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Downs Maintain Unbeaten Record At Stellies

Mamelodi Sundowns maintained their unbeaten record in the DStv Premiership after battling back to secure a 1-1 draw at Stellenbosch FC on Saturday evening.

DStv Premiership

Result: Stellenbosch 1-1 Mamelodi Sundowns

Date: 04 December 2021

Venue: Danie Craven Stadium

Sundowns made three changes to the side that beat Sekhukhune United, as goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene replaced the suspended Denis Onyango while Rivaldo Coetzee and Thabiso Kutumela returned from injury.

The Brazilians were struggling to break down Stellies in the early stages and it took them up until the 27th minute to carve out the first clear chance, as Grant Kekana flicked a free-kick that was dipping towards the crossbar but goalkeeper Sage Stephens parried his effort over the bar.

The visitors had a another big chance to break the deadlock five minutes later after Kutumela went through on goal from Peter Shalulile's defence-splitting pass but his side-footed shot across goal was saved by Stephens.

The pace of Ashley Du Preez was Stellies' biggest threat on countee-attacks and Sundowns succumbed to it just before the half-time break after Khuliso Mudau conceded a penalty by bringing the Stellies attacker down in the box.

View the Downs’ stars struggling for game time: 

Junior Mendieta went up to take the spot-kick and sent Mweene the wrong way with low strike into the bottom corner, as the hosts went to the halftime break with a slender lead.

The Brazilians were piling the pressure on Stellies in the early stages of the second stanza and Lyle Lakay eventually levelled matters on the hour-mark with a low drive from outside the box after he was teed up by Kutumela.

Sundowns had a couple more sights at goal thereafter, with Lakay going close with a free-kick from around 30 yards out that sailed over the crossbar.

The game was on the edge after that as Sundowns made a double change in the last 12 minutes for fresh legs, as Kermit Erasmus replaced Kutumela upfront and Aubrey Modiba came on for Themba Zwane in midfield.

The visitors had attacking momentum and the wind in their favour in the closing phase but Barker's men were not giving the space in and around the box as the two sides settled for a point in the end.

Here's how they started:

Stellenbosch: 17. Stephens, 26. Mcaba, 24. Kwinika, 16. Johannes, 7. Van Rooyen, 3. Letsoenyo, 27. Jabaar, 23. Adams, 13. Dimgba, 9. Du Preez, 10. Mendieta

Subs: 32. Bombay, 5. Mthethwa, 11. Khunyedi, 25. Moseamedi, 12. Scott, 19. Sinkala, 21. Isaacs, 20. Robertson, 29. Van Wyk

Sundowns: 1. Mweene, 5. Lebusa, 25. Mudau, 40. Coetzee, 7. Lakay, 4. Kekana, 15. Jali, 23. Domingo, 32. Kutumela, 18. Zwane, 38. Shalulile.

Subs: 16. Pieterse, 28. De Reuck, 34. Mvala, 37. Modiba, 11. Erasmus, 26. Kapinga, 27. Morena, 9. Safranko, 10. Sirino.


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