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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...

Mthinayi Bugs Killer
posted: 2013-12-20 19:38:10

Talk is too cheap Pitso, pls next time try to eliminatane these Zayzay in the starting line up.

posted: 2013-12-20 19:38:22

Dead or alive ...of coarse ..BOTH their goals were offside

posted: 2013-12-20 19:39:05

You know what Pitso will open the cheque book wide open in January open window possible 8 players will join Sundowns, under "Beefing up the team". This Malajila guy has not proven me wrong when I said he is no where near better than Killer Mpela he starts every game but he scores 1 goal after 4 games.

posted: 2013-12-20 19:40:33

"Although history doesn't necessarily determine the future, it is still a better reference. Sundowns have choked in December more than once in the past few seasons"

New age blogger
posted: 2013-12-20 19:40:52

Nazooorena gates are now open and Zebras come and fart on this blog hai

posted: 2013-12-20 19:40:53

BOTH SUNDOWNS 'GOALS' WERE OFFSIDE...Maritzburg was robbed

Black and White Rhino
posted: 2013-12-20 19:41:38

As Long As Amakhosi Amahle are in Position Number One No One is going to Remove Us. Love & Peace. 

champ enigma
posted: 2013-12-20 19:42:31

For the record Dunusa second goal is an offside. Mark Williams said it. Who is a hypocrite now. What are you stupid Dunusa and Pierats criton saying now.

New age blogger
posted: 2013-12-20 19:42:43

Pitso will recall Manqele like anticipated and will not be sold thats for sure, sumbody desperate's hopes has just been killed

Bucs4eva Phindamzala
posted: 2013-12-20 19:43:14

You will remove yourself when Bucs come closer

posted: 2013-12-20 19:43:17

@KeoManeezyJay TSEK WENA... go and sleep....you're not part of the contenders here.....your team is way down the log

champ enigma
posted: 2013-12-20 19:43:55

What gates, we play our games we dont depend on other teams.

posted: 2013-12-20 19:44:08

They can open their cheque book for all I care that is where they will succeed, on the field of play it doesn't work like that.  I was worried when Billiat was about to sign for Pirates but fortunately he signed for Sundowns

Fumigator {#Komphela Is A Spaza Shop Coach}
posted: 2013-12-20 19:44:38

Both goals.

posted: 2013-12-20 19:46:08

Interesting that SS4 played "Amakhosi a jabulile" song after the game!!!!

posted: 2013-12-20 19:46:49

JUST watch KABELO...on 204 after Downs drew and allowed us on top....AMAKHOSA JABULILE...

posted: 2013-12-20 19:46:52

sundowns need a new coach. pitso is an old cow

posted: 2013-12-20 19:47:17

I'm loving it,

posted: 2013-12-20 19:47:24

Bucs are also chockers. As long as they play tikitakatikitaka known for not producing positive results. Drawlando Pirates/ Games in Hands FC are no threat to us, Chiefs.

posted: 2013-12-20 19:47:47


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