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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: 12:09 am
Wena Yellow @ss U have nothing to do U think that correcting typing errors will give u degree oska hlanya mo, I didn't get my BCOM and MBA by not making typing errors. Genius like me have nothing to do with typing errors check typing errors when making business written communication. I don't want to waste my time with a Horny jackal like u.
posted: 10:30 am

From wht I've seen on all ur comments on dis blog there z no way dt u hv an MBA, bt rather an MDA (MASTER DUMB AS.S) & since when is poor grammar typos?? Ungu DOM KOP!

It wud even b worse if bewunayo ngempela leyo MBA coz dt'll min it didn't help u grow up 1 bit or develop some analytical skills coz u r still an AIRHEAD nje, period!
posted: 10:34 am
well done boys keep it up.
posted: 12:36 pm

eish eish eish: Doctor Mampuru is the real

Nyatama is something special.

Teko "Google" is very instrumental, wow the navigator is back to his best. I miss him at Pirates, Kroll cost us this ACE and it will take us time before we find another one.

Wonder, Sweyts: when is Sundowns unleashing Shongwe. Congatulation onece again Masandawana but if you draw Pirates then its the END of the road.
posted: 01:13 pm
I'm vry hmpy to our coach for u faith with my yng plyrz likes of Wandisile,Shongwe,Mampuru and Xulu. i dont want to about Kakazya tchisa Chimpanzer fans cz thy dozn knw evn thier plyerz excl cz mst of thm iz a drankz yesec mxm demed
posted: 08:00 am
Musa Nyatama is an intelligent player. Teko is definitely showing signs of his old self. The game was not exciting because Celtics was not allowing an open game. But i'm happy to see my team back on the field. And for a change the media spotlight is on Pirates so we are a closed book this year and this will be our year.
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