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Tshwane PSL title dream all over

A 79th minute goal by Sibusiso Zuma effectively put his former team Mamelodi Sunowns out of the Absa Premiership title race.

In a tight Tshwane derby, Zuma’s strike was the difference between the two sides although Sundowns had far more of the ball possession.

SuperSport’s Franklin Cale, who created the goal for Zuma, was sent off in optional time and will miss the Nedbank Cup final against Sundowns in two weeks’ time.

SuperSport United came out with a very attacking starting eleven, but still found themselves on the back foot for most of the opening half.

In the first minute of the game, Teko Modise attempted to chip young goalkeeper Ronwen Williams who was slightly off his line, but the 19-year-old tipped the ball over the bar.

Then, not long afterwards, Nyasha Mushekwi put his header over the bar as The Brazilians began asking some questions of Gavin Hunt’s men.

But in the 27th minute Matsatsantsa did come close as Sameehg Doutie’s excellent free kick was palmed into safety by Wayne Sandilands.

From the resultant corner kick, Morgan Gould headed into the side netting, but it would not have counted as SuperSport were penalised for a foul on Sandilands.

In the 32nd minute it was Williams’ turn to make a classy save when he pushed away Punch Masenamela’s pile driver effort.

Sundowns coach Johan Neeskens brought on Katlego Mphela for Richard Henyekane in the 68th minute to try and inject some life in the Downs attack line.

And Mphela’s first contribution was an attempted volley in the 76th minute, but his shot flew high and wide of goal. Amazingly, this was the first shot on goal during the second half.

In the 79th minute, the deadlock was broken when Zuma pounced for his first league goal of the season.

A great run by Cale on the left flank ended with a low cross and Zuma got in front of his marker to slot home from close range.

Then in the 82nd minute Sundowns came very close to drawing level when Esrom Nyandoro’s powerful drive rebounded off the upright and into safety.

In the 87th minute Mushekwi rose high at a corner kick, but put his header wide of the far post.

Then Cale was red carded for an unnecessary tug on Mokoena in the dying minutes of the match.

Moriri then put a shot wide of goal with less than a minute of optional time to go.

Mamelodi Sundowns 0

SuperSport United (0) 1 (Zuma 79’)

TEAMS

Sundowns: Sandilands; Maponyane, Xulu, Daniels, Masenamela; Nyandoro, Moriri; Shongwe (Mokoena 53’), Modise, Henyekane (Mphela 68); Mushekwi

SuperSport: Williams; Kekana, Gould, September, Nkausu; Gabonamong; Doutie, Erasmus (Hartog 57’), Nkoana (Nyondo 67’), Cale; Zuma (Langerman 90’).-Backpagepix

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