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Santos slip up again 14/03/04
The People's Team wasted yet another chance to increase their lead at the top of the Premier Soccer League table when they lost 2-1 to Sundowns in a Castle Premiership game played at the Odi Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

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The Brazilians had the first chance of the match in the third minute when Clement Mazibuko did well down the left flank and he centred the ball the ball to Hereaipha Marumo, but the latter skied his shot well over the crossbar.

Marumo was only denied a opening goal in the 6th minute by the excellent goal keeping of Santos keeper Brendon Wardle,following a lovely pass by Mazibuko.

Siaka Tiene then scored for the Brazilians in the 9th minute from a harmless low cross from the far left flank that Wardle badly misjudged.

Fees Moloi had the chance to level matters for the People's Team in the 15th minute after a pass from Marawan Bantam, but Downs goalkeeper Andre Arendse did well to take the ball away from his former team-mate by diving at his feet.

As the game proceed, Santos gained more of the possession, but they could just not find the equalizer.

Sundowns used this to their advantage and in the 25th minute they counter attacked after the People'sTeam had pushed most of their players forward.

Marumo sent the ball deep in to the Santos half but Tiene was beaten to the ball by Wardle, who saved his side as all of his defenders were out if position.

Six minutes before the break, Sundowns could have increased their lead when Tiene out sprinted Santos defenders and went deep to the left side and unleashed a low cross which was totally missed by Wardle, only for Marumo to have the miss of the day when his flying header which went wide of the empty net.

With Santos defenders playing dismally, Tiene turned two defenders inside-out with some good foot work and then sent a beautifully flighted cross to Rotson Kilambe to double Sundowns' lead with his left foot just three minutes before half-time.

The Brazilians went into the break leading 2-0.

In the second half Santos came back a much more organized team and they started to put Sundowns under pressure with more balls reaching their strikers.

Santos came back into the game in the 57th minute when Sebastien Bax scored with a header into the far left corner of the net from a well taken free kick by Kamaal Sait.

Three minutes later the People's Team nearly levelled the scores when Bax sent the ball into the crowded penalty area, but Arendse managed to clear under pressure.

The hard running Marumo was replaced in the 72th by Ishmael Maluleke, who nearly scored with his first touch from a long range volley which was tipped over the cross bar by Wardle.

Sundowns were reduced to 10 men in the 74th minute after the sending off of Siake Tiene after a second bookable offence, forcing coach Paul Dolezar to withdraw Kilambe in the 79th minute and bring in Isaac Shai.

As time ran out for the People's Team, they applied relentless pressure on the hosts, causing the assistant coach of the Brazilians, Neil Tovey to be sent off after having a go at the referee.

Santos have now lost two matches in a row and it is surely a matter of time before the chasing pack haul them in at the top of the table.

Sundowns remain in 10th position and now look a lot more assured of staying clear of the relegation battle just below them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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