Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns were made to pay for missing a number of good first-half chances as they were held 1-1 by a gutsy Free State Stars in Wednesday's Absa Premiership clash at Loftus Versveld.
As it happened: Mamelodi Sundowns v Free State Stars
The hosts came out of the blocks quickly with high-tempo passing and
it wouldn't be long before they hit the front through Percy Tau in the fourth
After clever inter-play saw Leandro Sirino find space in the area on
the penalty spot, his deft touch set up a sitter for Tau, who curled
home impressively with his left foot.
It was an open game and Jeremy Brockie missed a gilt-edged opportunity to
open his account for the Brazilians around the half-an-hour mark.
Khama Billiat pulled the ball out of the air brilliantly on the
left-hand side, he played in Brockie, who rolled his strike wide when he
should have scored.
Brockie did little wrong a few minutes later
when he peeled away at the far post and headed accurately toward the far
post. However, Sangare produced a magnificent fingertip save diving to
As the half drew to a close, Ea Lla Koto missed their best chance of
the clash when Harris Tchilimbou was free in the area, although his
glancing header was tame when he may have done better.
Just before the break, Brockie sprung the offside trap on the
left-hand side and he once again forced Badra Sangare into an excellent tip
over the bar.
After the interval, Stars came out with renewed energy and leveled
matters through Siphelele Mthembu in the 53rd minute.
From a fine burst by
Tchilimbou on the right, he found the big striker, who finished at the
second attempt after a fine initial block by Motjeka Madisha.
Both clubs struggled to create many more clear openings in the second
stanza, though Tiyani Mabunda fired a powerful shot from distance just
after the hour mark which the excellent Sangare once more clawed behind
In the closing stages Aubrey Ngoma found space in the area from a
cross on the right, yet the diminutive winger saw his flicked header
flash wide when a better contact may have resulted in the winner.
At the death, the visitors were denied a legitimate penalty as
Nhlanhla Vilakazi was clearly hauled down by goalkeeper Denis Onyango
but nothing was given by referee Thando Ndzandzeka.