MATCH CENTRE

SAT 01 APRIL 2017, 20:15, FNB STADIUM

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VS
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Sundowns stutter at FNB Stadium

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sat April 01, 22:19

Khama Billiat's goal was not enough to hand Mamelodi Sundowns an Absa Premiership win, as they lost 2-1 to title rivals Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday night at FNB Stadium.

The defeat for Pitso Mosimane's men means they remain at number five on the log standings with 34 points from 18 league matches.

The opening stages of the encounter, Mosimane's men dominated the proceedings, but there were no clear cut chances.

Just after the ninth minute, Tiyani Mabunda received a wonderful pass from Bangaly Soumahoro in the box, but the midfielder's header went over goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune's crossbar.

It was an end-to-end affair, with the battle intense in the heart of the park as both sides aimed to dominate the encounter.

Steve Komphela's men pushed forward in the 17th minute as an excellent ball from Simphiwe Tshabalala into the box from a set piece created a chance for Erick Mathoho - but his attempt flew wide.

In the 22nd minute, Parker showed his class with a brilliant diving header on goal but it lacked power and keeper Kennedy Mweene collected easily.

However, four minutes later, Billiat scored for the Brazilians with a powerful shot which deflected off Lorenzo Gordinho to beat a wrong-footed Khune.

Despite trying to dominate, Sundowns succumbed to pressure as Parker beat Mweene on his near posts in the 34th minute following a weaving run by Edmore Chirambadare down the right flank.

It was 1-1 at half time.

Upon their return from the tunnel, Amakhosi showed signs of danger as Parker took a shot which went narrowly wide off Mweene's top corner in the 52nd minute.

Three minutes later, Themba Zwane wasted a wonderful chance from Fares Hachi's delivery on the left, Tau initially received the ball before setting up Zwane whose shot disappointingly went over the crossbar.

Right in the hour mark, Zwane beat Mathoho in the box and set himself through on goal, but he failed again to beat the onrushing Khune.

With 12 minutes to go, the African champions succumbed to pressure as Soumahoro scored an own goal trying to play a back pass to Mweene.

Chiefs were all over their visitors and two minutes later; substitute George Lebese nearly made it 3-1 after turning Tebogo Langerman, but his curling shot missed the far post with only Mweene to beat.

Bafana Bafana goalkeeper, Khune, denied his national teammate, Hlompho Kekana from a well struck set piece - which was goal bound as the keeper tipped it over the woodwork - in added time.

The win for the Soweto giants means they now occupy the second spot on the log standings with 39 points from 22 matches in their league campaign.

Kaizer Chiefs: (1) 2 (Parker 34', Soumahoro 78' og)
Mamelodi Sundowns: (1) 1 (Billiat 26')

Kaizer Chiefs: Khune, Mphahlele, Mathoho, Masilela (Cardoso 85'), Gordinho, Katsande, Maluleka, Molangoane, Tshabalala, Parker (Paez 76'), Chirambadare (Lebese 60')

Mamelodi Sundowns: Mweene, Soumahoro, Nascimento, Hachi (Langerman 64'), Kekana, T. Zwane, Tau, Mabunda (Castro 83'), Morena, Biliat, Laffor (Zakri 69')

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH FNB STADIUM
KAIZER CHIEFS GOALS MAMELODI SUNDOWNS GOALS
25. Bernard Parker (34') 33. Khama Billiat (26')
29. Soumahoro Bangaly (78') (OG)
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
5 2
KAIZER CHIEFS STARTING LINEUP MAMELODI SUNDOWNS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
32
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
3
Defender
28'
64'
0
Defender
90'
26
16
2
Defender
78'
29
Defender
85'
24
Midfielder
69'
28
Midfielder
60'
11
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
12
Midfielder
26'
33
Midfielder
68'
14
Midfielder
22
Midfielder
78'
31
Midfielder
27
Forward/Striker
34'
76'
25
Midfielder
18
Forward/Striker
85'
23
Midfielder
66'
83'
13
SUBSTITUTIONS
George Lebese
Midfielder
60'
17
Tebogo Langerman
Defender
64'
4
Gustavo Paez
Forward/Striker
76'
28
Yannick Zakri
Forward/Striker
69'
24
Daniel Cardoso
Defender
85'
4
Leonardo Castro
Forward/Striker
83'
25
CARDS
Siphiwe Tshabalala
Midfielder
68'
14
Fares Hachi
Defender
28'
0
Willard Katsande
Midfielder
78'
31
Tiyani Mabunda
Midfielder
66'
13
George Lebese
Midfielder
84'
17
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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