MATCH CENTRE

MON 11 SEPTEMBER 2017, 18:00, GOBLE PARK STADIUM

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Tau double takes Sundowns to victory

by Graeme Jackson

Mon September 11, 20:01

Percy Tau scored a brace to see Mamelodi Sundowns defeat hosts Free State Stars 2-1 in an Absa Premiership match on Monday evening.

The victory at Goble Park Stadium takes the Brazilians up to third place on the log (level on points with Maritzburg United and Cape Town City), while Ea Lla Koto drop to second-last after a defeat in new coach Luc Eymael’s first game in charge.

Stars started brightly and created the first chance of the match in the 10th minute, with Katlego Mokhuoane cutting inside from the left before sending a low shot just wide of the near post.

Sundowns also had their moments in attack in the first half, with Leonardo Castro denied from a tight angle in the 22nd minute by a combination of goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangare and the upright.

The Brazilians also had a setback in their forward line when Liberian Anthony Laffor picked up an ankle injury. He tried to run it off, but was replaced on 29 minutes by Percy Tau.

Yet Tau’s introduction proved very fruitful for ‘Downs, with the young striker opening the scoring in the 44th minute with a fine strike direct from a free kick. The visitors led 1-0 at the interval.

And they should have doubled their advantage just five minutes into the second half. George Lebese whipped in a fine cross from a free kick to find Castro free in the box, but the Colombian put his glancing header wide.

Yet the second goal arrived on the hour mark and once again it was Tau who set the match alight. The substitute cut inside from the right flank, skipped past a couple of challenges and fired home a superb shot from just outside the ‘D’ of the penalty area.

Ea Lla Koto didn’t really threaten to get back in the game, though they sparked a few late fears in the Brazilians when Nhlanhla Vilakazi scored with a towering header deep in injury time. However, it was too little, too late for the home side.

Free State Stars (0) 1 (Vilakazi 90+4’)
Mamelodi Sundowns (1) 2 (Tau 44’ 60’)

Stars: Sangare, Mobbie, Masehe, Keita, Phungwayo, Mokhuoane, Vilakazi, Abubakar (Venter 62’), Hlubi (Anas 69’), Mthembu, Manqele (Jantjie 53’)

Sundowns: Brimah, Ngcongca, Madisha, Arendse, Hachi, Soumahoro, Manyisa (Mohomi 82’), Lebese, Vilakazi, Laffor (Tau 29’), Castro (Sekotlong 67’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH GOBLE PARK STADIUM
FREE STATE STARS GOALS MAMELODI SUNDOWNS GOALS
50. Nhlanhla Vilakazi (90 + 4') 22. Percy Tau (44')
22. Percy Tau (60')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 1
FREE STATE STARS STARTING LINEUP MAMELODI SUNDOWNS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
23
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
22
Defender
20
Defender
79'
2
Defender
3
29
29
Defender
6
Midfielder
62'
12
Midfielder
29'
28
Midfielder
90 + 4'
50
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
32
Midfielder
31'
69'
17
Midfielder
82'
0
Forward/Striker
53'
25
Midfielder
11
Forward/Striker
21
Forward/Striker
65'
67'
25
SUBSTITUTIONS
Sinethemba Jantjie
Midfielder
53'
11
Percy Tau
Midfielder
29'
22
Danny Venter
Forward/Striker
62'
8
Thokozani Sekotlong
Forward/Striker
67'
37
Mohammed Anas
Forward/Striker
69'
3
Lucky Mohomi
Midfielder
82'
16
CARDS
Sibusiso Hlubi
Midfielder
31'
17
Leonardo Castro
Forward/Striker
65'
25
Nyiko Mobbie
Defender
79'
2
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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