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Downs’ Dominance Ineffective - Stats

Mamelodi Sundowns will try and identify all the positives in their 3-0 loss to Orlando Pirates to lift themselves out of the current slump they have been drawn into. The Siya crew analyse some key statistics, which may be a consolation prize to Pitso Mosimane.

Kermit Erasmus and Lehlohonolo Majoro spoiled the Downs party to hand their side a 3-0 win at Loftus Stadium, however, the statistics show that the Brazilians had the upper hand for majority of the match.

If one takes a look at the match statistics, it certainly doesn't reflect a 3-0 score line in Bucs’ favour, which both Vladimir Vermozovic and Pitso Mosimane agreed on, in their respective post-match comments.

Sundowns dominated possession by a staggering 62% to Pirates’ 38%, which helped their passing statistics significantly. Downs attempted 668 passes, of which 85% were successful.

With possession in abundance, most of which were orchestrated by midfielder Teko Modise, Masandawana added various elements of attack with 23 shots at Senzo Meyiwa’s goal and 36 crosses to test Bucs’ defence against the height of Mame Niang.

Bucs escaped this process unharmed while Downs conceded three goals as Kermit Erasmus and company launched numerous attacks at the high line of defence of Sundowns, which allowed Erasmus to venture beyond into channels and subsequently dragged Mario Booysen, Alje Schut and Thabo Nthethe out of position.

 

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