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PSL Telkom Knockout: Platinum Stars vs Mamelodi Sundowns

Posted: 9 November 2014 Time: 14:43

Platinum Stars reached their second consecutive Telkom Knockout Final after edging Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 in their semi-final on Sunday afternoon.

Eleazar Rodgers scored the only goal of the game five minutes after half-time to set up a 2014 Final against SuperSport United after they beat Orlando Pirates 2-0 on Saturday night.

There were no goals in the first half of a hot and sweaty semi-final at Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

Teko Modise tried his luck from about 35 yards out early on but it was well wide of new Bafana Bafana call-up Siyabonga Mpontshane's goal.

Stars fashioned their first chance five minutes later following some neat football from the left to the right of the field, Vuyo Mere eventually finding Robert Ng'ambi in the area and his deft turn and shot going straight to Denis Onyango.

Cuthbert Malajila had a half-chance after 15 minutes when Ramahlwe Mphahlele crossed from the right. Mpontshane came out to claim and didn't win it, but did enough to put the striker off as he could only head over.

It was good, open game with both sides playing neat pass-and-move football despite the heat in Phokeng, both sides needing a water break after 23 minutes of play.

On 30 minutes there were half-hearted claims for a Sundowns penalty when Thabo Nthethe got up to head a short corner goalward, but Tshepo Gumede blocked the attempt with his head, with the ricochet hitting his hand, although it would have been a very harsh penalty call as his back was turned.

The Brazilians then found some space down the right as Nthethe's ball forward found Malajila in space. The Zimbabwean found Mozambican attacker Elias Pelembe in the area with a cut-back, but desperate defending from Stars managed to clear the danger.

The game became more end-to-end towards the end of the first half, with quick counters the order of the day. However, both defences were well organised, not allowing any dangerous attacks to flourish.

Just before the break Khama Billiat had a gilt-edged chance to give his side the lead but headed wide from just four yards out with an open goal at his mercy. Mphahlele's cross from the right seemed to dip on him at the last second, but he still should have scored.

The second half started with a bang for Dikwena as Tintswalo Tshbalala, on the right flank, beautifully played in Rodgers with the outside of his left foot. The ex-Sundowns striker outpaced Mario Booysen before slotting into the bottom-left corner to give his side the lead.

The rest of the game took a familiar shape after Pitso Mosimane brought on Mame Niang just after conceding the goal. The Brazilians, while still dominating possession, abandoned their usual style of play and started pumping long-balls up to the tall frontman.

But the Stars defence was solid and dealt with those long-balls with the help of goalkeeper Mpontshane, who improved the command of his area as the game went on.

Sundowns were unable to fashion a clear enough chance as they went in search of an equaliser, with a half-chance, far-post header for Niang the clearest opportunity in the second half following another disappointing performance and result.

HOME: Platinum Stars

Coach: Allan Freese
Formation: four three three

AWAY: Mamelodi Sundowns

Coach: Pitso Mosimane
Formation: four two three one

Livefyre comments on this story...

zebradoubblekick
posted: 2014-11-09 13:54:19

10 sundowns players pretending to be fans.

BlackColoured <>Gheorghe Hagi
posted: 2014-11-09 13:54:26

Sundowns is winning this one by two goals to nil

zebradoubblekick
posted: 2014-11-09 13:56:14

True baba very true and they are not commited at all.

Makabaza
posted: 2014-11-09 13:56:28

Nkhatha syndrom and frm zim also,bt what do u say when one erusmiss does his usual? cnc his not frm zim?

Makabaza
posted: 2014-11-09 13:59:57

Ur right khosi may the best team win,that cheerleading is a new style frm nextdoor cnc last season they were cheerleading for dunu,even u cn read Bucs champ14 u will c its in their DNA to cheerlead for dikhothane.

Triple KKK
posted: 2014-11-09 14:00:45

@Zebradou,The problem on Sundowns is far from been solved.

It's mixed masala , u dnt even knw where to fix.

This is not a team but a group so called "talented individuals with huge egos.

former buc_champ
posted: 2014-11-09 14:01:33

eish guys jealousy aside this game is not good hot weather or not I'm just glad I decided not to go there cause I would've been bored to death. Gingles need to do something about billiat missing clearcut scoring opportunities that will prove costly in the end, jerrr he can miss man! But I have to agree with the khosis (although they might not have liked it as well even if it was good ) that this is a hell of a boring game, seriously both sides are playing bulldust, no excitement. Once and always bucs. 

former buc_champ
posted: 2014-11-09 14:04:51

Makabaza we are talking about sundowns and platinum stars here, keep your focus on the teams that are playing, bucs lost yesterday and out Erasmus is not playing, focus poi. Let's not make this another bucs vs Chiefs debacle cause I don't have the energy for it. Please man! Once and always bucs. 

sam_sundawana
posted: 2014-11-09 14:05:22

Mxm...can only hope for a better 2nd half

zebradoubblekick
posted: 2014-11-09 14:06:02

Yes I have been saying that all the time and the responds you get from their supporters is I am jealous of motsepe's money and that sundowns can buy any player they want while chiefs can't, but forgeting buying players at their rate affects the team from jelling. And this is a result of that. A group of individuals playing kak that's it. They should have been 2 goals up looking at the status of their players and the money they earn.

nanguyellow
posted: 2014-11-09 14:09:01

Billiat killed us. He is being Nkatha now.

Gxabhashe®_#NantsiNGOZI
posted: 2014-11-09 14:10:05

sam_sundawana  Khama is khaming the ish out of pitso with his two lefties... screaming in such temperatures isn't good for a man his age 

Gxabhashe®_#NantsiNGOZI
posted: 2014-11-09 14:10:34

nanguyellow  They are best friends

Black4ever
posted: 2014-11-09 14:10:50

I'm enjoying my tbone stake medium with a glass of wine at mikes kitchen in park town you are being stressed by a boring game

zebradoubblekick
posted: 2014-11-09 14:11:41

Sundowns must buy rodgers again.

Triple KKK
posted: 2014-11-09 14:11:53

I can't say more to what u mentioned here, spot on......and to witness that look at the supporters.

My plea to Pitso is that, if he is still gonar be there next season which Is very doubtful. He must stop signing and work on these players. ....on top of that he must release players he dsnt need.cut his squad to 30 the u will see.

Otherwise this is deaserster.

Triple KKK
posted: 2014-11-09 14:13:43

Oh my God,

goal

Gxabhashe®_#NantsiNGOZI
posted: 2014-11-09 14:14:21

Black4ever  Mawubheje ngeDouble story yoMkhukhu ngeke uhlale ungastressi

Bhambatha (Ndunus are naive...)
posted: 2014-11-09 14:14:42

Mario Booysen hahahahaha udontsa amaketanga...

sam_sundawana
posted: 2014-11-09 14:14:43

Can we have zungu for khama and zwane for cheese please

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