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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...

Ngwende
posted: 2014-11-09 20:41:54

Fumigator SORRY you won't beat DOWNS you are bunch of chokers, you're very quick to forget what TEKO did to you after winning the game by mouth.

KING75 OF SA FOOTBALL
posted: 2014-11-10 04:48:13

Good riddance Dikwena this Clowns speaks a lot

Jmlungu
posted: 2014-11-10 04:52:13

It's gonna be a party Khosi lam. This team efedile✌️

Jmlungu
posted: 2014-11-10 04:55:11

Im sure Pitso is angry at Motsepe for letting their loanees play against them. Bring back the loan policy bwaaaahhhaaaahhhaaa

deleted_20937858_TatiBucs
posted: 2014-11-10 04:57:23

Silver Line KBY Moon or Punch must be played now that his son saw red.

Bad News
posted: 2014-11-10 05:31:52

I always ask myself about the thinking capacity of Langerman. I even doubt if this guy really think. 


The other thing is that lanky tall fellow who goes by the name Nia'ng. Hey people, that thing pisses me off whenever i see it. He defends for the opponents instead of threatening them. This Mame thing is a real eyesore.


KBY


Over and Out!

KING75 OF SA FOOTBALL
posted: 2014-11-10 05:40:25

Fumigator we will fumigate this Signclowns Zikhothane FC.

KING75 OF SA FOOTBALL
posted: 2014-11-10 05:40:51

chief inspector LMAO

MaxwellZakheleMasondo
posted: 2014-11-10 06:02:31

Soccer it's not 4 every1, they're so much sports that people should try....like Golf(atleast ngeke bakhadleke since kungaphushwana) Tennis etc....players like Mame Niag should start find the way 2 netball or volleyball mayb they'll adjust...Sundowns only hv T,modise, S. Moriri, A. Shult, the rest are kak

Buccelona
posted: 2014-11-10 06:38:44

Sundowns has two useless centre backs (Ntethe and Booysen). They need Rodgers look like the fastest players in the PSL. 

TTMAN
posted: 2014-11-10 07:00:33

Coach you got first got rid of Daniels and replaced him with this cow, Booysen. Again you replaced Wome with that lofty giraffe Niang this is not a grazing forest. In yesterday's game you substituted Pelembe with Niang, a cow who cant even comrehend Teko's style of play. So far you have failed us and I dnt knw how long before you wake up and smell the coffee.

The Game
posted: 2014-11-10 07:42:37

Pitso talks too much and forget to do his job.  One chance my foot (so what if they had one chance and scored), how many times we fail to convert ama chances.  We have dropped points in the league cos we are so blunt upfront, it's time the technical team works on that.

CC_KABOYELLOW
posted: 2014-11-10 12:46:35

ROGERS IS NOT ON LOAN HE IS PART OF NGELE SWAP DEAL

Jmlungu
posted: 2014-11-11 08:47:12

CC_KABOYELLOW oh cool, thanks for the info

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