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Brent Carelse of Ajax Cape Town battles with Siyanda Xulu of Mamelodi Sundowns

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Posted: 6 April 2011 Time: 21:32

Mamelodi Sundowns produced a stunning comeback to draw 4-4 with Ajax Cape Town in their top-of-the-table clash at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Brazilians were 4-1 down after 58 minutes, but roared back into contention in the title-race to level the scores and keep them within two point of the League leaders. Amazingly, the score was1-0 at halftime.

Ajax's goals came via Terror Fanteni, Brent Carelse (two) and Thulani Serero, while Sundowns scored through Siyanda Xulu, Elias Pelembe, Franklin Cale and Katlego Mphela. Mphela also missed a first-half penalty.

Mphela shot wide with his first real chance on 20 minutes, before Teko Modise blasted wildly over when well-placed on the edge of the box.

The opening goal came from some sloppy Sundowns defending as Carelse's corner was headed into the mix by Thulani Hlatswayo, and Fantani scrambled the ball home from a yard out.

Serero should have made it 2-0 five minutes later when some excellent Ajax build-up play found the Bafana Bafana youngster through on goal. He rounded goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands, but was pushed a little wide and the Sundowns defence were able to clear.

Ajax continued to look the most likely to score next as Carelse forced a save from Sandilands, and then the selfsame Carelse and Lizo Mjempu found acres of space on the left, but could not supply telling crosses.

But against the run of play, Sundowns were handed a chance to draw level when Ajax goalkeeper Hans Vonk gave away a needless penalty with a clear foul on Elias Pelembe, but the 41-year-old Dutch gloveman redeemed himself by saving Mphela's penalty.

Vonk then produced a magnificent save seconds later when he denied Nyasha Mushekwi as Sundowns began to create more chances, but could not capitalise.

Ajax had a penalty of their own two minutes into the second period when Xulu was adjudged to have fouled Fanteni in the box and Carelse stepped up to score against his former employers.

But Sundowns hit back almost immediately and again it was a mistake from Vonk. Mushekwi's header was only parried by the keeper and Xulu scored an easy tap-in on the rebound.

The see-saw battle continued though as a touch of class from Serero gave the Cape side a two-goal advantage. He picked up the ball 40-yards out, but ran at the Sundowns back-four and beat two defenders before side-footing past Sandilands.

And some quick thinking from Ajax gave them a fourth. Billiat won a free-kick and as the Sundowns players were debating the decision, Serero fed Carelse and the former Sundowns man had a clear run on goal, slipping the ball past Sandilands. The goal should not have stood though as Serero played the free-kick while the ball was still moving.

But just minutes later and Sundowns had scored again. A blocked shot found its way to Pelembe at the back post and he beat Vonk to bring The Brazilians back to within two.

And substitute Cale reduced that deficit further with a sublime finish as he cut inside onto his left foot on the edge of the area and blasted the ball home to leave Vonk with no chance.

And the home side were level with 15 minutes to go as Mushekwi brushed past Dereck Decamps on the left and he squared for Mphela to have the simplest of tap-ins.

Serero had an excellent chance to win it for Ajax with five minutes to go, but he side-footed wide when he simply had to hit the target.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 06:37 am
Da refry was poor safa and psl must take drastig step against da refry he was poor in da manner he conducted da game
tk.
posted: 07:08 am
nothing to celebrate here. we lost two valuable points. loook what we did when we adopted a more attack minded aproach. two defensive mid-fielders dont work when u play attack minded teams. as for tsilo, the less said about him da better. i wont celebrate a draw like some "one" so called "big" team has been doing latey.
Anonymous
posted: 07:32 am
What a game ? Our league is just 1 of the best
Anonymous
posted: 07:34 am
2nd time this season our players played like they want to win, and first time for Gorowa......
1st it was the comeback against SS and now this 1
Marop wa le Downs
posted: 07:37 am
hee hee, ba swabile, they thought we were gonna lose. we arent pirates, we dont lose that easily, especially not to Cape sides. The draw might as well mean Pirates will take the league, but never forget the crulty of the game of football. things can change, in a flash, just ask Ajax, from 4-1 to 4-4.

Masandawana, what do you think of Fereira? The guy sometimes loses his mind, like that back pass to our keeper, he didnt even look who was behid him............
well done Pelembe, you are the best, boy.
makonm
posted: 07:59 am
My decoder crushed just few hour before kickoff. I had to drive arround luking for sum1 who can help & only to b told its fuked up.

