Sundowns set new PSL record after victory against Stellenbosch

Sundowns set new PSL record after victory against Stellenbosch
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Mamelodi Sundowns set a new record for the longest unbeaten run in the DStv Premiership as they came from a goal down to beat Stellenbosch 3-1 on Wednesday.

The Champions have shown their class all through the previous seven games and it was expected especially with the manner that they have dominated PSL games this season.

Masandawana showed their class and desire after going a goal down to clinch another fantastic win despite the number of changes to the squad.

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How it happened between Sundowns and Stellenbosch

Devin Titus scored the game's opening goal after just 14 minutes, but a late first half surge from the hosts before the end of the first half made things happen.

Grant Kekana grabbed an equaliser for the champions before Aubrey Modiba then smashed home a beautiful freekick to give Sundowns a lead going into the break.

In the dying embers of the game, 16-year-old Siyabonga Mabena then got his name onto the scoresheet as he tapped in to complete the win. The youngster was set up by Peter Shalulile and did not miss the chance from a few yards out.

The win took Sundowns tally to eight wins out of their opening eight games this season and they are ten points clear of second placed Golden Arrows. 

Where does Sundowns' record stand

It was the Champions' 32nd unbeaten match in the league since they lost 2-1 to SuperSport United in September last year.

And it beats the previous record of 31 league games without a defeat set by Kaizer Chiefs between January and November 2005.

Additionally, the Masandawana also matched Chiefs’ PSL-era record of eight successive wins from the start of the season.

But it is still well short of the overall longest unbeaten record from the start of the season set by Chiefs, who won 17 successive games from the start of the 1991 season.

Meanwhile, since coach Rulani Mokwena became the outright head coach, Sundowns are yet to taste defeat. The win on Wednesday night took his unbeaten run to 28 games.

Sundowns vs Stellenbosch: Match statistics

A closer look at the match statistics provides insight into the dynamics of the game:

  • Shots: Sundowns attempted 14 shots compared to Stellenbosch's 4, indicating the home side's desire to get goals. 
  • Shots on Target: Sundowns took 5 on target, while Stellenbosch managed just two.
  • Possession: Sundowns had 66% compared to Stellenbosch 34%.
  • Attacks: Sundowns (78) may have scored three but the number of attacks was quite similar. Stellenbosch mustered 76 attacks. 
  • Fouls and Cards: The match was physically contested, with 12 fouls for Sundowns and 18 fouls for Stellenbosch. Both teams received yellow cards, Sundowns (2) and Stellenbosch (4).
  • Corners and offsides: Just four corners were recorded in the game with just one for Stellenbosch. Offside count finished two apiece. 

Mamelido Sundowns: 3-4-3

Gk: Pieterse

Defenders: Coetzee, Mvala, Zungu

Midfielders:Maseko, Kekana, Modiba, Lebusa

Forwards: Morena, Mendieta, Shalulile

Stellenbosch: 4-4-2

Gk: Stephens 

Defenders: Jurgens, Mcaba, Moloisane, Sibande

Midfielders: Ndull, Oura, Palace, Titus

Forwards: Mgaga, De Jong

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 weeks ago

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