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Three Thunderbolts Send Sundowns Four Points Clear

Absa Premiership Report: Mamelodi Sundowns v Platinum Stars 20 January 2018

By Soccer Laduma - Jan 20, 2018 06:51 PM
Absa Premiership
Result: Mamelodi Sundowns 3-0 Platinum Stars
Date: 20 January 2018
Venue: Loftus Versfeld
Three long-range stunners — two from Khama Billiat and one from Sibusiso Vilakazi — saw Mamelodi Sundowns to a 3-0 win over Platinum Stars, moving them four points clear at the top of the log
The game got off to a slow start, with not much action at either end. Dino Visser made the first noteworthy save in the 12th minute, pushing Percy Tau’s sweet strike wide of the far post. However, the offside flag went up anyway in what was a controversial call.
Downs began to pile pressure on the Dikwena defence — and in the 22nd minute, it paid off. Vilakazi was left with room to shoot just outside the box and he made the most of it, putting a perfectly-placed shot into the top corner.
10 minutes later, another stunner from similar range saw Masandawana double their lead. This one came from Billiat, whose perfectly-placed free-kick went in off the inside of the post with Visser rooted to the spot.
In the 37th minute, Billiat struck again from a free-kick — this one a few yards further out. Visser was able to get a hand to his shot this time, but the ball went in off the crossbar.
Roger de Sá made an early substitution in the 44th minute, bringing on Robert Ng’ambi for Sibongakonke Mbatha.
Ahead of the start of the second half, he made his second change, as Bongi Ntuli came on for Enocent Mkhabela.
However, Sundowns continued to dominate the game. They could have arguably have had a penalty in the 10th minute of the half, when Tebogo Langerman went down after a tangle with Vuyo Mere in the area, but nothing was given.
In the 63rd minute, Billiat became the first Sundowns player to make way, with Aubrey Ngoma coming on in his place. Another new man was introduced into the game in the 72nd minute, with Gastón Sirino replacing Vilakazi.
Sundowns should have scored their fourth goal two minutes afterwards, but Themba Zwane fired over the bar from close range after having been set up by a clever Tau pass.
A further seven minutes later, Zwane made way for Jeremy Brockie to make his Sundowns debut. Ryan de Jongh came on shortly afterwards in place of Manti Mekoa.
Bar a fine save from a long range shot in the 88th minute, Denis Onyango had very little to do all game. Sundowns cruised to a comfortable victory in a contest which at times looked like men against boys.
Here's how they lined up:
Sundowns: 14. Onyango, 4. Langerman, 32. Madisha, 16. Nascimento, 29. Soumahoro, 7. Manyisa, 33. Billiat (Ngoma, 63’), 13. Mabunda, 11. Vilakazi (Sirino, 72’), 18. T.Zwane (Brockie, 81’), 22. Tau.
Stars: Visser, Mere, Mthethwa, Sithole, Mpeta, Mekoa (de Jongh, 83’), Mbatha (Ng’ambi, 44’), Msomi, Mkhabela (Ntuli, 46’), Rambuwane, Koapeng.


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Jully Cee-Jay Joined: 19 Apr 2017
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Jully Cee-Jay Jan 22, 2018 01:42 PM
Are we seeing the last of Khama?
dellah Joined: 21 Nov 2017
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dellah Jan 22, 2018 09:28 AM
High scoring game is expected on Saturday, Sundowns will take dis game.
Mr Correct Joined: 03 Aug 2017
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Mr Correct Jan 21, 2018 09:07 PM
I want revenge on saturday 4-0 is all i need King Billiado
Sucker Punch The Legend Joined: 23 Jan 2014
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Sucker Punch The Legend Jan 21, 2018 07:48 PM
Hats off gents, beautiful goals by Billiat and Villa. Everything well executed and straight from the training ground. 10 out of 10 from both of them and they are both my mnandi moments!
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Dawana4Life Jan 21, 2018 04:15 PM
@Michaeltshigama Billiat going to renew his contract man, after his meeting with Mr President he has decided to stay with us, we're going to be unstoppable from now going forward
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cwebezela Jan 21, 2018 01:48 PM
is Lebese done at the Saloon?....eish, if the dude doesn't up his game....i fear for him....these guys are hungry....and him, he looks like he is on hunger strike
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indidane Jan 21, 2018 01:10 PM
I see messing 0n his tr0users 0n the 27th. Hluph " iZebra has arrived in Pret0ria ... Gats0n Sirin0 "ll be running all 0ver Zebras c0ws.
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Ubala-lolo Jan 21, 2018 10:19 AM
But's gona b a hard time for Pitso the Short MDC guy is a marvel too,,, Magkalwa
Manamba Joined: 13 Dec 2012
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Manamba Jan 21, 2018 10:18 AM
Dunu is my daily bread you I can even beat them if my MDC team,just wait for 27 you will see Pizza crying and complaining about parking
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chaledi Jan 21, 2018 10:18 AM
Sirino is top class. Free agents FC must be shivering. MR ENGLISH will be drinking a lot of water next week
indidane Joined: 12 Jan 2011
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indidane Jan 21, 2018 09:37 AM
Ace Manyisa is a T0p class player ... plus Tiyani are Hardw0rkers in that midfield . Kekana deserves t0 r0t in the bench . Ricar0 Nascement0 is a C0w . We need Rivald0 + Bangally 0r Madisha in that Defence. Kby Namanjeee
Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal Jan 21, 2018 09:25 AM
Its just now
magova Joined: 22 Jul 2013
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magova Jan 21, 2018 09:11 AM
Billiat is the best in the league..klaar
Mashia1950 Joined: 29 Aug 2017
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Mashia1950 Jan 21, 2018 07:59 AM
Naciemento is still in holidays. Speedy recovery Rivaldo n Anele.
Michaeltshigama Joined: 30 Sep 2016
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Michaeltshigama Jan 21, 2018 07:02 AM
Can't wait to see Lameck Banda n Brockie combination next season
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mondentete Jan 21, 2018 06:55 AM
This Sirino looks ok hey, Manyisa Man of the Match, really now, anyway was happy with Vila
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Mshayiwamateam Jan 21, 2018 06:50 AM
@Manamba Another cow that is hurting. I see tyou are also a historian. You seem to know more about sundowns fans than they do
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Dunu-Rats-Slayer Jan 21, 2018 06:48 AM
I don't wanna lie Pitso can spot a good player that Sirino is a gem reminded me of Barnes Bapela.
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Lyricz Loverz Jan 21, 2018 06:43 AM
One word for this... Class #KBY4Lyf
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Bridgertte Layun. Jan 21, 2018 06:31 AM
Three Thunderbolts Send Sundowns Four Points Clear,,, mmhhh I like this headline cowditor my cow

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