Tshwane derby talking points
Posted: 24 February 2018 Time: 07:55 pm
The Tshwane derby produced loads of action as SuperSport United edged rivals Mamelodi Sundowns at Lucas Moripe Stadium.
KickOff.com looks at the five talking points from the game which ended 1-1, thanks to goals from Thabo Mnyamane and Percy Tau.
1. Percy Tau is unstoppable
Tau was Sundowns’ best player on the night, making a nuisance of himself in the opposition half. He was full of running and set up Khama Billiat, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Themba Zwane, but none of these players buried their chances. He showed his team-mates how it’s done when he leveled matters in the final 15 minutes of the game.
2. Boateng had to go
The Matsatsantsa left-back was booked in the first half and was replaced by Onismor Bhasera at the start of the second half. He struggled to deal with the pace and trickery of Tau. Had he stayed on, the Ghanaian might have gone on to get sent off. Tinkler did well to take him off.
3. Onyango produces the goods
The Ugandan international produced a brilliant save in the 81st minute when he got down to his right side to deny defender Clayton Daniels, who had been set up by substitute Thuso Phala. Daniels picked his spot, but Onyango was just on top of his game. It's a save that earned Sundowns a point.
4. Khama struggles with injury again
Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane had his hopes pinned on the Zimbabwean forward but he had to go off early in the second half with an injury. Billiat was not his usual destructive self on the night as Matsatsantsa defenders kept a close eye on him. Mosimane will be hoping his star man will be available as soon as possible.
5. Rusike deserved a goal
Matsatsantsa’s Zimbabwean forward kept the Sundowns defence busy and should have extended his side’s lead in the second period when he struck the upright with a well-executed left footed shot. He felt hard done by when he was flagged for offside as he rounded Onyango after making a good run from the halfway line.