South African youngster Siyanda Xulu came through a tough test on Sunday
Posted: 19 November 2012 Time: 9:49 am
South African youngster Siyanda Xulu came through a tough test on Sunday as his FC Rostov side held Russian Premier League title hopefuls Anzhi Makhachkala to a 0-0 draw away from home.
Xulu was restored to the starting line-up for Rostov after a month out with a thigh injury and managed to keep Cameroon legend Samuel Eto'o quiet for an excellent away point.
It was the biggest match so far for Xulu since his move from Mamelodi Sundowns at the start of September and will be a big boost to his confidence.
Ayanda Patosi was kept scoreless by Germinal Beerschot as he played the full 90 minutes for Lokeren in their 1-0 win on Sunday, a result that moves them up to third in the table. It ends a run of four successive matches in which the 20-year-old had netted for his club.
Lokeren are four points behind leaders Anderlecht, who beat Darren Keet's Kortrijk 1-0, while on Saturday Anele Ngcongca was rested for Genk's 3-1 loss at Cercle Brugge after returning from South Africa feeling under the weather.
Bafana skipper Bongani Khumalo played as PAOK saw their title hopes take a knock when they were beaten 2-0 at Panathinaikos. They remain in second but now trail leaders Olympiakos by eight points.
Kagisho Dikgacoi's Crystal Palace beat Derby County 3-0 on Saturday - ‘KG' again playing the full game for his side despite his heavy travel schedule to and from South Africa for the game with Zambia. Palace remain top of the Championship and unbeaten in 14 matches.
Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United) and Davide Somma (Leeds United) remain sidelined with injury, while Dean Furman was suspended for Oldham Athletic in League One. Darren Holden played for Hartlepool, though he might have wished he hadn't as they lost 5-0 at home to Coventry City.
Steven Pienaar played for Everton in their 2-1 loss at Reading, while Andrew Surman was again missing for Norwich City as they stunned Manchester United 1-0.
Ricardo Nunes also suffered disappointment as his Slovakian side Zilina lost 1-0 to Ružomberok to slip to fourth and seven points behind Slovan Bratislava, while Dani Amos' Israeli champions Ironi Kiryat Shmona lost 1-0 at home to Hapoel Tel Aviv.
Dino Ndlovu will be in action for Maccabi Haifa on Monday night.
Finally, Kamohelo Moktojo was again missing for Feyenoord as they beat Willem II 3-0.