That was 1st disappointment & I realized the worst is still to come. I couldn't go 2 my neighbors who r OP & KC & decided 2 go to bed.

I waited 2 hear Vuvuzelas, nothing happened. I knew that things r bad, until SAFM cornfimed to me this morning.

I don't know whether 2 say the season is over or just wait & see with a room 4 disappointment.
Ganadlha
posted: 08:05 am
What a game,you know 2be fair enough i was scared that Sundowns was not going to come back from that 4-1.Shooo BUT the die hard spirit shows by Motsepe Boys was amazing. well done you save my day im back on top were i belong now.
ONCE AND ALWAYS.
Anonymous
posted: 08:12 am
There is no local coach who can coach Downs.Gorowa is so lost it seems he just pick his starting lineup randomly.I cant even mention how he position the players.Fact is Downs is a big team and needs one of the most experienced coaches in the world
Sweyts',)
posted: 08:15 am
@Ditabana, Eduardo has just returned from injury and bound to be rusty, why do'nt you ask about our perennial achilles u-Thapelo Tshilo who's cowdom/cowability is worse than Mokete Tsotetsi's?

For the record, Pelepele was not as hot as usual izolo, Teko was and should've been given that penalty Zar missed. mh, Killer Zar! lol.
21 Guns Salute
posted: 08:15 am
Well done for the spirited come back boys but as for the president he will curse the day he paid 6 million for the walking dead Mr Teko "The General" Modise. Our Sundowns has been ruined by this celebrity and he is given preferential treatment and more chances than the others. We have Zothwane, Hanyekane, Moriri, Cale who had played better than Teko but he is favoured hoping for a miracle, it will never happen.

As for Tshilo and Ferreira they are the most useless pairing at Sundowns. Bring back Booth.
Anonymous
posted: 08:16 am
wll dn 4 dat cumbk da brazilians..a draw ws da bst results u deservd..2 ajax,wsh u dt draw against chiefs..shapa bucks!!
21 Guns Salute
posted: 08:18 am
Well done for the spirited come back boys but as for the president he will curse the day he paid 6 million for the walking dead Mr Teko "The General" Modise. Heh Heh I am back to my best... heh heh I am back to my form, what sh!t was that last night??? Our Sundowns has been ruined by this celebrity and he is given preferential treatment and more chances than the others. We have Zothwane, Hanyekane, Moriri, Cale who had played better than Teko but he is favoured hoping for a miracle, it will never happen.

As for Tshilo and Ferreira they are the most useless pairing at Sundowns. Bring back Booth.
Wonder
posted: 08:19 am
Isizwe samaSandawawa Asoze Saphel'amandla.........The sky is the limit...........Aweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeng Bana!!!!!
Wonder
posted: 08:20 am
Gcubule must be suspended!
King99
posted: 08:24 am
Gqubule ruined what was supposed to be a beautiful game, I will never forgive this guy for giving Ajax that penalty, it was clear in the replay that Fanteni steped on top of Xulu (fouled Xulu) but the penalty was given, and Xulu got the yelloww card as well.

The less said about ajax's third goal the better.

Thanx Mr Gqubule for taking the league away from kaboYellow. At the end I know gore yo Godimo ga atsube patje.
Anonymous
posted: 08:28 am

what a fighting spirit by Bafana Ba style, wow Ian Gorowa once again showe that Sundowns is heavy for him.

wrong selection of the starting eleven and poor planning.

Anyway Sundowns is coming with Pirates in AFRICA and Pirates will redeem Mzansi's Pride.
Swona Champ!
posted: 08:30 am
sunflopsfc must start looking for a coach, that guy is scare of some players, that team is too big for him, he cant make proper substitutions, why did he bring Khanyeza for? was it not Pattison he was missing in that middle field, Nyandoro might be from Zim as he is, but come on the guy is old and tired, he is scared to bench the guy, Teko, your sins will follow you!
Swona Champ!
posted: 08:32 am
Phelembe, thanks bro for picking up the game, you are a true Pirate!
Sos
posted: 08:32 am
i'd like to take my hat-off for sundowns to come back and close that huge deficit!...though i feel that it should have been the other way round(sundowns leading and ajax fighting to close down the deficit)...
kwela-kwela madondo
posted: 08:33 am
marete a ga Mr Gqubule, this guy o tletse nnywana. o polo Mr Gqubule. u are a mother fucker and disgrace to our soccer.
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