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Mamelodi Sundowns go top of table with win over Santos

Posted: 29 April 2012 Time: 16:48

Mamelodi Sundowns have toppled Orlando Pirates from the top of the log after a 3-1 win over Santos on Sunday.

An own-goal from Pere Ariweriyai and one each from Nyasha Mushekwi and Lebohang Mokoena handed Sundowns the points, while Eleazar Rodgers kept his name in the top-scorer's race with a consolation goal for Santos.

Sundowns controlled the match from the first whistle, but battle to create any scoring opportunities, losing possession in the final third with some careless passing.

In fact, their first goal came from a Santos player, when a hapless Ariweriyai headed powerfully into his own net after a speedy cross by Elias Pelembe.

Sundowns continued to struggle to make their dominance count as the game dulled down. Finally, seven minutes from half-time, Lebohang Mokoena sent a pinpoint cross through, picking out an unmarked Nyasha Mushekwi, who made no mistake with a clinical header from six yards – his ninth League goal of the season.

Santos tried to fight their way back into the match in the second half, but Sundowns kept hold of the ball. Some sloppy defending in the 63rd minute gifted Hlompho Kekana a shot, and he fired a low drive into the bottom right-hand corner to make it 3-0.

The Brazilians sat back after going three up, and Rodgers got one back, with a fine finish from 10 metres out – his 11th of the season.

But it was far too little too late, and Santos remain second from bottom, while Sundowns go top on goal-difference.

Previous comments on this story...

Bakaniya For Life
posted: 09:55 am
It will be very interesting to read comments Wednesday night after all Midweek games.... I sence a Smile, A Cry and A Dance....

I'll explain these after the games....

Bhakaniya 4 Life!!!
Bakaniya For Life
posted: 10:13 am
It will be very interesting to read comments Wednesday night after all Midweek games.... I sence a Smile, A Cry and A Dance....

I'll explain these after the games....

Bhakaniya 4 Life!!!
posted: 11:03 am
@Bhakhaniya for life it wil be interesting my foot what do u know about interst wena nxa vele it will be interesting after sundownds whiping chiefs and supesport geting a draw from you as u adapred drawing demon nxa
Back - To - Back Trebble Champ Mopheme
posted: 11:27 am
It's interesting to note how some fans here believe Pirates will lose the league just due to merely goal difference..! A word of warning to those who think Pirates will not win the league, Pirates ke poho ya dipoho..!
Back - To - Back Trebble Champ Mopheme
posted: 11:32 am
Where is the yellow gap..?? It is been diluted by a black one..! Black is stronger than yellow at any point and any given time..! My plea to Bucs supporters is to buy champagnes for Moses Mabhida, 19 May 2012 nice and early to avoid any dissapointments.
posted: 11:43 am
Don't follow me follow da birds kip it boys and Nomvethe still has a place in that inconsistent BAFANA.
Sea Robbers
posted: 11:54 am
Sunclowns would not win anything this season just like Zebras.The league belongs to Sea Robbers.
Sunclowns will donate 3 points to Free state stars & hand over the Nedbank cup to Free state team.
posted: 01:19 pm
The rats are not going to win any of the remaining league games. The best they can do is to play draws. A coachless team cannot win the legue.
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