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Sundowns miss 3 points

Posted: 14 February 2010 Time: 17:51

Mamelodi Sundowns and Santos played to a goalless draw at the Super Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Despite Santos playing more than 25 minutes with only ten men, Downs were still unable to find the goal that would see them catch SuperSport United at the top of the Absa Premiership.

With the chance to go top of the log, tied on points with SuperSport, the Brazilians certainly didn’t play like title contenders in the first half. In fact, the first 45 minutes saw Santos as the better of the two sides.

The People’s Team were much more creative in attack, often using the width of the pitch when going forward. In defence Santos were also very impressive as the Sundowns one-man-attack, in the form of Katlego Mphela, struggled to penetrate a very stubborn back four.

The Brazilians did look good early on, especially Elias Pelembe, when he let loose with a powerful shot from the edge of the 18-yard box. Unfortunately for his side his shot sailed inches wide of the upright. But that was about as good as it got for Downs in the first half.

From there on out the Brazilians defence struggled to deal with the pace of the Santos attack. Romano Scott in particular was good down the right flank often supplying dangerous crosses into the box.

In the 13th minute Erwin Isaacs found some space on the edge of the Downs area and with a quick turn he managed to get a shot in on target, but his effort was superbly saved by Brian Baloyi.

Sadly, at the other end of the pitch the Santos’ keeper, Tshepo Motsoeneng, suffered a terrible injury and had to be substituted in the 16th minute, which saw Lee Langevelt replace him.

Santos almost found the opening goal in the 22nd minute. Isaacs got in behind the Brazilians' defence following a ball over the top and as he made his way toward goal Baloyi came off his line. Isaacs proceeded tried to chip the keeper, but Baloyi managed to parry his effort away for a corner.

Santos then looked to have gone in front a couple of minutes later when Eleazar Rodgers met a cross from Scott and fired it into the back of the net, but the goal was ruled off-side.

The second half saw the Brazilians try to change things up immediately as they opted for a more attacking approach, which saw Surprise Moriri replace Franklin Cale.

The game took a bit of a sour turn in the 64th minute when Santos were reduced to ten men after a dangerous looking tackle by Bonginkosi Macala. Just after coming on, Macala was sent off after stamping on Mphela’s foot when contesting for the ball.

From there on out Sundowns mounted attack after attack on the Santos goal, but time and again they failed to break down their defence.

In fact, the People’s Team had the best chance of the half when Mogogi Gabonamangi struck the woodwork in the 81st minute with a powerful 25-yard shot.

In the end neither team could find the winning goal and the sides shared the points.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 06:35 pm
Yes we can! Pretorian fight is still on.
posted: 06:58 pm

Who the author of this story??ha ha Kickoff is so ameteurish and spelling eras???

*Ricardo Skippers isn't it Skeepers wow my Afrikaans.
posted: 07:00 pm
Mr Editor spot on...flopz r nt championship material infact they r wher they r bcoz of da ref..am glad safa is investigatin coruption...ssu i declare ourslvs psl champions 4 da 3rd time shaapa HUNT Shaaapaaa!
sonny ****
posted: 07:13 pm
I am really gutted
posted: 07:22 pm
44whatever stop fuling yoself dude,even paying refs is nt helping...
posted: 07:39 pm

Khosi B4 Birth
Khosi By Nature
Khosi For Life
Khosi Even After Death

posted: 07:51 pm
ha ha ha !!! Even though the ref tried hard to help Motsepe FC, having been bribed by the man himself for sure, Flops could not pull it off. Thanx to the soccer gods, who opened the showers when Mphela had given them a lead last time out, this time the Flour failed to score. Mabhudi has been a waste of money. Matsatsatsa A Pitori r the Champs, suck on that Sunchokers.
posted: 07:58 pm
SSU has all the advantage now, its entirely up to them to loose it now. Masandawana, i think we left it until too late, we picked up form 3 or so games too late. Bt now thy're really underpressure SSU!
posted: 08:57 pm
sunclowns fc ,sunflops fc ,snflower fc ,motsepe fc hehehehehehe kikikikikikikikikhki
posted: 09:16 pm
I Didn't watch de game and now I have 2 contrasting reports. Which one is more reliable? I love Downs but I would rather lose de league dan 2 start wat Chiefs is famous for, i.e. Bribering Referees. After de World Cup heads are going 2 roll. I just hope we will not be implicated. I'm a Downs-Thru-and-Thru.

I gas its time 2 surrender. SS is gone with it, so is our RECORD.

Dis is wat Soccerladuma reported on their website:

Mamelodi Sundowns failed to increase the pressure on their PSL title rivals SuperSport as they were held to a goalless draw by Santos at the Super Stadium on Sunday, despite numerous refereeing decisions going in their favour.

The hosts put some early pressure on Santos' defence as Katlego Mphela tested Tshepo Motsoeneng after good interplay between Lebohang Mokoena and Siboniso Gaxa who created the opening for their striker.

Unfortunately for the visitors Motsoeneng seemed to injure himself whilst making the save and was replaced by Lee Langevelt in goal.

The People's Team seemed to take the lead 25 minutes into the clash after Eleazar Rodgers hit the target from Romano Scott's cross, but the assistant referee rather controversially adjudged him to be offside, ruling out the goal.

The officials again treated Santos harshly later in the half, opting not to award them with a penalty after Sundowns goalkeeper Bafana Baloyi seemed to take out Rodgers in the box.

