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Seisa Ramabodu
31/08/2008 15:00

Brazilians ease past Celtic

Posted: 31 August 2008 Time: 17:28

Surprise Moriri scored the only goal of the game to hand Mamelodi Sundowns the perfect start to the season when they beat Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 in their opening Absa Premiership fixture at Seisa Ramabodu on Sunday afternoon.

The Brazilians dominated for most of the match and should have won by a much bigger margin, was it not for their poor finishing in front of goal.

Trott Moloto’s side took the lead in the seventh minute when Moriri headed home a cross by Siboniso Gaxa.

Celtic dominated midway through the first half, but failed to seriously trouble the Sundowns defence.

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The visitors came back strong towards the end of the half, with Fanyana Dhladhla forcing Celtic keeper Shuaib Walters into a good save in the 41st minute, while Mbulelo Mabizela hit the crossbar seconds before the break following Celtic’s failure to clear a corner by Josta Dladla.

The score remained 1-0 at the break, with Sundowns continuing in the same vein in the second stanza.

Shakes Ngwenya should have doubled the visitors’ lead in the 54th minute when he latched onto a good cross by Moriri, but the striker put his effort wide at the near post.

The game was disrupted as both sides rang the changes, although Celtic could have stolen a point at the end when Baloyi failed to collect a cross, but substitute Mayambela put his header wide of the empty goal.

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