CT City End Sundowns’ Unbeaten Run
Absa Premiership Report: Mamelodi Sundowns v Cape Town City, 19 December 2017
Result: Mamelodi Sundowns 0-1 Cape Town City
Date: 19 December 2017
Venue: Loftus Stadium
Cape Town City ended Mamelodi Sundowns’ seven-game unbeaten run after beating the Brazilians 1-0 in an Absa Premiership match at Loftus Stadium on Tuesday night.
It was a slow start to the game from both sides who spent the first 15 minutes of the match feeling each other out.
The first shot on goal only came in the 19th minute when Thokozani Sekotlong fired a 30-yard shot inches wide of the Cape Town City post.
City’s first real scoring opportunity resulted in a goal in the 27th minute when a quick counter-attack saw Aubrey Ngoma break down the right and square for Nana Akosah-Bempah, who tucked home from 14-yards out, 1-0.
The Brazilians took control of the game after that and Percy Tau came close to equalising in the 35th minute when he created some space for himself inside the box, but his 14-yard shot was well-saved by City keeper Sage Stephens.
Stephens was at his best again two minutes later when an acrobatic save from the keeper saw him turn a powerfully struck 24-yard free-kick from Hlompho Kekana over the crossbar.
City nearly doubled their lead in the 42nd minute when a ball over the top of the Sundowns defence found Roland Putsche, but he was denied from close range by Denis Onyango.
The half ended 1-0 in favour of the Cape side.
Sundowns controlled the possession stakes at the start of the second half, but the first decent scoring chance fell to City in the 62nd minute when Craig Martins set-up Thamsanqa Mkhize who fired over from ten-yards out with an open goal at his mercy.
Five minutes later, Sundowns were on the attack when Tau played Thapelo Morena into space inside the box, but his shot from 16-yards out was brilliantly saved by Sage.
The Brazilians continued to press forward after that and threw numbers forward, but their decision making in the final third was poor.
Consequently, the Cape Town City defence were able to hold firm and picked up the win on the night.
Here is how they lined up
Sundowns:14. Onyango, 4. Langerman, 6. Arendse (3 Hachi 93’), 27. Morena, 21. S. Zwane, 7. Manyisa, 8. Kekana (23 Ngele 90’), 13. Mabunda, 37. Sekotlong (24. Zakri 74’), 18. T. Zwane, 22. Tau.
City: 32. Stephens, 2. Mkhize, 12. Fielies, 16. Johannes, 5. Edmilson, 26. Nodada, 19. Putsche, 11. Ngoma (13. Modise 46’), 30. Martin (4 Kobola 87’), 7. Lakay, 14. Nana (17. Nsofor 74’).