MATCH CENTRE

SAT 08 AUGUST 2015, 20:15, ROYAL BAFOKENG STADIUM

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‘Downs and Stars tie in goalless draw

by Staff Reporter

Sat August 08, 22:36

Mamelodi Sundowns and Platinum Stars started their Absa Premiership season by sharing a point each as they played to a goalless draw at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Saturday night.

Mamelodi Sundowns started the match on a high note, creating pressure on Stars, but they just couldn’t convert.

Going to the half hour mark Platinum Stars started getting into the game and it was Masibusane Zongo who displayed entertaining football for his side.

In the 39th minute Bongi Ntuli almost found a lead for Stars but his ground shot missed the target just inches away.

In the dying minutes of the first half, Sundowns came back hard on Stars as they were attacking in numbers.

In the second half it was Stars that started on a high note, dominating the match as they kept Sundowns on their toes.

In the 57th minute ‘Downs caught a wake up and started attacking again, but Platinum Stars goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela was well alert.

Khama Billiat also tried his luck, pulling a shot to Mzimela’s first pole but the KZN keeper took a dive and made a stop.

Abduol Razak, who had not found his break yet in this match, attempted with a header but it went over the crossbar.

In the additional minutes Sundowns came close to stealing the full points, but Mzimela made a brilliant save to ensure that both teams claimed a point each.

Platinum Stars: Mbongeni Mzimela, S'boniso Gumede, Siyabonga Zulu, Isaac Nhlapo, Vuyo Mere, Letladi Madubanya, Masibusane Zongo (Mduduzi Nyanda 79’), Sibusiso Msomi, Mahlatsi Makudubela (Tlou Segolela 63’), Ndumiso Mabena, Bongi Ntuli (Eleazar Rodgers 63’)

Mamelodi Sundowns: Kennedy Mweene, Thabo Nthethe, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Themba Zwane (Cuthbert Malajila 77’), Mzikayise Mashaba, Bongani Zungu, Fiston Razak Abdul (Anthony Laffor 83’), Teko Modise, Hlompho Kekana (Mogakolodi Ngele 64’), Khama Billiat, Asavela Mbekile

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ROYAL BAFOKENG STADIUM
PLATINUM STARS GOALS MAMELODI SUNDOWNS GOALS
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
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PLATINUM STARS STARTING LINEUP MAMELODI SUNDOWNS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
32
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
25
16
Defender
4
Defender
2
Defender
22
Midfielder
5
Defender
2
Midfielder
34
Midfielder
14'
79'
0
Midfielder
64'
8
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
20
Forward/Striker
63'
9
Midfielder
19
Forward/Striker
75'
3
Midfielder
10
Forward/Striker
10
Midfielder
77'
18
SUBSTITUTIONS
Tlou Segolela
Midfielder
63'
23
Mogakolodi Ngele
Midfielder
64'
11
Eleazar Rodgers
Forward/Striker
63'
9
Cuthbert Malajila
Forward/Striker
77'
27
CARDS
Masibusane Zongo
Midfielder
14'
0
Letladi Madubanya
Forward/Striker
75'
3
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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