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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...

posted: 08:35 am
@Mrakathi, I fully concur with your sentiments broe wam, there's no local coach for Downs.....but guess what? Jose Manuel will be our saviour, he must earn a million a month to make sure that no player drives a fancier car than him, unlike u-Gorowa who cruises to training nge-Dodge ye club but yet expect Modise, with a DB7 to take him seriously..mh..Krol knows better, I mean Pirates players still tease him about his Hilux bakkie with '87 rims. hl, hl!
posted: 08:36 am
mr referee let me educate you just kanxane
there is a new rule called the consumer law, is for protection of the consumers
Safa or Psl hired your service to be rendered and so far you are not doing well. what suffer can do is that under the six month spell consumer law protection they can terminate your services and look for another referee

Damn you ruined a good game

soft penalty awarder and how you dare let Serero play a free kick like that , we dont mind free kick taken quickly but the ball must not be rolling

i gues you did not knw.i hate what you did to my lovely Sundowns . i hope you wife cheats on you with Ajax player

posted: 08:44 am
i am a good loser at heart but what the referee did to this match was unjustice
way back i said that Sundowns is a victim of unsportable actions especially when we approach dying stages of the league

a hearing mut be conducted on this dude , i am torn apart = the 8 thriller game was not necessary

Zane Moosa post match = he said that Maybe Mr Ref was on Nyaope = i concur with him

please game of this nature give them To Daniels or J Damon
posted: 09:07 am
As much as Downs fans are justified in their attacks on Gqubule, the main culprit is Mphela. Had he scored that penalty, it would have been a different match
posted: 09:35 am
Both Sundowns and Ajax played very well but i still believe that Downs could have won the game. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the PSL for allocating Downs this referee once more. When we played Swallows during the game that was stopped due to natural events and Swallows was winning by two goals to nil, he was the one in the middle. In short his refereing lives people like myself with questions - he is just one of those referees(sub standard/average). He reminded me of Mr Herman Nkuna(Greedy) who never wanted to see Downs win a match.

Mphela continue doing the good work you doing-you are a marvel to watch, Pelembe continue to shine.

Well played game.


posted: 09:36 am
Mugomeni, Xulu, Mjawali and Khumalo/Mdledle should be our starting back four. Teko is a little bit rusty and he should atleast be given the last 15 minutes, lastly I just hope Gorowa applies the 4-3-3 formation for the remaining games. Anyway a good comeback from the boys and I just pray that we pocket all 12 points. Pretoria Soccer League....AMEN.
posted: 09:44 am
Great come back but why conceade 4 goals in the 1st place. Xulu will never make it anywhere beyond our borders.The boy is pathetic and highly over-rated

Killer is too wasteful....the the kind of supply he gets at Downs, if he was/is deadly would have scored 25 goals.

Nyasha di all the spade work and Cale and Mabhudi tored that stubborn Ajax Defence into pieces.Pelembe is also a marvel to watch.

With the defence we have, it will always be...eish we came so close.
posted: 09:52 am
Back - To - Back Trebble Champ Mopheme
posted: 10:12 am
Of late Sundowns have just turned into a team that promise a lot before the crucial games but produce a little in the field of play in terms of results. Sign of a sinking ship..???
Back - To - Back Trebble Champ Mopheme
posted: 11:57 am
BoMelomo meholo..!
Prophet Guru
posted: 11:59 am
Yerr the boys cooled my temper when they finally equilized.as for Mphela he must do what he said will do, putting the team's interest ahead of personal glory. Teko or Nyandoro should have taken the penalty, but becos sum1 wanted so badly to top the scorers.
posted: 02:00 pm
you have done a gud job by equalizing as us bucs wanted..nw we're on top again n kaizer shit is stil cuming to u...............
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