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Xulu wins it for Sundowns

Posted: 19 December 2009 Time: 17:24

Siyanda Xulu’s goal with 10 minutes to go handed Mamelodi Sundowns a 2-1 Absa Premiership win over Kaizer Chiefs at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Katlego Mphela continued his fine form with a 35th-minute opener, but Amakhosi hit back through Josta Dladla’s penalty just before the break.

Inside the opening two minutes Chiefs were on the back foot, with Itumeleng Khune coming to the rescue twice early on. First he made an acrobatic save to deny Luvengo Mungomeni, before keeping out Mabhuti Khenyeza’s header from debutant Franklin Cale’s corner-kick.

Khune then denied Mphela, saving with his legs in a one-on-one situation, before the Sundowns striker headed just wide of goal on 20 minutes.

Chiefs were having difficulty dealing with the continuous attacks, with Mungomeni’s shot shaving the outside of the upright, before the opener eventually arrived.

Tlou Molekwane’s backpass to Khune was woefully short, allowing the striker to get past the keeper and slot into an empty net.

However, despite the one-sided nature of the game, Chiefs went into the break on level terms after Mungomeni was adjudged to have handled Reneilwe Letsholonyane’s shot. Dladla converted from the spot.

Sundowns continued their dominance after the break, with Khenyeza missing another great chance just before the hour-mark, before they got the winner their play deserved on 78 minutes.

Pelembe’s free-kick from the left was flicked on by Khenyeza, but Khune managed to blocked the ball. However, Xulu was on hand to bundle the ball over the line for three crucial points.

The last piece of action came in second half stoppage-time as Khune got down well to save Surprise Moriri’s free-kick.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 07:40 am
Where are these chimpanzees(pearl,sbubiso,thabang,etc)? Come out and talk about your team, loosers.
posted: 08:34 am
I've heard through the grapevine that Thabang,Dikotsi,Pearl,Brokefan,Sbuda,Micheal and all the other Cheaps supporters are out with Bobby looking for Jerome Damon. I'm told they want a refund for not disallowing both goals and for not awarding another penalty, strangely, they wanted Damon to give them the second penalty after Cale was brought down in their half. This is because they agreed with Damon that they want to win the match by hook or crook.
posted: 08:36 am
Eish!! 3 x 3 "se gat"
posted: 08:58 am
Masandawana, i said last that unlike the other challangers to, it was only us who had our destiny firmly on our hands as we still had the short to all the challengers, its 1 down and 2 to go!
posted: 09:01 am
Ok Mr/Mrs/Miss Editor where are my comments that I made a million hours ago about Kaizer Cheaters and their ref Mr Damon, Im starting to doubt that you might be one of THEM, HEY?!?!!
posted: 09:13 am
Where are all these people who insulted when i said Jimmy Jambo delibarately earned himself a yellow card to avoid a career threating confrontation with Pelembe? What happened with Molekwane? This Jambo is clever.
posted: 09:41 am
Wonder my man destiny is in our hands indeed.We just need to beat supersport and santos.
posted: 10:35 am
Nxaaa! bad perfomanc 4rm both sides.lucky win nd circus fans r celebratin? Stupid fans.we hv opend da gap.com tuesday we runing away wth it da title is ours.chiefs is da weakest link am surprsd dey r evn in top8 nogal pathetic..we r nt zim.we r da champz..shaaaapa gavin hunt shaaaapaaa!!
posted: 10:54 am
To the idiot that hates Sundowns fans u sound pathetic,I can tell u want enjy ur festive season in fact im sure ul hate the festive season 4eva bcoz sundowns beat ur cheap team
posted: 11:20 am
@thembile am nt a cheap fan.i hate both suncircus.zim mugabe.read da statement..as i said stupid flop fans uv proovd mi point...read mi coment...sdenge..mi team is @ da top lol...who r u playin on tuesday? Moron...read wth undrstanding...silima
posted: 11:41 am
Why Chiefs used a rightfooted player in position three while we have a born leftfooted player? You can not use Nhleko on a flaxible game like that one. the game was flexable that why sundowns didn,t use Booth. Congratulations to Sadawana. It was a good game to watch.
posted: 12:14 pm
anyone , even if he/she takes drugs would have known Cheaps were/are no match for Downs.How do you expect Black Leopards to beat Arsenal...it wont happen.U can as well start fighting for the 4/5th position!
posted: 01:16 pm
You know this is sad story the only time i wished Sunfloer can beat the Khosi, they were playing K**K since Wednesday, likely the effect of Tshabalala its not that much cause we can do without him unlike that other team. Well played boys 4rm Mamelodi though you only play like that when playing Chiefs we understand, you have to win otherwise you'll be loaned to another team on conditions.
posted: 01:32 pm
@dayza wel said.chiefs played kak.sunflowerz rely on,pelembe kiler.without dem flop is nothin..datz y pelembe was rushed.2 recover..dis team is pathetic dey hav no.depth if doze playaz wer 2 get injrd or gt a suspension.ditleala wl b introuble nd get exposd as a mediocre team.what a joke
posted: 02:44 pm
On tuesday the attention turns to the Tswane wanna be giants, sion sport. Madigage will loose his ZCC hat...!!!
posted: 03:02 pm
Shapa sandawana aba big mouth be kaizer chimps hehehe
Anonymou s
posted: 03:19 pm
i'm all for giving the devil its due so congrats to bafana bastlaela- you played well on the day and got the three points. To the KHOSI family- this one is over, lets look forward to doing the best in the remaining seven matches. Merry Christmas to all, be safe. became Khosi by birth, remain KHOSI by smart ckoice
Big Dude
posted: 07:43 am
This is why I never want to comment about the game before it plays. Now look how quiet the Chiefs fans are.
Gucci Man
posted: 08:57 am
Hi KHOSI FAMILY , Lets keep our chins up !!

Sundowns played very well and i think my boys were not settled , The coach should have played Punch Masenamela from the begining.

Well done Sunflops, you played well and I believe you're in good possition to chase the Championship take it from SSU.

Wonder: I'm still nursing/licking my wounds bru but i'm recovering now.

Well done guys ,
posted: 09:16 am
Thanx Michael for owning up.We're still waiting for ur crew to do the same or do we have 2 wait 4 January 4 them 2 comment abwt this game?May be their big mouths are shutted 4eva,thanx to Mphela&Xulu 4 that we had a peacefull weekend.Now to all da organisers let's focus on SSU game now.Case Of Chips team is old news to us now.
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