Celtic dent Sundowns' title hopes

Bloemfontein Celtic crushed league holders Mamelodi Sundowns 5-0 in an Absa Premiership encounter at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Wednesday evening in what was arguably the surprise result of the season.

Having seen Kaizer Chiefs beat AmaTuks on Tuesday evening, Sundowns had to win if they were to keep their title chances alive, but that was not the case with the Brazilians under siege from the opening minute in a game which saw 'Downs reduced to 10 men within the half-hour.

Frank Mhango grabbed a brace while there were also goals from Thapelo Morena, Lerato Lamola and Musa Nyatama.

Onyango received his marching orders in the 24th minute following a foul on Lamola.

The Brazilians got off to the worst possible start with Lamola opening the scoring for visitors before a minute had passed.

A mistake at the back let in Musa Nyatama on the left flank, the midfielder's cross was parried by Onyango and into the path of Lamola who tapped in for his 11th goal of the season.

Things went from bad to worse for the title holders with Mhango doubling Siwelele's lead in the ninth minute. The Malawi international beat the offside trap before rounding Onyango and striking the ball into an empty net.

Sundowns managed their first attempt on target in the 14th minute, Teko Modise's curling free-kick well kept out by a diving Patrick Tignyemb.

Celtic threatened to increase their lead with Mhango, Lamola and Nyatama deadly on the counter for the visitors with only Alje Schut's block preventing a third before the 20th minute.

Pitso Mosimane must a thought the worst was behind his team, but Uganda shot stopper Onyango saw red in the 24th minute following a foul on Lamola outside his penalty area.

Despite their man disadvantage, Sundowns dominated possession with Hlompho Kekana and Khama Billiat seeing their respective efforts sail over Tignyemb crossbar before the break. The Brazilians with it all to do in the second-half.

Phunya Sele Sele continued their onslaught following the interval with Morena finding their third five minutes into the second stanza. The Celtic wide man hitting Keegan Ritchie's cross passed a helpless Kennedy Mweene.

Musa Nyatama made it 4-0 for Celtic with a shot from outside the area in the 54th minute before Mhango completed his brace three minutes later.

Mukuka Mulenga set-up the speedy striker who headed passed Mweene to complete a rampant seven minute spell by Clinton Larsen's troops.

The damage threatened to increase with Celtic missing a flurry of chances in the final half-hour, but five goals was enough to condemn Sundowns to one of their worst defeats in the passed decade.

The defeat see's Sundowns remain 13 points behind the Amakhosi while the win cements fifth spot for Siwelele.

Mamelodi Sundowns (0) 0

Bloemfontein Celtic (2) 5 (Lamola 1', Mhango 9'+57', Morena 50', Nyatama 54')

Sundowns: Onyango; S.Zwane, Mphahlele, Schut, Mashaba, Kekana, Modise, T.Zwane (Mweene 26'), Tau (Mbatha 55'), Billiat, Malajila (Zungu 55')

Celtic: Tignyemb; Letlabika, Bilankulu, Fransman, Ritchie, Morena (Zuma 68'), Ndengane, Buchanan (Ntanga 81'), Nyatama, Lamola (Mulenga 52'), Mhango