The Brazilians put pressure on Santos again shortly before the break as Franklyn Cale whipped in a dangerous cross into the visitors' area. However, the organised Santos defence dealt with it efficiently.

The referee's suspicious decision-making continued after the interval when he yet again came down hard on Santos. Shortly after coming onto the pitch, substitute Bongikosi Macala trod on Mphela's foot during a tackle and was immediately shown a red card, reducing the visitors to 10 men.

The string of questionable decisions by the referee mounted as the game drew to a close. Orlin Powell was through the Sundowns defence and set for a one-on-one confrontation with Baloyi, but Esrom Nyandoro brought him down to prevent a clear scoring chance and inexplicably the official only presented a yellow card.

Santos could feel hard done by as the match played out to a disappointing goalless draw as they seemed to create more clear-cut chances.

Sundowns: Baloyi, Booth, Gaxa, Xulu, Mdledle, Cale, Mokoena, Nyandoro, Pattison, Pelembe, Mphela

Santos: Motsoeneng, W Arendse, Gabonamong, Ntloana, Skippers, Ongoa, Isaacs, King, Van Beulen, Scott, Rodgers
posted: 09:33 pm
Hi Ike, SL is reporting bull dung, watch soccerzone and you'll see. The only controversial decision was the red card incident. Funny they do not mention the 2 hand balls in their penalty box that were not given.

Anyway Masandawana, ASOZE SAPHELAMANDLA....!!!!
posted: 09:59 pm
It's in the name of the game to win some and drawing others let alone losing, Wonder : 2010-02-14 19:58....... Relax fellow organiser, Sion'spot' will get too excited and lose focus in due course, ubheke!

Ike... even this report by Kickoff is inaccurate and biased broe, every tactic in the book will be used to convince iy'wengu that their teams are'nt too bad after all.... And that you dont need to spend money to attain success and good things! lol.

Fact is we let this snoek slip away, they were playing counter attacking football and were parking a Ship at the back. The rest of the reporting is kak!

Asiphelimandla ma-Ndaweni asiphelimandla! Downs all the way!.......'Till Irvin asks for a discount on a gold tooth,Lol!

even worse,,,,,,,Downs 'till Chiefs stadium is constructed with cow dung to cut costs and set trends! Lol! lol!
posted: 07:11 am
Disappointing draw

Santos should have won this one thanks to the red card. Sundowns was never gonna score in that game unless Santons were reduced to 5 men against 11. Overall I think we can now accept the reality that a game in hand is not 3 point. Wonder and his clowns can continue with the calculations: “if Sundowns win the next game and SuperSport draw, then blah-blah...” This is football not some mathematical formula.
posted: 07:27 am
I have notice the trend of some section of fans hellbent on us losing to the extent that they even celebrate when we draw.The goal by Rodgers was definitely offside as per footage shown by SS4 unless you guys were watching from another world. As for the red card, it was bone crunching, other refs could have given the red card and others a yellow card and in this case the ref was much closer to the action. I applaud Downs for the fighting spirit shown against two buses that were parked in front of Santos 16 yard area. Mathematically it might seem its over but all it's not lost. Let the armchair temporary Supersport United fans rejoice and we will see who has the last laugh.
posted: 07:36 am
This thing of Sundowns getting favours is starting to piss me off. Why every game there is controversy... disallowed goals and unnecessry send-off. Are referees trying to help them win the league.???. "Shame".!!!.
posted: 07:39 am
choeked choeked ha ha ha ha ah !!! money can't buy 3 points ma$andawana. you dont win lig by talking too much you need points boys. that's what SS have.
posted: 07:46 am
this is Psl fault, this game was playe but some officila decided that the game should be stopped because there were no lights

we stood in the rain and pledged to our PRO Mr Go;d finger for the game to go ahead

we will wait and see if we will leave to regret that dauy

supersport are smilling but they must not count their chickens
Mayweather reloaded
posted: 08:03 am
At sunflops their mottto is : "Maximum input for Minimum output". A club that has been paying top salaries for under-performing players and administration for how many years now??? and to top it all, they and Soup Spot have the least supporters of all clubs, and floppers' ones are even worse off, they are so loud!!! I am yet to see that mini-stadium filled by floppers,nxxx
posted: 08:03 am
In other news:

According to a report from KING 2010-02-12 16:31, the blacklisting of Michael Manzini on ITC for failure to pay his credit of 2 eggs and Ntsu snuff might have contributed to the disappointing draw. Mambush a Sundowns legend who was never in his 25 yrs playing time neither carried out of the field on a stretcher nor treated for an injury is blamed for the draw. Mambush caused a great headache in the dressing rooms before the game with his debtors’ book and Okapi knife:
“May I have what is due to me before you spend it on your valentine blind dates?” That’s when Surprise Moriri went for a run. Surprise was later found by Alex and brought to the coach after 45 minutes of the game. “Had Surprise started with the game there’s no doubt Sundowns would have won” said the frustrated Michael Manzini.
posted: 08:16 am

Red cards for every team that play sundowns....mmmm....I smell a rotten rat in Iceland here. Just as i was following the game, that boxer of sundowns they call......shit whatever man....kicks a player without winning the ball and guess what.....he gets nothing

Ok just as I thought the ref missed that......this Mtjopi guy from Mozambique jumps and deliberately stomp a santos player and guess what.....he gets nothing.

Ok maybe some shit happen so I thought that it....sundowns will draw level with SSP.....reason being.....the ref was so bias.....BUT........hehehehehehe!!!!!!

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