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Posted: 6 August 2011 Time: 16:52

Mamelodi Sundowns beat Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 in their MTN8 quarter-final on Saturday afternoon.

A header from Mabhuti Khenyeza in the 79th minute sends the Brazilians through.

The home side worked their way into the game after a slow start, but after some tactical substitutions in the second half they played with more urgency and were rewarded late in the game.

The winner from Khenyeza came from a corner as his well-angled header left Celtic keeper Patrick Tignyemb keeper with no chance.

In the early exchanges Punch Masenamela pulled up gingerly running onto a ball, indicating a injury, but he made a quick recovery.

Both teams looked rusty in the first half hour with no real creativity in attack.

The pitch was in bad condition, with the occasional green patch breaking up the predominant brown.

New Sundowns coach Johan Neeskens seemed to have little effect on his team's attacking prowess in the first half with the home side not doing much with most of the possession.

Bafana Bafana striker Katlego Mphela was introduced in the second half for Down and had an immediate impact.

He reeled off a powerful shot from the edge of the area in the 62nd minute that had Tignyemb diving full stretch to keep his side level.

As the game headed into the last quarter, Sundowns started to land more passes and looked threatening on attack.

Teko Modise controlled the ball well, while having the odd go at goal himself.

The momentum swayed in favour of Sundowns with little time left, and Khenyeza had the final say in a match where goal opportunities were few.

Speaking after the match Neeskens praised the visitors' defence.

"The pace was lacking [in the first half] because we were playing against a well-organised defence and they didn't give us very much space," said Neeskens.

"It was not easy to play the one-two touch game because of their tight defence.

"I said to them [at half-time], have patience. On the sides with [Franklin] Cale and [Elias] Pelembe in one-on-one situations, they have to do more and sometimes they crossed each other when they should not have.

"In the end I think we deserved the win because we had more possession and we tried to win this game more than they did."

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Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 06:26 pm
wat a boring game! I knw rats n santos wil bore us 2 death 2nite. Chiefs wil beat d hell out of these micky mouse teamz... Watch az amakhosi RISE!
Sweyts',)
posted: 06:29 pm
Well, well, well Neeskins has arrived and I can tell you now that my boys are gonna kill clubs, I suggest people should ensure that their premiums are up to date or else. mh.

Sky's the limit, where shibobo's, tsamaya's and vala vula's are the order of the day, yoh. Kuzonyiwa! Yellow!
Anonymous
posted: 06:36 pm
ohooo, people are so bitter now that we won makhosi, your turn will come, just chill. I dont even know why you are commenting, wait for tomorrow late, after you lose to de sa!
Anonymous
posted: 06:44 pm
this looks like will be another walk in the park for the galaxy of stars,the history makers from junior level to the top cause the teams that have qualified so far are mickey mouses when it comes to winning trophies please my good people by 8 oclock u must sit down and watch the champs on their first easy step of defending the treble, thank you.
Anonymous
posted: 06:49 pm
Mr larson game are won on the field nt on media eish dis shows dat u stil hv a long way to go. Shapa sundawana shapa ka bo yellow.
Anonymous
posted: 06:54 pm
people r so envy here. we won n Swazlnd dey said we won agnst a weaker sides, evn dogh we beat deir natinal team. & dey claim dat Cosmos will thrack us down, bt gas wht we demolished dem 4-2. dey go on sayng Celtic Will hammer us bg tm, shame poor people now r singng diffrent song. dey wnt us lft,rght&cntr. Stp jls khosi & buck concntrt 2 ur gms
Anonymous
posted: 07:02 pm
@MTH no other oponent can wish u win brother,although if u win we hav to congradulate u and aswl as critising u
Mzansi
posted: 07:14 pm
We can build to what i saw 2day, its still early
Dayz but, Sundowns will b too gud psl teamz.
The deffenc cought my eye 2day, that boy Mampuru
He reminds me the likes of the Sizwe Motoung, in his
Early dayz @ Sundowns, punch was also gud,as we'll as
Mwanjale, Nyatama is the player wil make us tik this
Season.
Haters has started they long jelousy abt Sundowns
No matter u can say the picth was bad or what ever
Let's c if can make it 2 semis that's wher wll talk as
For now Downs ar thruogh
The Sky
Anonymous
posted: 07:18 pm
i ddnt knw dat sum of da blogger's are sundawana until 2day looooooorl ...... Eish i would be ashamed 2 uyazi....

But its gud 2 see sunclawana supporter's unveiling in the forum loooorl...!!!

Rise bucca bucca ,rise....!!! Heeeeeheheheeheee
once n always!!!
Anonymous
posted: 07:36 pm
the guys played well alongside new captain method mwanjali and also nyatama.well played guys
Anonymous
posted: 07:40 pm
Congratulation 2 the yellow & green team, i hope 2nite yellow & red team will again against uniform school wear coloure ( pirates) team and congolose coloure black & yellow team will teach wits club some lesson 2moro
Bin Laden
posted: 07:42 pm
Jelas down,Sundowns did more of the attacking throughout, with Elias Pelembe and a rejuvenated Teko'google earth' Modise taking charge.
Pelembe bobbed and weaved like a boxer as he did his best to evade some heavy tackling from Celtic. Some of the Mozambican’s crosses were excellent, which highlighted his class.people are in for a hiding this season.

King Bin the laden is alive
Bin Laden
posted: 07:42 pm
Jelas down,Sundowns did more of the attacking throughout, with Elias Pelembe and a rejuvenated Teko'google earth' Modise taking charge.
Pelembe bobbed and weaved like a boxer as he did his best to evade some heavy tackling from Celtic. Some of the Mozambican’s crosses were excellent, which highlighted his class.people are in for a hiding this season.

King Bin the laden is alive
tshepol
posted: 07:46 pm
As supersport report says, good enteprising football by Sundowns with 6 under 23 players in starting line up: Xulu, Punch, Dr Mampuru, Letlabika, Nyatama & Mshekwi. Modise, you are a star mfana. Nyatama, keep those shibobos coming. Pelembe, man of the match reward was not a fluke. Dr Mampuru, I'm keeping my eyes on you ntwana. Mwanjali, keep it up baba.

However, Neeskens need a defensive midfielder like Pattisons in the next game. Good display and good tactics by new coach.
Bin Laden
posted: 07:46 pm
some are in for a hiding....
Sporo
posted: 07:48 pm
shiboboz wer impresive,semis will b interesting
Bin Laden
posted: 07:48 pm
Good luck to pie rats andf cHIV's on the upcoming games..hope you win your games so that we can meet..

King Bin the Laden is alive
Anonymous
posted: 07:50 pm
Nyatama is da bees knees...

Teko z getting bck to his best...

Nipsy
posted: 07:52 pm
I hope would to see a gud Semi final: Chiefs, Ajax, Oprhans and Tuckshop so that we can see the real Champs. The game was boring, Teko is playing like the Oprhans Mongolo(Manyisa) he is always passing backwards.
Anonymous
posted: 07:54 pm
@Tsepo...

Punch was born in 1986 which makes him 25 yrs old dis year... He is a brilliant player though, a future bafana star...
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