MATCH CENTRE

SUN 09 NOVEMBER 2014, 15:00, ROYAL BAFOKENG STADIUM

1
VS
0

Sundowns sent packing by Stars

by Staff Reporter

Sun November 09, 17:43

Platinum Stars sent Mamelodi Sundowns packing from the Telkom Knockout competition on Sunday afternoon.

A single goal from Eleazar Rodgers five minutes into the second half handed Stars a 1-0 win over the Brazilians in the semifinal of the South African cup competition.

Stars will now be afforded a chance to defend the cup they won last year when they take on SuperSport United in the final of the Telkom Knockout.

SuperSport earned their place in the final of the competition with a 2-0 win over Orlando Pirates on Saturday night.

Sundowns, though, only have themselves to blame as they dominated the possession stakes, but failed to break down a resolute Stars defence.

The best chance of the opening half fell to Khama Billiat in thy dying seconds of the stanza when Ramahlwe Mphahlele picked out the diminutive Zimbabwean, but he somehow directed his header wide of Siyabonga Mpontshane’s goal from point-blank range.

Rodgers made Sundowns pay for the missed chances five minutes into the second half when he opened the scoring after breaking through on goal and procuring a clinical finish to beat the keeper, 1-0.

Sundowns controlled the match after that, but could not find the equaliser and their afternoon got even worse when Tebogo Langerman was handed his second yellow card three minutes from time.

Speaking after the match, Stars coach Allan Freese expressed his delight in beating Sundowns.

“We came out strong in the second half and I am happy about that, but first and foremost I am happy for the team and the boys, for the supporters, for the club that we have made it to another final,” said Freese.

“It gives us the opportunity to defend our cup.

“We are looking forward to the final now.”

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
SEMI FINALS ROYAL BAFOKENG STADIUM
PLATINUM STARS GOALS MAMELODI SUNDOWNS GOALS
9. Eleazar Rodgers (50')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3 2 1
PLATINUM STARS STARTING LINEUP MAMELODI SUNDOWNS STARTING LINEUP
Defender
26
Goalkeeper
36
Defender
27
Defender
33
Defender
83'
2
16
Midfielder
26
Defender
54'
88'
4
Midfielder
33'
31
Defender
2
Midfielder
90 + 2'
22
Midfielder
56'
7
Midfielder
28
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
85'
14
Midfielder
42'
73'
20
Forward/Striker
50'
89'
9
Midfielder
56'
23
Forward/Striker
59'
10
Midfielder
10
Forward/Striker
27
SUBSTITUTIONS
Marothi Diale
Midfielder
59'
0
Mame Niang
Forward/Striker
56'
29
Mahlatsi Makudubela
Midfielder
85'
34
Ejike Uzoenyi
Midfielder
56'
15
Sibusiso Msomi
Midfielder
90 + 2'
3
Katlego Mashego
Forward/Striker
73'
53
CARDS
Luvolwethu Mpeta
Midfielder
33'
31
Khama Billiat
Midfielder
42'
20
Vuyo Mere
Defender
83'
2
Tebogo Langerman
Defender
54'
4
Eleazar Rodgers
Forward/Striker
89'
9
Tebogo Langerman
Defender
88'
4
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
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