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Sundowns Off To Losing Start Without Pitso

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Result: Mamelodi Sundowns 0-1 Bloemfontein Celtic

Date: 18 October 2020

Venue: Lucas Moripe Stadium

Life without Pitso Mosimane at Mamelodi Sundowns began with defeat as the Brazilians lost 1-0 to Bloemfontein Celtic in the MTN8 quarter-finals.

Sundowns had three new faces in the side with Nyiko Mobbie, Haashim Domingo and Peter Shalulile all handed debuts while Siwelele kept a regular team but were boosted by the return of goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane and Ronald Pfumbidzai.

The Brazilians were on the front foot and Ricardo Nascimento came very close to giving them the lead in just the fifth minute with a strike at the back post but Mabokgwane made a great save, with Motebang Sera clearing the rebound off the line.

However, Celtic were better organised after that, not allowing Sundowns spaces behind the defence but Gaston Sirino came close to breaking the deadlock for the hosts on the half-hour mark with a clever flick from Lyle Lakay's cross at the near post but Mabokgwane was once again on hand to make the save.

Masandawana thought they had finally found the breakthrough on the stroke of half-time after Shalulile headed home a cross at the back post but the goal was disallowed for offside.

Shalulile had a wonderful chance to finally make it 1-0 for Sundowns two minutes into the second half after going clear on goal but his struck his shot straight at Mabokgwane in a one-on-one situation.

Hlompho Kekaka was unlucky not to break the deadlock for the hosts just before the hour-mark with a rocket from range that rattled the underside of the crossbar and bounced on the goal-line.

Siwelele caught Sundowns flat-footed on a set-piece in the last 22 minutes, as Victor Letsoalo opened the scoring with a header at the back post that evaded shot-stopper Denis Onyango.

Sundowns were struggling for momentum in the closing phase, although Kekana had a great chance in stoppage time after going clear at the near post but he poked his shot just over the bar as Siwelele held on to book a spot in the semi-finals.

Here's how they started:

Sundowns: Onyango, Mobbie, Lakay, Nascimento, Madisha, Coetzee, Kekana, Domingo, Sirino, Zwane, Shalulile.

Subs: Mweene, Makgalwa, Lebusa, Maluleka, Modiba, Erasmus, Jali, Mkhulise, Mkhuma.

Celtic: Mabokgwane, Ngobeni, Luthuli, Mahashe, Lingwati, Sera, Mashikinya, Letsoalo, Baloyi, Tchilimbou, Pfumbodzai.

Subs: Chaine, Rikhotso, Maema, Matjila, Smith, Mangweni, Njoti, Masuku, Kobedi.

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