MATCH CENTRE

WED 27 APRIL 2016, 17:30, CAPE TOWN STADIUM

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Ajax hold title-chasing Sundowns

by BackPageTXT

Wed April 27, 19:35

Ajax Cape Town put a dent in Mamelodi Sundowns’ title hopes by holding the visitors to a goalless draw at Athlone Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The Brazilians now lead second-placed Bidvest Wits by only four points and appear to be flagging as the end of a long and hard season approaches, having also exited the CAF Champions League and Nedbank Cup within the last week.

Sundowns struggled to get their passing game going in the first half, and it was the home side which dominated as a result.

Ajax should have claimed the lead in the 11th minute when Erwin Issacs provided a low cross to give Prince Nxumalo a great chance, but he was brilliantly denied by goalkeeper Denis Onyango.

Just past the half hour mark the Urban Warriors again missed out on a glaring opportunity, with Isaacs somehow missing the target from close range with a virtual open goal at his mercy.

Sundowns’ first notable chance only arrived late in the first half when a Khama Billiat cross allowed Leonardo Castro to get ahead of his marker in the box, but his header failed to trouble Anssi Jaakola.

Long-range specialist Hlompho Kekana almost gave ‘Downs the lead in injury time before the interval, firing a fearsome shot direct from a free kick but the woodwork came to Ajax’s rescue.

Sundowns threatened again only in the 72nd minute, with Bangaly Soumahoro getting a header on target from a corner kick and forcing Jaakkola into a fine diving save.

That chance sparked both teams into life for the remainder of the match, and chances were created at either end though it was the Brazilians who looked the likelier scorers as the full time whistle approached.

However, the match finished in a goalless stalemate, with Ajax left to reflect on their missed chances in the first half, while the Brazilians – given their mounting injury list and hectic schedule – may well consider this a point won rather than two lost.

Ajax Cape Town 0
Mamelodi Sundowns 0

Ajax: Jaakkola, Mabaso, Coetzee, Lartey, Lebusa, Mdabuka, Graham, Morris, Mzwakali (Cale 81’), Isaacs (Losper 66’), Nxumalo (Paulse 74’)

Sundowns: Onyango, Mphahlele, Arendse, Nthethe, Langerman, Soumahoro, Kekana, T. Zwane (Laffor 89’), Dolly, Castro (Mashaba 76’), Billiat

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MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH CAPE TOWN STADIUM
AJAX CAPE TOWN GOALS MAMELODI SUNDOWNS GOALS
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 1
AJAX CAPE TOWN STARTING LINEUP MAMELODI SUNDOWNS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
32
Goalkeeper
36
Defender
73'
2
16
Defender
45 + 1'
26
29
Defender
5
Defender
4
Defender
3
Defender
2
Midfielder
81'
11
Defender
6
Midfielder
66'
20
Midfielder
21'
8
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
6
Midfielder
89'
18
Forward/Striker
74'
15
Forward/Striker
76'
25
SUBSTITUTIONS
Toriq Losper
Midfielder
66'
10
Mzikayise Mashaba
Midfielder
76'
19
Nathan Paulse
Forward/Striker
74'
29
Anthony Laffor
Midfielder
89'
28
Franklin Cale
Midfielder
81'
24
CARDS
Lawrence Lartey
Defender
45 + 1'
26
Hlompho Kekana
Midfielder
21'
8
Abel Mabaso
Defender
73'
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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