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Mamelodi Sundowns beat University of Pretoria 1-0

Posted: 23 October 2012 Time: 21:24

Mamelodi Sundowns relieved some of the pressure on coach Johan Neeskens with a 1-0 Telkom Knockout Cup win against University of Pretoria on Tuesday evening.

Sundowns dominated possession in the first half, but were unable to really stretch the visitors’ defence and create scoring chances from open play. However, Teko Modise twice threatened from free-kicks.

His first was well palmed away by Tuks goalkeeper Washington Arubi on 22 minutes, while the second rattled the crossbar in the 39th. Those were the only notable attacking moments of the first half from either team.

The Brazilians’ attack clicked into a higher gear in the third minute of the second half. Punch Masenamela picked out Elias Pelembe on the right wing, who beat his marker before providing a perfect low pass which was swept emphatically into the back of the net by Laffor.

Sundowns goalkeeper Dennis Onyango was a spectator in the first half, but he saw more action in the second, keeping out an angled drive from Mame Niang before twice having to punch away an awkward aerial ball in the 74th minute as Tuks began to put more pressure on the hosts’ defence.

Substitute Nyasha Mushekwi had a golden chance to wrap up the game ten minutes before time when he pinched the ball off Tebogo Monyai and headed toward goal, but the defender got back to make a risky challenge and did just enough to deny the striker.

Goalkeeper Arubi produced two excellent saves to keep the score down to 1-0 in the dying minutes, keeping out goal-bound efforts from Mushekwi and Hlompho Kekana as Sundowns searched for a killer second goal.

Previous comments on this story...

Gucci Man
posted: 09:57 pm
Anthony Laffor scored the only goal of the game just after the break to help the Brazilians into the quarterfinals - and secure the first victory in seven games.
More to follow ...
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Hayi kodwa iKICKOFF
I mean there's not even one editor to complete this article .
We know Sundowns is struggling but you cannot just do this to them, I know we all feel pity for them please provide sufficient information about the game, e.g was it a gift from the refferee like Pirates recent victories, corner kick, offside trap,from 18th area or deflection .
Gucci Man
posted: 10:01 pm
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 09:50 pm | Report
@ Gucci Man
Sure Khosi.........True Pelembe is very talented but since playing for Sundowns he has not been the Pelembe we know at SS United.....eish football......this guy used to play football.....
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Khosi lami...its not only Pelembe, lot of player once they go to Chloorkop , their football standard drop drastically. Anthony Laffour is no longer the same, just tell me 2 players that went to Sundowns and blossomed .......none
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 10:01 pm
It's interesting to see that all seeded(big) teams are playing away to minnows..!!

Shapa pirates shapaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa...!
Celtic will fall this time around in Free State stadium..!!
Ke tla be ke le daar..!!!
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 10:06 pm
Pirates vs Celtics in Free State.......its going to be a good game.....the stadium will be full of Siwelele fans.....kuzonyiwa.....they will be signing the entire game........Good luck to Pirates
Chincha Guluva
posted: 10:07 pm
@Phefeni Boy: & they also paid R8m for Manqele yah! Neh!
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 10:09 pm
Semi-finalists:
Orlando Pirates
Amazulu
Free State Stars
Maritzburg United.
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 10:13 pm
@Azania.......tltltltlt....lol..sure Bhakaniya
Maskito
posted: 10:18 pm
at last
Bhaka4life (2 x Treble Champ)
posted: 10:20 pm
They may have managed in their previous game to squeeze a goal against a dominating DTC side that squandered countless opportunities on the day, that was then, here we talking CUP game, the rest is history...

Shaaaaaapa boMampudi ba Afrika Borwa Shaaapa
Sir RraMozara
posted: 10:33 pm
Weakteam mxm....cum 7th,u btr pack ur bag miss napkins,ur whiskys and al booze and dagga..cz Mafia's totoes. Wl be cumg 2 wthdraw 3points....so frm stadium u gna camp at O.R TAMBO 4 early flight.....if u do nt dn dunuflop hobos aka fenes wl eat u alive....KHOZI I REMAIN,TIL HEL FREEZE
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 10:36 pm
Barcelona Fc vs Celtics #UEFA.......what a game it was....Thanks to Jordi Alba....good nite my fellow bloggers
CJB Ramses III
posted: 10:37 pm
Hahahaha.... Bucselona ka nnete....

Barca has just done a Bhaka....

Nice come back last minute goal...

The Dream Team is truly inspirational far reaching as the city of Catalunya...
EDDIE 4 KHOSI
posted: 10:45 pm
Ha ha ha..@Anonymous...the SUNDOWNS players mut be so DESPARATE for the 3--POINTS...they need the points even from the CUP games...ha ha,they will be playing AMAZULU in the 1/4 finals and tey will surely get another 3-points...and will be out of the relegation zone by the time they play in the CUP FINAL..lol
Anti-Zebra
posted: 10:50 pm
The greatest come bac of the night comes from the kings of the come themselves... Man United. Came from 2 goals down to win 3-2. This has happened twice in 4 days. Hehehe.

Barcelona vs Celtic. What a coincidence. Buccelona was drawn against Celtic. Meet you in the semi's ladies and fags

Up the University of Football 101. Educating the feet, educating the mind.
EDDIE 4 KHOSI
posted: 11:00 pm
Ha ha ha..@Anonymous...the SUNDOWNS players mut be so DESPARATE for the 3--POINTS...they need the points even from the CUP games...ha ha,they will be playing AMAZULU in the 1/4 finals and tey will surely get another 3-points...and will be out of the relegation zone by the time they play in the CUP FINAL..lol.....anyway,SUNDAWANA played very well and TEKO is the MAN
Anonymous
posted: 11:13 pm
Arg u know what i was happyb with some players showing their commitment to the game and the coach which proves the problem is nt where it seems to be. we going to the next round that what matters now. bafana be style!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 11:16 pm
Dutch defender is the first player to make sure Niang doesnt get 99% of the arial balls wow am loving his technical abilities the whole team played well though Mushekwi shudhv scored more goals
mthistar123
posted: 11:35 pm
Sundowns Need MPHELA. Our strikers are failing to convert chances.
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 07:02 am

i quote Neskeens " at least we avoided the current PSL champions and Telkom champions"

kanti Pirates ke di Champions of everything na.

Pirates vs SSU in the finals and Mbesuma bemlandela, beyishiya imizi yabo
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 07:06 am

Wonder and Sweyts must be truning in their graves after this win, may their soul rest in pieces.
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