MATCH CENTRE

WED 08 FEBRUARY 2017, 19:30, DR. MOLEMELA STADIUM

0
VS
1

Siwelele stutter in Mangaung

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Wed February 08, 21:32

Bloemfontein Celtic failed to use their home advantage after losing 1-0 to Mamelodi Sundowns in the Absa Premiership on Wednesday night at Dr Molemela Stadium.

The defeat takes Siwelele position 13 on the log table with 15 points from the same number of matches.

For the visiting side, Themba Zwane's goal made the difference as they bagged their first three points in 2017.

The opening eight minutes saw the hosts controlling the proceedings, not allowing Sundowns to play, but they failed to trouble goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands.

However, the first opportunity came when Hlompho Kekana produced his trademark thunderbolt from a distance, but was collected by keeper Patrick Tignyemb in the 13th minute.

As Pitso Mosimane's men dominated the proceedings, they were awarded a set piece not far from the box with 11 minutes to go in the half. Kekana again forced Tignyemb to produce a superb save to parry it from danger.

With one minute to the interval, Siwelele wasted two chances to grab the lead as their first attempt was cleared on the line by Thapelo Morena and Sandilands was alert to stop the second.

Sundowns continued to trouble Siwelele in the second half, but Tignyemb denied them and Ricardo Nascimento came close to breaking the deadlock when he failed to direct a cross from the left flank in to the net.

Siwelele caught their visitors on a counter and Deon Hotto's well placed shot to the far corner produced a wonderful save from Sandilands in the 75th minute.

With 12 minutes remaining, substitute Zwane scored for the visitors when he showed composure after receiving a sweet pass from another substitute, Leonardo Castro, in the penalty area.

Percy Tau nearly bagged another when he showed his magic in the 83rd minute, beating Wandisile Letlabika and Tignyemb in the box, only to be denied by the woodwork.

The last four minutes saw Zwane providing his defensive magic when he cleared Celtic's corner with the ball looking like it crossed the line.

In the wake of the victory the league's defending champions now sit at number five with 22 points on the log table.

Bloemfontein Celtic 0
Mamelodi Sundowns (0) 1 (T. Zwane 78')

Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Nyatama, Letlabika, Ndengane, Mxoyana, Dube, Rikhotso (Sankara 58'), Hotto, Lakay, Nyondo (A. Dlamini 57'), Shikweni

Mamelodi Sundowns: Sandilands, Arendse, Nascimento, Hachi, Mohomi, Kekana, Morena, Laffor (Castro 71'), Vilakazi (T. Zwane 63'), Billiat, (Mabunda 80') Tau

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MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH DR. MOLEMELA STADIUM
BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC GOALS MAMELODI SUNDOWNS GOALS
18. Themba Zwane (78')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 2
BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC STARTING LINEUP MAMELODI SUNDOWNS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
30
Goalkeeper
40
Defender
19
Defender
0
22
16
5
Defender
90'
6
Midfielder
27
Midfielder
71'
28
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
80'
33
Midfielder
3
Midfielder
16
Midfielder
74'
4
Midfielder
22
Midfielder
25
Midfielder
63'
11
Forward/Striker
57'
9
Midfielder
27
SUBSTITUTIONS
Ayanda Dlamini
Goalkeeper
57'
43
Themba Zwane
Midfielder
63'
18
Robert Sankara
Defender
58'
21
Leonardo Castro
Forward/Striker
71'
25
Kabelo Mahlasela
Midfielder
74'
35
Tiyani Mabunda
Midfielder
80'
13
CARDS
Robert Sankara
Defender
73'
21
Leonardo Castro
Forward/Striker
89'
25
Wayne Arendse
Defender
90'
6
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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