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PSL match report: Mamelodi Sundowns vs Maritzburg United

Posted: 20 December 2013 Time: 19:29

Mamelodi Sundowns had to equalise in injury time to earn a point against Maritzburg United on Friday night.

The result denied the Brazilians a return to the top of the log and ended a five-game losing streak for the Team of Choice, who came close to a shock victory.

Sundowns broke the deadlock just 10 minutes into the game when Elias Pelembe, making his first League start of the season, was presented with a clear sight on goal in the penalty area. He unselfishly opted for a pass to Katlego Mashego, who easily beat Shu-Aib Walters from close range to make it 1-0.

Sundowns suffered an injury blow midway through the first half when defender Rashid Sumaila appeared to tweak a hamstring in a seemingly innocuous incident. Wayne Arendse came off the bench to replace the Ghanaian.

On 28 minutes Dove Wome almost doubled the hosts' advantage with a quick turn and shot from the edge of the penalty area, but Walters came up with an excellent save to turn the ball away for a corner.

Six minutes later Sundowns were awarded a penalty when Mohammed Awal tripped Khama Billiat just inside the box. Mashego took the spot-kick but was denied by another fine save from Walters.

Just moments later, in the 35th minute, Maritzburg punished Downs for their penalty miss, when Thamsanqa Mkhize provided an inch-perfect cross from the right flank for Orlando Smeekes, who arrived unmarked to score with a header – the visitors' first attempt on goal.

Seven minutes into the second half Sundowns had a great chance to reclaim the lead as Billiat was presented with only the keeper to beat from just inside the box, but he shot wide of the mark, much to coach Pitso Mosimane's frustration.

The Team of Choice soon scored a second to take the lead very much against the run of play, when a Ruben Cloete free-kick was touched toward goal by Mario Booysen – the ball struck the post, rebounded and went into the back of the net off the head of a diving Kennedy Mweene. Booysen was credited with the goal, but it could yet be changed to an own-goal from the keeper.

Just over 10 minutes later Sundowns defender Alje Schut thought he had scored the equaliser when he powered a header on target from a corner-kick, but Walters pulled off a superb save to keep his team in front.

However, there was nothing Walters could do to keep out a low drive from Billiat two minutes into extra time, with the Zimbabwean capitalising on some extreme pressure from Sundowns to score.

Livefyre comments on this story...

khosi jikelele
posted: 2013-12-21 09:52:05

@Impofana uyazi nawe Khosi AmaZulu amanzi amancane siyazitamuzela laphayana Laba abanye oTWC ngeke besasthola

Mgqwabeni
posted: 2013-12-21 10:00:44

I was called by all sort of names when I said all these foreigners at PSL are just ordinary players who are just deny our own talented players 1 can get in our township, they do not add any value at all to up lift the std of PSL proof Sundowns they got most number of foreigners playing but failing to beat struggling teams like Polokwane,Aces,Maritzburg then would you say those foreign players are extra ordinary look at Kenedy Mweene the goals he is conceding they leave much to be desired.

Donald Duck
posted: 2013-12-21 10:26:04

Clowns never attend games anyway, I doubt if Pisto will see if they are there on not..

thephefeni
posted: 2013-12-21 11:04:59

noelmisaveni the clueles pitso said after the game : Maritzburg had survived- otherway round .KC or Nothing

noelmisaveni
posted: 2013-12-21 11:14:40

Mr mosimane pitso could u please congra other teams when they have play good football against ur team

vusimadlala
posted: 2013-12-21 12:14:38

Motsepe will never go bankrupt you don't what you are talking about!

vusimadlala
posted: 2013-12-21 12:17:05

Motsepe is not into soccer for money, already he is a billionaire; he makes his money somewhere else

Mgqwabeni
posted: 2013-12-21 12:20:29

You big headed Pitso your next 5 games 4 of them Sundowns will play at home with only 1 game away to Orlando Pirates>>>23Dec Celtics =Home, Jan28 Kaizer Chiefs=Home,Feb05 Arrows=Home,Feb08 Pirates=Away and Feb 15 Ajax =Home. This mark the end of Pitso on mid-Feb because when his team play at home that is where they lose a lot of points they relax and play the so called carpet football trying to entertain their 2500 fans at the stadium. It will be worse if he decide to go onto market in January trying boost the team or if you lose on Nedbank knock-out because those players would be trying to adapt with the rest of the players. Uzonya  Pitso come March you would be fired and leaking your wounds but any way you will cross road and join Supersport because Calvin Johnson naye will be out of job by that time.

Glamour Boy
posted: 2013-12-21 12:32:08

I know what I am talking about, you have just missed the point. Get to the hidden message and you will understand the moral of the story.

PhiweKhoza
posted: 2013-12-21 13:12:36

Did he propose that to you? Noma udakiwe iwunga le oyibhemayo

PhiweKhoza
posted: 2013-12-21 13:13:53

Did he propose that to you noma udakiwe iwunga?

khozatin
posted: 2013-12-21 13:36:45

KhosiNyce 01 Well said

isaaac
posted: 2013-12-21 13:39:29

True

Naturena Born Killer
posted: 2013-12-21 14:00:39

James Maphutlule wrote:

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The Log is starting to take its original shape. ‪#‎Amakhosi4Life

dlangamandla
posted: 2013-12-21 14:45:49

how I wish motsepe could hire me to fix this mess which is created by a bunch of clowns at downs. even though I am a chiefs supporter, I recognise the fact that rsa need a stronger and well MANAGED sundowns.

Double_Champ
posted: 2013-12-21 17:45:53

dlangamandla LOL

Mgqwabeni
posted: 2013-12-23 03:56:03

Sundowns will never learn a thing now they have identified 6 players they want to sign on January open window and they will release 8 players who have been signed 6 months ago its 2 goal keepers Glenn Verbauwhede and W Sandilands,1 defender Emmanuel Mathias,Mukuka Mulenga,Anthony Laffor,2 fomer Blackpool players they are all going to be released next month mark my words.

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