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SAT 06 JANUARY 2018, 15:30, PETER MOKABA STADIUM

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Mamelodi Sundowns open 2018 with a 3-2 loss

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sat January 06, 17:47

Mamelodi Sundowns opened their New Year with a 3-2 loss against Polokwane City in the Absa Premiership at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Brazilians netted through George Lebese and Oupa Manyisa as they remain on top of the log table with 28 points from 15 league games.

For the hosts, they found the back of the net courtesy of Sammy Seabi, Walter Musona and Rodney Ramagalela.

As early as the third minute, the visitors had a bright start and Lebese converted a powerful low cross from Hlompho Kekana to slot it home.

Polokwane showed quality touches in Sundowns’ half, but could not break down the visiting defence in the 10th minute.

However, Pitso Mosimane’s men launched a quick counter attack and Percy Tau saw his well-drilled shot going straight to goalkeeper George Chigova a minute later.

Midfielder Manyisa would be denied by Chigova in the 14th minute when he received a brilliant pass from Tau and it was blocked for a corner.

Four minutes later, it was the Brazilians who ran riot over Rise and Shine as Tau broke free towards the penalty area, yet his shot was punched away by Chigova, who conceded another corner.

Just after the 21st minute, Ramagalela used his pace and made an entry in Sundowns’ box, but he rushed his effort and was blocked by Motjeka Madisha.

In the final minutes of the opening half, Bernard Molekwa’s men improved on their attack and Thabiso Semenya failed to hit the target from a promising position in the box.

With the Tshwane side heading to the tunnel leading 1-0, Chigova continued to deny the visitors as he collected Kekana’s long range shot in the 52nd minute.

However, City would bounce back when Seabi converted Jabulani Maluleke’s wonderful free kick and the defender’s header beat Denis Onyango to make it 1-1.

With the former African champions stunned, Manyisa’s poor back pass was intercepted by Musona, who was alert to beat the oncoming Onyango to make it 2-1 a minute later.

Sundowns showed resilience and Manyisa rectified his error and made it 2-2 when he beat an offside trap to convert Tau’s defence splitting pass.

However exactly with 10 minutes to go, Ramagalela bagged City’s third goal after receiving a great pass from the Maluleke to unleash a shot, giving Onyango no chance.

The Citizens were boosted after regaining their lead as they dominated the final five minutes of the thrilling encounter.

City's win sees them moving up to the 11th spot with 18 points on the log table as they bagged their first win at home this season.

Polokwane City (0) 3 (Seabi 58’, Musona 59’, Ramagalela 80’)

Mamelodi Sundowns (1) 2 (Lebese 3’, Manyisa 64’)

Polokwane: Chigova, Semenya, Hlongwane, Maponyane, Mbonani, Seabi, Ramagalela, Phiri (Vilakazi 54’), Ndou, Maluleke, Musona (Booi 78’)

Sundowns: Onyango, Langerman, Madisha, Nascimento, Ngcongca (S. Zwane 46’), Manyisa, Kekana (Zakri 88’), Mabunda, Lebese (Laffor 46’), T. Zwane, Tau

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH PETER MOKABA STADIUM
POLOKWANE CITY GOALS MAMELODI SUNDOWNS GOALS
21. Sammy Seabi (58') 17. George Lebese (3')
29. Walter Musona (59') Oupa Manyisa (64')
17. Rodney Ramagalela (80')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2
POLOKWANE CITY STARTING LINEUP MAMELODI SUNDOWNS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
36
Defender
22
Defender
46'
20
Defender
2
16
Defender
5
Defender
4
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
3'
46'
17
Midfielder
54'
20
Midfielder
88'
8
Midfielder
33'
58'
21
Midfielder
32
Midfielder
24
Midfielder
64'
0
Forward/Striker
89'
19
Midfielder
22
Forward/Striker
80'
17
Midfielder
18
Forward/Striker
59'
78'
29
Midfielder
13
SUBSTITUTIONS
Lorence Vilakazi
Midfielder
54'
0
Siyanda Zwane
Defender
46'
21
Bongile Booi
Midfielder
78'
0
Anthony Laffor
Midfielder
46'
28
Yannick Zakri
Forward/Striker
88'
24
CARDS
Sammy Seabi
Midfielder
33'
21
Rendani Ndou
Forward/Striker
89'
19
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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