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Clinical Maritzburg End Downs' Title Chances

Absa Premiership Report: Mamelodi Sundowns v Maritzburg United 17 May 2017

By Soccer Laduma - May 17, 2017 09:27 PM

Absa Premiership

Result: Mamelodi Sundowns 2-2 Maritzburg United

Date: 17 May 2017

Venue: Lucas Moripe Stadium

Mamelodi Sundowns' title hopes were dashed after they played out a 2-2 draw with Maritzburg United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.

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Maritzburg looked threatening early on, as Evans Rusike and Kurt Lentjies saw a lot of the ball in the opening 10 minutes.

Pitso Mosimane's charges, on the other hand, struggled initially, but started seeing more of the ball after 15 minutes although they were finding it tough to carve out chances.

However, Maritzburg took the lead in the 30 minute when an un-marked Brian Onyango sent a powerful header past Kennedy Mweene, following a corner from Deolin Mekoa.

Mosimane responded by withdrawing Bangaly Soumahoro for Thabo Nthethe for the final 10 minutes of the first half.

Nevertheless, the Team of Choice managed to withstand the pressure in the closing stages of the half and went into the break leading their Tshwane counterparts.

Sundowns controlled proceedings from the onset, but the game was interrupted by a number of stoppages in the opening 10 minutes.

The hosts were then dealt a blow on the hour mark when Khama Billiat was forced off with an injury. He was replaced by Anthony Laffor.

However, it was Maritzburg who doubled their lead in the 67th minute as Evans Rusike sent a superb chip over Mweene, after picking up the ball on the halfway line.

Hlompho Kekana nearly pulled a goal back in the 81st minute, but Virgil Vries produced a superb save to deny the Sundowns skipper.

Sundowns did a pull goal back in the 88th minute when substitute Yannick Zakri slotted past Virgil Vries from close range.

The hosts did pull another goal in stoppage time, as Zakri bagged his second after an error from Vries, however the score remained 2-2 at the full-time whistle.

The draw sees Sundowns remain in second spot, four points behind Bidvest Wits, who have been crowned champions with one game to go.

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Here's how they lined up:

Sundowns: 1. Mweene, 4. Langerman, 27. Morena, 29. Soumahoro (Nthethe 34'), 32. Madisha, 10. Modise, 13. Mabunda, 33. Billiat (Laffor 63'), 18. Zwane, 8. Kekana, 22. Tau.

Maritzburg: 30. Vries, 16. Fransman, 5. Weidlich, 2. Onyango (Sanoka 63'), 13. Makaringe, 19. Rusike, 37. Ndlovu, 26. Shandu, 15. Maboe, 29. Lentjies (Mokate 68'), 28. Mekoa.

 


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msiyana94 Joined: 24 Apr 2017
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msiyana94 May 21, 2017 09:08 AM
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papaz May 19, 2017 04:47 AM
chiefs ppl shame on you guys to support that team you need disprin,panado nd Grandpa in your pocket surelly it wil disappoint you.lets try big teams like wits,Downs nd pirates last option
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Juninho13 May 18, 2017 07:33 PM
Sundowns lost the title to a good team led by a good coach. Congrats to the students. They are the only big team from JHB
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Dee Moss May 18, 2017 06:48 PM
if sundowns win next game against highlands and chiefs beat wits, they going to be PSL champions.
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khosisi8@gmail.com May 18, 2017 02:13 PM
Dis Pitso must also complain about lat goal he scord aftr aded tim was over
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Hloni'mayeng2 May 18, 2017 01:02 PM
Thnk u vry much maritzbrg.. Long as downs are not champions i had a gr8 season
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Msentiago May 18, 2017 12:59 PM
@Downs4Sure You must have been good in History at school!!!
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Msentiago May 18, 2017 12:56 PM
@Downs4Sure Let's not talk HISTORY BABA, let's leave the past in the past. Bottom line is WIts took it like taking candy from a baby!!
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Maluleka+Parker+Paez==MaPaPa May 18, 2017 10:04 AM
Hard luck jingles u lost it my coach...let's c wat ur warriors will do next season
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Downs4Sure May 18, 2017 09:41 AM
and by the way... Downs won the CCL and the Supa cup during the PSL 2016/17 season.
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Downs4Sure May 18, 2017 09:40 AM
All you monkeys can talk all you want. Downs is still currently the best team in Africa. The only trophies missing for Downs are makhufe and carling black label cups.
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Downs4Sure May 18, 2017 09:38 AM
Mamelodi Sundowns (1997/98), (1998/99), (1999/00), (2005/06), (2006/07), (2013/14),(2015/16)
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Backdoor lucky star May 18, 2017 09:30 AM
Last season you won the ccl by negotiations at the backdoor and then go to Japan to embarrass yourself, when you come back you claimed to be african champ.to be a big club you need to work hard,there is a different between a rich club and a big club
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khosiological May 18, 2017 09:27 AM
dunu, khosi n rats are trophy-less
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khosiological May 18, 2017 09:25 AM
dunu, khosi n rats are trophy-less
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khosiological May 18, 2017 09:24 AM
dunu, khosi n rats are trophy-less
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Xolisa{khosificated} May 18, 2017 09:18 AM
I rather watch chiefs doing guard of honours for Wits than watching Kekana's dirty hands near the PSL trophy...
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Backdoor lucky star May 18, 2017 09:10 AM
@vijjox that's why they call themselves "chloordom kops"they are still counting last season's achievement
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tshwedi81 May 18, 2017 09:05 AM
Sundowns won the league
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mpendulo_mthethwa May 18, 2017 09:03 AM
People are so strange, they're actually hiding their sorrows n hurt brought by their teams by laughing at Sundowns mxm, get a life chips n rats we still have a tangible trophy to play for...

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