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University of Pretoria Mamelodi Sundowns PSL report

Posted: 13 December 2014 Time: 14:49

Mamelodi Sundowns were slowed down in their pursuit of log leaders Kaizer Chiefs following a 1-1 Absa Premiership draw against University of Pretoria at Tuks Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

In a game of two halves, the home side dominated the first half and scored through Thabo Mnyamane, but the Brazilians ruled the second half and found an equaliser through Khama Billiat.

With both line-ups unchanged, AmaTuks made their intentions clear from the very start as Vuyisile Ntombayithethi forced a fine save from Kennedy Mweene, though Downs really should have been ahead on six minutes.

Teko Modise's free-kick was tipped onto the crossbar and fell perfectly for Billiat, but from less than two meters out he hit the woodwork, though Washtington Arubi may have got a touch.

From there it was all the home side, though that was as much the product of their own good play as it was the Brazilians' woeful defending.

Ntombayithethi should have scored when he was put in on goal on 15 minutes but, caught he in two minds, he dragged his shot wide.

Geoffrey Massa then volleyed just over from the edge of the area, Atusaye Nyondo followed suit from 25 yards out, before Massa was played in and tried to chip Mweene, but the ball sailed wide.

Mnyamane then tested Mweene with a pile-driver which was tipped around the post, but the Tuks man soon had his goal. It came on 37 minutes when he buried from close range after the Sundowns goalie could only parry Massa's free-kick straight at him.

Mnyamane should have had his brace straight after when he was one-on-one, but he dragged his shot across the face of goal.

Arubi then produced a fine save to keep out Billiat's free-kick, before Cuthbert Malajila was bundled over in the box, only for referee Thabo Nkosi to wave play on.

Whatever Pitso Mosimane said to his players at halftime seemed to do the trick as they came out a completely different side.

The equaliser came almost straight away - Billiat with the easiest of taps-ins after being set up by Malajila. It was the young playmaker's fourth goal in as many games.

Downs had the ball in the back of the net soon after through Malajila, who bundled it over the line after Modise struck the woodwork with another free-kick, but he was offside.

The shots continued to rain in on Arubi's goal, with first substitute Anthony Laffor heading wide from a right-wing cross, before Themba Zwane hit the sweetest of volleys, but it sailed just wide.

Then yet another contender for miss of the season on 74 minutes. Laffor burst down the right and picked out Malajila with a pin-point cross, only for the Zimbabwean to skew his shot wide from right in front.

Sundowns continued to push for the winning goal, but in the end they had to settle for a share of the spoils, stretching their unbeaten run to 11 games.

HOME: University of Pretoria

Coach: Sammy Troughton
Formation: four four two

AWAY: Mamelodi Sundowns

Coach: Pitso Mosimane
Formation: four two three one

Livefyre comments on this story...

shlalo wezihlalo
posted: 2014-12-13 12:58:26

Those who missed pitso crying after a match, make sure u watch this one. I'm telling u, u will b very much entertained, this is yo time's worth, useshilo ke ushlalo wezihlalo

Skhomo23
posted: 2014-12-13 13:06:12

I like consistency in the starting line up, just disappointed that Mokoena makes the bench ahead of Kudawashe Mahachi, we need to see more of this boy and Nomandela

nanguyellow
posted: 2014-12-13 13:14:27

Sihlalo uzokhaliswa yini uPitso?

Lewandoski
posted: 2014-12-13 13:24:09

Thabo Ntethe is in the starting line up, I see an easy goal for Tuks...

Ambitious_Khosi
posted: 2014-12-13 13:35:36

Small teams,in a small stadium.

Strong dunu line up by the way.Go for it,Tuks!

Ambitious_Khosi
posted: 2014-12-13 13:36:40

LoL is he that porous?

Ambitious_Khosi
posted: 2014-12-13 13:37:54

Billiat,what a waster of clear-cut chances.Cowish tendencies

Lewandoski
posted: 2014-12-13 13:41:06

@Ambitious_Khosi. He is a Freeway. Uyashelela.

irvin khozajnr
posted: 2014-12-13 13:47:08

Guys it is true that teko modise he's bankrupt hayi ngeke

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-12-13 13:50:11

Focus on his skills on the field baba uyeke ama tabloit papers

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-12-13 13:51:32

Only 10 comments....

9 from Bucs and Chiefs supporters...

Whats wrong with Sundowns fans....?

Lewandoski
posted: 2014-12-13 13:57:22

They can see banukelwa induku!!!

Lewandoski
posted: 2014-12-13 14:09:06

Thabo Mnyamane. Asha amadamu anamanzi!!! #It Is Still Early...

Juda Scaliot
posted: 2014-12-13 14:11:50

Impressive how Pretoria University skin the Sunflops defence. Actually 1 - 0 is not a true reflection of the proceeding. Tuks had better opportunities

mampintsha
posted: 2014-12-13 14:12:56

Imnandi le defence ye dunusa!

thebigbucs
posted: 2014-12-13 14:15:23

tjo this ref must be a zebbras fan.....signclows are be robbed at broad daylight here

ZeeMan
posted: 2014-12-13 14:15:33

funny how sunflops want 65 points....but honestly speaking the ref is not very friendly to the skhothanes

Dee FanatiK
posted: 2014-12-13 14:16:03

My team is very WEAK. They look tired and confused. MXM!

Chief Murphy
posted: 2014-12-13 14:18:26

Lol yhooo dawana kwaks..

BIG UP TUKS

KiloEcho
posted: 2014-12-13 14:21:54

It's still early 

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