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Downs Set New Record Thank To Shalulile's Brace

DStv Premiership

Result: Bloemfontein Celtic 0-2 Mamelodi Sundowns

Date: 02 June 2021

Venue: Dr Molemela Stadium

Mamelodi Sundowns will finish the campaign with an unbeaten away record in the DStv Premiership defeating Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday evening.

Sundowns handed a rare start to Haashim Domingo in the attack as Themba Zwane missed out, while Kennedy Mweene returned to the goals in place of Reyaad Pieterse.

The newly crowned champions got off to the perfect start as Peter Shalulile opened the scoring on 11 minutes with a fine header into the far corner after Domingo saw his initial strike crack the crossbar.

Celtic, however, started to see more of the ball after conceding and looked particularly dangerous down the left flank with Sifiso Ngobeni.

Mweene returned to the side despite Pieterse's impressive display against Swallows, but the Zambian shot-stopper produced a superb save at his near posts to deny Tshepo Rikhotso.

Other than Shalulile's early goal, it was a relatively quiet first half for the Brazilians who struggled to carve out clear-cut openings in the latter stages of the first half.

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Celtic were dealt a blow shortly after the break when Neo Maema was forced off with an injury and replaced by Victor Letsoalo.

Gift Motupa was presented with a chance to double Sundowns' lead on the hour mark after pressing Mondli Mpoto, but the Celtic goalkeeper was rescued by the referee after a foul by the striker.

The visitors were not to be denied a minute later when Lyle Lakay's cross found Shalulile who nodded home his second on the night and 13th goal for the league campaign.

Celtic could not find a way back in the contest as Sundown hold on for another win, while Celtic are officially out of the race for the top eight. Meanwhile, Sundowns are the first team to finish the season without a loss on the road in the Premier Soccer League era.

Here's how they started:

Celtic: 32. Mpoto, 35. Baloyi, 3. Mahashe, 22. Rikhotso, 26. Ngobeni, 12. Maema, 18. Mashikinya, 24. Lingwati, 11. Potsane, 10. Mabena, 27. Tchilimbou.

Subs: 31. Chaine, 19. Chabalala, 14. Njoti, 19. Matjila, 8. Phalane, Ncobeni, 13. Letsoalo, 5. Kobedi, 9. Sera.

Sundowns: 1. Mweene, 25. Mudau, 28. De Reuck, 5. Lebusa, 7. Lakay, 41. Mvala, 15. Jali, 10. Sirino, 23. Domingo, 19. Motupa, 38. Shalulile.

Subs: 20. February, 9. Affonso, 12. Maluleke, 6. B. Onyango, 22. Kapinga, 37. Modiba, 224. Vilakazi, 31. Margeman.

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