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Santos Record Another Draw 24/09/05
Santos played to a lukewarm 0-0 draw with Mamelodi Sundowns in their Castle Premiership enconter at Athlone Stadium on Saturday.

The windy Cape weather made it difficult for both teams to play their natural games.

The force of nature controlled most of the match and although the Brazilians dominated the first half, the strikers could not convert the few chances they had.

Sundowns first real chance came in the 17th minute when Jose Torrelba missed a good chance after Vuyo Mere had cross into the box. Goalkeeper Wayne Roberts easily dealt with Torrelbas scuffed shot.

Sundowns midfield schemer in chief, Esrom Nyandoro then struck a long range shot over the bar after David Kannemeyer had made him a good pass.

Santos' first chance came in the 34th minute when striker Carlo Scott beat goalkeeper Brain Baloyi with a header. But Muisa Ongao could not will the ball into the back of the net.

The second period saw Santos, who were playing into the wind, come close to grabbing a winner, but Sundowns' Baloyi was superb on the day and made a great save to deny Robben Cloete.

In the 72 minute the industrious Clement Mazibuko connected with Surprise Moriri but his long range strike missed the bar by a few inches.

Cloete nearly wrapped it for Santos in the 89th minute when he fired over the bar what could have been a decider. He had received a precise pass from Marc Ithier who had mesmerized Benson Mhlongo just outside the box.

This was Santos' fourth consecutive league draw and Coach Roger de Sa told SABC Sport: "We are getting the chances but we can't put them away, but I think a draw against Sundowns isn't a bad result."

By Olebile Sikwane

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