The Absa Premiership saw Bloemfontein Celtic fall 1-0 at home to Mamelodi Sundowns at the Free State Stadium on Sunday. Hlompo Kekana went for an early goal approach almost catching the keeper off guard. After 10 minutes Sundowns had more ball possessions but were yet to create a clear chance let alone a goal.
A first real shot at goal for Celtic came as Lerato Lamola fired a powerful shot but Kennedy Mweene was there to make the save. Bevan Fransman was booked in the 21st minute for back chatting. Wandisile Letlabika tried his luck from long range but his shot went wide.
Cuthbert Malajila managed to control the ball well inside the box and turned to shoot. Patrick Tignyemb was there to pick the ball up. Come half-time both teams were yet to score.
An early booking went to Alfred Ndengane after a late tackle on Teko Modise. Modise fired a shot but narrowly missed. Downs managed to put pressure in terms of corners but nothing came of it.
Ndengane was shown a second yellow card which saw Celtic reduced to 10 men. A defencive error by Phunya Sele Sele saw them punished. The 73rd minute saw Elias Pelembe tap the ball into the back of the net.
A miscommunication between Letlabika and Tignyem resulted in the team mates getting physical with each other. Full-time arrived with the Brazilians still in front and taking all three points back to Pretoria.