MATCH CENTRE

WED 10 MAY 2017, 19:30, LOFTUS VERSVELD STADIUM

2
VS
2

Sundowns held at home by Baroka

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wed May 10, 21:18

Mamelodi Sundowns conceded a late goal to draw 2-2 with Baroka FC at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday night and miss out on the chance to move to the top of the Absa Premiership.

The Brazilians looked on course to leapfrog Bidvest Wits, who lost 3-1 at Free State Stars, but a late spot kick converted by Richard Matloga earned the Limpopo side a valuable point in their fight against relegation.

Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele started on a high as they pushed their hosts’ defence, but they were denied by the lanky goalkeeper Denis Onyango.

However, Billiat netted easily for the hosts in the sixth minute when he finished from the goal line after a dangerous cross down the right through Thapelo Morena.

Just after the 15th minute, the hosts dictated the terms on the park as Billiat, Morena and Themba Zwane combined in the box, yet Zwane's effort sailed wide.

The Premier Soccer League newcomers looked threatening in the 20th minute as Maboke Mtlakala's clever header nearly hurt Onyango, but he was ruled offside.

Eight minutes later, Milton Dlamini's men took the game to Sundowns and Matlakala's powerful header aiming for the top corner in the box was dealt with by Onyango.

The last five minutes saw Sundowns putting pressure on Baroka’s defence, and they stumbled as keeper Oscarine Masuluke failed to clear Mahashe's back pass to gift the hosts their second goal.

However, in the injury time, Baroka pulled one back through Mahashe's powerful header, resulting from a corner on the right - 2-1 at half time.

The return from the tunnel saw the Limpopo-based side enjoying the ball possession, yet they failed to trouble Onyango and his defence.

Sundowns looked shaky at the back and Baroka continued to pile pressure towards the 70th minute and Matlakala saw his header going over the crossbar.

Substitute Anthony Laffor made an immediate impact in the 73rd minute when he set up Billiat in the box - the Zimbabwean beat his marker, yet his final shot sailed wide.

In the last 10 minutes, Baroka pushed for an equaliser and in the end the defending champions also attacked as Laffor hit the side of the net in the 88th minute.

Exactly in the 90th minute, Morena was adjudged to have handled the ball and the referee pointed to the spot.

Substitute Matloga found the back of the net as he beat Onyango on his left corner, making it 2-2 and both sides walked away with a point apiece.

Mamelodi Sundowns (1) 2 (Billiat 06', Mahashe 45' og)
Baroka FC (1) 2 (Mahashe 45', Matloga 90')

Mamelodi Sundowns: Onyango, Mashaba (Hachi 46'), Morena, Nthethe, Madisha, Zakri (Laffor 71'), Mabunda (Soumahoro 61'), Billiat, Zwane, Kekana, Tau

Baroka FC: Masuluke, Mahashe, Kgoetyane, Shaku, Madubanya, Garcia (Moeti 90'), Munetsi, Masenamela, Letsoalo, Kunene (Matloga 79'), Matlakala

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH LOFTUS VERSVELD STADIUM
MAMELODI SUNDOWNS GOALS BAROKA FC GOALS
3. Mahashe Mzwanele (45') (OG) 3. Mahashe Mzwanele (45')
33. Khama Billiat (6') 12. Richard Matloga (90')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
MAMELODI SUNDOWNS STARTING LINEUP BAROKA FC STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
36
Goalkeeper
30
Defender
2
Defender
45'
45'
3
Midfielder
8
Defender
0
Midfielder
6'
33
Defender
2
Midfielder
32
Defender
28
Midfielder
46'
19
Defender
6
Midfielder
22
Midfielder
3
Midfielder
27
Midfielder
17'
79'
36
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
90'
0
Midfielder
61'
13
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
71'
24
SUBSTITUTIONS
Fares Hachi
Defender
46'
0
Richard Matloga
Midfielder
79'
12
Soumahoro Bangaly
Defender
61'
29
Sipho Moeti
Midfielder
90'
21
Anthony Laffor
Midfielder
71'
28
CARDS
Mxolisi Kunene
Midfielder
17'
36
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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