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Bidvest Wits draw with Mamelodi Sundowns

Posted: 13 March 2012 Time: 21:24

Bidvest Wits put a dent in Mamelodi Sundowns’ title hopes on Tuesday night by holding the log leaders to a 1-1 draw at Loftus Stadium.

Nyasha Mushekwi struck early for The Brazilians, but the Clever Boys claimed a draw thanks to a late equaliser from 17-year-old substitute Muhammed Patel.

Sundowns dominated the opening exchanges and it was no surprise when they took an 11th-minute lead through Mushekwi, who did well to tuck away a cross from Siyabonga Ngubane.

Wits recovered from the early set-back, though just before the half-hour mark they almost found themselves two goals down when Mushekwi got on the end of a cut-back from Lebohang Mokoena, but his header was well saved by Emille Baron.

Five minutes later Downs had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down when David de Oliveira bundled Mushekwi over in the 18-yard area without getting any kind of contact on the ball, but the referee waved away the home side’s appeals.

Just before the break Wayne Sandilands was called into his first significant action, making an excellent double save to keep out successive shots from De Oliveira and Sibusiso Vilakazi.

Early in the second half it was Baron’s turn to show his excellent reflexes as he turned away a powerful header from Clayton Daniels, who had got up highest to meet a Teko Modise free-kick.

Four minutes later De Oliveira was mere inches away from bringing Wits level, hitting a thundering drive from 25 yards out which came back off the crossbar.

On 72 minutes the hosts needed another great save from Sandilands to keep themselves in the ascendancy as he parried away a curling effort from Sibusiso Vilakazi before a follow-up shot was cleared off the goal line by Method Mwanjali.

Sundowns’ inability to find a second goal came back to haunt them in the final minute of regulation time when Patel scored from close range, turning home a rebound after Sandilands could only parry Daylon Appolis’ free-kick.

Sundowns thought they had snatched the win at the death when Katlego Mphela forced the ball into the back of the net, but he was flagged offside and the ‘goal’ was scratched off.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:25 am
Im happy even if Chiefs win their game we wil be a point ahead
posted: 11:35 am
Ag sies tog...
Yellow fever beat a bunch of 12year old pre-teen boys...wild celebrations follow...
A 17 year old adolescent boy scores against yellow fever...we see yellow people go beserk...

Talk about choking right in the middle of the race when the thought of Orlando Pirates struck them...

Ag sies tog...shame...
posted: 01:04 pm
Its amazing. That everything you write. Its about hw much you hate Pirates,which makes me hapy becoz tha shows how much demage it have coz in yor heart,an I advise u guys to stay by yo doctor'door so that he can catch u when u fall coz Ifor see many. Heat atacks coming ,shame u hate bucs you hates your soul
posted: 01:11 pm
Ayikho inkunzi eyelo,(there is no yelow bull,inkunnzi imnyama,ezimnyamangenkani ezagebhula umhlaba wendoda ,inkosi kayiqedwa usuyongiqedelela uma ukhumbulile,kunjani ukufutha?
posted: 05:03 pm

Undisputed Reigning SuperMultipleChamp Mopheme (( All Trophies )): 2012-03-14 09:50 [ Report ]
@Timitayol: Need we remind you that Pirates are reigning league champions,,, what do you mean by "äs if they have won the league already". Pirates is not looking to win the league but only defending it. Tell that to other uninformed from your camp..!

@ Unrespectful or whoever u are!
I thot u were clever, kanti u are f00l, just like ur jwelery thives from Mayfair, how do u defend the league?, answer: by winning the league! And that what im saying, bt i dont blame u, u are as st.u.pid as ur fellow donkeys!
posted: 09:41 pm
Sundowns defence is not good at all Mwanjale n Daniels are too quick to kick the ball away without checking where it is going and their passing is pathetic,the team doesnt look hungry enough.However Hlungwani was the winner on the night,he might have been right with Mphela's goal but most of his decision on the night left a lot to be desired.
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