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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...

Anonymous
posted: 09:37 am
Sundowns were invited to play, and could have socred atleast five goals according to me. Chiefs defended too deep and were not at attacking Sundowns. I do not know what was the game plan on the day however it clear that Punch was suppose to have played from the word go, I do not understand the persistent on Torealba ahead of Junior as he is not doing it for us. We should have seen both Junior partnering Chippa upfront and YEYE played from the bench. We should pushed the Dladla to play behind the strikers or become second striker attacking from midfield as opposed to defending. There were coountless mistakes by CHiefs that were not corrected in the second half hence Sundowns won, and they deserved it. Yet another disappointing coaching abilities.
Anonymous
posted: 10:28 am
I cant believe the bastard rooi recoverd 4 that game, I so hate hime with all my soul. I fail to unerstand y VV loves him so much. Congrats to borotho-batho for the 3points not for the game play coz they just pathetic but hands-up to pelembe, he went crazy after Dladla hit him with 360 degrees skill & he dished out a series of skills too, eish hes damn good!!!

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