and look closely to the Wits move. Anyway congrats until you blame the refs and bribery without evidence. The 19th December. I guess it is scary downs supporters eh?
posted: 10:07 am
Gauteng Traffic Police.: 2009-12-09 09:46 [ Report ]Stonza: 2009-12-09 09:45 [ Report ]

To respond to the 2 of u will be tantamount to comitting murder... Bring someone my size boys. I'm glad u r Sundowns supporters because we dont need lepper mouthed piece of gabbage like the two of you at Chiefs. You dont make sense when u comment..u should try mix-it.
posted: 10:12 am
Gauteng Traffic Police Pattison should shot to kill you to take man of the match and player of the month award. I guess i have answered your question my brother. Otherwise I thought you hate him. The last time I checked you guys were crying that he be benched and Papi be given the starting berth, now its a different tune. This is the problem with so many coaches for a single team.
posted: 10:19 am
That's the Circus for you. If they can't win straight they go for Plan B [Bribe]. If it was not for Plan B our refs would be fit in shape today. If you saw that lines man last night you could tell his overweight tummy has got something to do with bribery money from the circus. He was even laughing when raising that flag.nxx
posted: 10:21 am
MAMELODI Sundowns striker Katlego Mphela’s goal against Spain in the Confederations Cup in June has been nominated for the Fifa Puskás award.

The award is a new accolade that will be presented to the scorer of the best goal during the 2008-09 season.

Mphela’s unstoppable scorcher is among the 10 magnificent strikes that are in the running for the award and the choice of selecting the winner falls to the users of Fifa.com.

Other players whose goals stand a chance of winning the award include Fernando Torres, Emmanuel Adebayor , Cristiano Ronaldo, Andres Iniesta and Michael Essien.

Voting closes at noon on Monday and the winner will be announced at the Fifa World Player Gala 2009 at the Kongresshaus, Zurich, on December 21 . – Fifa.com

Jealous down, Katlego is at his best!
posted: 10:29 am
"Gauteng Traffic Police"! How did you get that name my brother? I guess it does not have to do with you being a police man. If you are then you'll not make sense out of what the diplomatic Dikotsi said. Otherwise it is simple english and clear to any literate man. Come on guys Santos was robbed we never denied that and we said since we are not refs they should be asked what they were doing. We had our three points. You too should admit that you were dealt a favour, either mistekenly or purposely by the ref. Not the end of the road as yet. The 19th, you'll reach the dead end of the road. Prepare the excuses guys. Trophies won controversially, they be sabtracted, the ref was bribed and the linesmen, this team was lucky jsut to give you a few.

Khosi 4 lyf.
Thabang [The KHOSI One]
posted: 10:35 am
skye: 2009-12-09 09:18 [ Report ]

SKYE, what's my girlfriend's got to do with my commenting on Kick Off forum moron.? I just said it and you confirmed it, you are so illogical and you have just proven it. I am not mentioning people's fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers or even boyfriends/girlfriends names when i comment here. I know where to draw the like. But illogical punks like you (who cannot argue without insulting) will always resort to insults when trying to put their weightless arguments across. You are stupid and I am not going to blame your parents.

PSL awards a joke
posted: 10:36 am
to the shoot to kill g's, there is no way you can kill a chiefs with a single bullet. Come the 19th the chiefs will be doing 3x what you will be doing. If you do't score the score board will be 0-0, but if mphela puta one in, Nale, Nhleko, Josta will both put 1-in and if Khanyeza decide to stop missing and adds to Mphela's then Tshaba, Yeye, and Motaung/Musona will also add to the first three goals to make a 6-2 win 4 the Chiefs
posted: 10:45 am
Khosis, what do you think of this Sundowns supporters/fans. I think it has to do with them being fans without cards. If they were supporters they would be fair and point out that they were lucky to collect the maximum points on offer last night. Otherwise they would have been on a draw. You have won its true but the Wits goal has some controversy. It is just like ours with Santos which was a goal. There was not even a hand ball there but a legitimate goal. The 19th, Kea utlwa kea tshaba.
posted: 10:53 am
Dikotsi said "...Bring someone my size boys..."

you are sooo gay you can't even help yourself!!!
posted: 10:55 am
Hlalele ,it is obvious what i personally think about of these Sundowns supporters...and they prove me right over and over again with any disappointment...

Khosi 4 life.
posted: 11:01 am
Hlalele ,it is obvious what i personally think about of these Sundowns supporters...and they prove me right over and over again without any disappointment...

Khosi 4 life.
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