MATCH CENTRE

SAT 21 MAY 2016, 15:00, LUCAS MORIPE STADIUM

1
VS
0

Brazilians end on a high

by BackPageTXT

Sat May 21, 17:12

Mamelodi Sundowns brought their triumphant 2015/16 Absa Premiership season to a close with a 1-0 win over Platinum Stars at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday.

The champions’ victory sees them end with two records: a haul of 71 points (for a 16-team PSL season) and a lead of 14 points at the end of the season over second-placed Bidvest Wits. Both marks eclipse the previous records set by Kaizer Chiefs last season.

Sundowns dominated the opening period of the match and were rewarded midway through the first half when Khama Billiat ran onto a long pass from Keagan Dolly, cut inside a couple of defenders and provided a cool finish past Mbongeni Mzimela to make it 1-0 to the hosts.

The Brazilians were able to hold onto their advantage up to the half time mark and head into the break with the ascendancy very much in their favour. Stars made two changes early in the second half in an attempt to boost their attacking midfield ranks, with Sibusiso Msomi and Robert Ng’ambi both being introduced off the bench.

However, ‘Downs remained in charge of the match and looked the likelier scorers, though the end-of-season atmosphere meant they didn’t push as hard for further goals as they normally would have.

The closest Dikwena claimed to an equaliser was when Thabo Nthethe was penalised for a hand-ball in the 18-yard box. Ndumiso Mabena took the spot kick, but saw his effort well saved by the ‘Downs goalkeeper.

Despite the defeat, Platinum Stars finished third on the Absa Premiership log and qualify for the CAF Confederation Cup next year.

Mamelodi Sundowns (1) 1 (Billiat 23’)
Platinum Stars 0

Sundowns: Onyango, Mphahlele, Nthethe, Arendse, Langerman, Kekana, Dolly, Mabunda, Laffor (Modise 54’), Castro (Mashego 82’), Billiat (Malajila 90+1’)

Stars: Mzimela, Mere, Sithole, Gumede, Gwabeni, Kodisang (Segolela 68’), Mathe, Madubanya (Ng’ambi 57’), Zulu, Mabena, Rodgers (Msomi 62’)

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MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH LUCAS MORIPE STADIUM
MAMELODI SUNDOWNS GOALS PLATINUM STARS GOALS
20. Khama Billiat (23')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
MAMELODI SUNDOWNS STARTING LINEUP PLATINUM STARS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
36
Goalkeeper
32
16
Defender
5
Defender
4
Defender
4
Defender
66'
2
Defender
22
Defender
6
Defender
2
Midfielder
54'
28
Midfielder
8
Forward/Striker
62'
9
Midfielder
7
Forward/Striker
68'
18
Midfielder
23'
90 + 1'
20
Forward/Striker
57'
3
Midfielder
13
Forward/Striker
10
Forward/Striker
82'
25
Forward/Striker
28
SUBSTITUTIONS
Teko Modise
Midfielder
54'
10
Robert Ngambi
Midfielder
57'
22
Katlego Mashego
Forward/Striker
82'
53
Sibusiso Msomi
Midfielder
62'
0
Cuthbert Malajila
Forward/Striker
90 + 1'
27
Tlou Segolela
Midfielder
68'
23
CARDS
Thabo Nthethe
Defender
66'
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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