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Mamelodi Sundowns beat Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 in MTN8

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...

posted: 07:55 pm
Neeskens really showed guts by fielding a total young defense & giving young stars a lifeline. Nyandoro was really starting to get on my nerves.

People forget that Tanyeb was last season's best keeper while Mulomowandawu Matoho was rock solid.
posted: 08:02 pm

Am sure u hv bin told dis a million tymz bt imma say it agen: U R PATHETIC! U always fabricate smthng negative to say!

Teko was always on da offense 2dy, even da goal came as a result of one of his foray passes!

Grow a pair bro, ur stupid comments r nt gud 4 dis blog!
posted: 08:03 pm
I wish both Pirates and Chiefs can qualify respectively so we can have mouth-watering semis. However, I fear there might be another soweto derby in the semis.

Teko Modise is back & I guess that's good for south african football. WE ALL KNOW PIRATES WONT BEAT SANTOS IN FULL 90 MINUTES. THIS GAME WILL GO TO EXTRA TIME.
posted: 08:13 pm
man city signs wesley sneijder
posted: 08:20 pm
congrats 2 dawana dy deserve it,the sky is da limit
posted: 09:26 pm
Gyz wy u talk lyk OP iz alrad wn d gm ply dnt undermn Santoz lt c after 9Omnts
posted: 09:27 pm
s Jali plyng editor?
posted: 09:36 pm
Good 4 us sky'7 the limit
posted: 09:42 pm
guyz plz help mi here! s Midendorp tryng 2b a lst fan standng? coz i've heard dat de lst fan will win a trip 2 wtch 6 derbs across de world. m askng bcz i saw hm n Cape Town, Tshwane now he s n JHB.
posted: 09:53 pm
Wena Black & Yellow, stop K@king here I don't follow the wind I analyse first, stop being an idiot if u nid a donation for sunglasses (if u r blind)I can donate so that next time when people are talking u can see and understand what they are talking about.
posted: 10:10 pm
Wena Black & Yellow, stop K@king here I don't follow the wind I ****yse first, stop being an idiot if u nid a donation for sunglasses (if u r blind)I can donate so that next time when people are talking u can see and understand what they are talking about.
@Nipson... When ppl say "u c what I mean" dey dnt mean it literally, so I dnt understand dis "if u nid a donation for sunglasses (if u r blind)I can donate so that next time when people are talking u can see and understand" 4rm u...

Dnt expose ubu-dom bakho on dis blog!

Imma say it agen: U R PATHETIC & dom...
posted: 10:15 pm
posted: 10:22 pm
coach leal mst convect imbuyani&mayambla 2b deffndrs & take luck&jele 2 de strkrz once nd 4 ol
posted: 10:30 pm
intesting indeed buck scored i want dem 2 semis. Its pay bck time. UNFINISH BUSSNEES
posted: 10:31 pm
Black & Yellow, I am not going to waste tym with lonely and horn(y) gays lyk you.
posted: 10:35 pm

Dt ws a free english lesson & instead of thanking me u go & do wt u do best, exposing ur stupid behind!
posted: 11:00 pm
boebie is lying abt wana's tactical discipline,h is racist ,h uses a lot of coloureds,theres 3 to 4 blacks in santos ,wana is th best striker at santos , eugene was very slow n careless
posted: 11:02 pm
I am glad that this coach believes younpg players.there is a room for improvement.the is the limit
posted: 11:05 pm
wana is th only player that kept jele not moving forward...n has played for bafana bafana,stop being jealous boebie solomons
posted: 11:17 pm
Wel dne dawana,lets nt listen to da critics frm our rivals nd focus on our own game
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