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Late Baroka Penalty Denies 'Downs Top Spot

Absa Premiership
 
Full-time: Mamelodi Sundowns 2-2 Baroka
 
Date: 10 May 2017
 
Venue: Lucas Moripe Stadium
 
Mamelodi Sundowns missed the chance to move top of the Absa Premiership, after they drew 2-2 with Baroka FC at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.
 
 
Sundowns broke the deadlock with their first meaningful attack of the game in the sixth minute as Thapelo Morena's cross deflected into the path of Khama Billiat, who slotted home from six-yards out.
 
Pitso Mosimane's charges looked dominant from the onset, most notably down the right flank, where Morena was causing a number of problems.
 
The dominance continued and Sundowns nearly doubled their lead in the 29th minute, but Oscarine Masuluke produced a fine save to deny Yannick Zakri from close range.
 
Baroka, meanwhile, started seeing a bit more of the ball in the final 15 minutes of the half, but the Sundowns defence proved a tough nut to crack.
 
Sundowns doubled their lead on the stroke of halftime as a mix-up at the back saw Mahashe knock the ball into his own net.
 
There was enough time for Baroka to reduce the deficit as Mahashe redeemed himself by powering home a header from close range, 2-1.
 
Mosimane opted for a change at the start of the second half Mzikayise Mashaba made way for Fares Hachi on the left flank.
 
The second half continued in the same fashion as the first with the home side dominating. However, Sundowns did suffer a blow on 60 minutes when Tiyani Mabunda limped off. He was replaced by Bangaly Soumahoro.
 
Baroka threatened a little more as the second half went on but their decision-making in the 18-yard area was not up to par.
 
The hosts opted for another change in the 70th minute as Yannick Zakri made way for Anthony Laffor.
 
However, Sundowns failed to add their advantage in the closing stages of the second half and they were eventually made to pay.
 
The visitors were awarded a penalty in stoppage time when Morena was adjudged to have handled in the box. Richard Matloga stepped up and calmly slotted away to earn Baroka a point.
 
 
Here's how they lined up:
 
Sundowns: 36. Onyango, 19. Mashaba (Hachi 46'), 27. Morena, 2. Nthethe, 32. Madisha, 24. Zakri (Laffor 71'), 13. Mabunda (Soumahoro 61'), 33.Billiat, 18. T.Zwane, 8. Kekana, 22. Tau.
 
Baroka: 30. Masuluke, 3. Mahashe, 52. Kgoetyane, 6. Shaku, 46. Madubanya, 44. Garcia, 25. Munetsi, 2. Masenamela, 28. Letsoalo, 36. Kunene, 49. Matlakala. 
 

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