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  • 30 March 2013
  • • 15:30
  • • Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Phokeng, NW
  • Referee: V. Gomes
  • • Attendance: 2952

Platinum Stars 1-1 Mamelodi Sundowns: Intriguing draw in Rustenburg

Platinum Stars 1-1 Mamelodi Sundowns: Intriguing draw in Rustenburg

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Two controversial red cards for Alje Schut and Henrico Botes could not put a dampener on a dramatic draw at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium

Mamelodi Sundowns and Platinum Stars played to a 1-1 draw during an enthralling PSL encounter at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Saturday.  

Alje Schut opened the scoring for the Brazilians with a well-executed header, but was sent off 8 minutes later along with Henrico Botes after the players clashed in the box.

Dikwena was able to fight back effectively and scored the equaliser in the 57th minute via the boot of Mogakolodi Ngele.

Sundowns suffered from profligacy and failed to take their chances as the match continued, but were able to hold off a late charge from Dikwena as the match ended in an absorbing draw.

The Brazilians dominated the opening exchanges of the match with Edward Mnqele breaking into the area and unleashing a strike on goal which was superbly blocked by Benson Mhlongo with only four minutes on the clock.

Sundowns early run of good attacking form paid dividends in the 18th minute when Alje Schut made no mistake in burying a quality delivery into the bottom corner of the net.

The goal-scorer was back in the action for all the wrong reasons eight minutes later as Schut and Henrico Botes were both shown a red card after a clash in the box.

The controversial decision resulted in a more open game as Dikwena aimed to find an avenue back into the match.

Platinum Stars continued to pile on the pressure in search of the equaliser and Mogakolodi Ngele was on point to net the equaliser in the 57th minute, after a Thuso Phala shot crashed off the crossbar into the path of Ngele, who finished with aplomb.

The goal spurred Sundowns into action but Richard Henyekane missed two glorious opportunities, as he was denied by a brilliant save from Siyabonga Mpontshane and lacked composure in a promising position minutes later.

Both teams pushed for the winner, but the deadlock was not broken again as the match ended in a 1-1 draw