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Cape Town City v Mamelodi Sundowns Match Report, 20/11/21

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Cape Town City 0-0 Mamelodi Sundowns: Citizens give Brazilians a tough afternoon
11:12 PM IST 20/11/21
Divine Lunga Mamelodi Sundowns
Masandawana kept a 10th consecutive league clean sheet this season while extending their lead at the top to five points over Stellenbosch

Defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns found Cape Town City a hard nut to crack and had to settle for a 0-0 league draw at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.

There was little to choose between the sides who effectively cancelled each other out over the 94 minutes.

The opening half an hour of the game failed to bring any goalmouth action as the teams felt each other out, Sundowns enjoying slightly more ball possession in that period but failing to make things happen upfront.

The first opportunity was to arrive in the 31st minute, and fell to Fagrie Lakay, but having out-stripped the Brazilians on the counter-attack, his parting shot from the right-hand side of the box went tamely across the goal.

Less than a minute later the same player popped up in the same position and this time he made a good connection, but Downs keeper Denis Onyango reacted well to block the near-post effort.

The visitors' first opening on goal came in the 35th minute through a Haashim Domingo free-kick, which drew a superb save from home keeper Hugo Marques.

Three minutes before the interval Sundowns had another chance when a loose ball reached Divine Lunga, but the Zimbabwean defender skied his half-volley well over the crossbar.

The Tshwane side continued to make inroads after the interval, but couldn't change the scoreboard as Domingo's long-range shot flew straight at Marques before Lunga headed wide from a corner.

The Citizens had a chance of their own just after the hour mark when substitute Douglas Mapfumo found space at the back post, but his effort lacked conviction and made for an easy save for Onyango.

After Thabiso Kutumela had sent a chipped effort just over for Downs, Onyango was called upon again and this time was far more severely tested from Taahir Goedeman, the keeper coming out top though with a brilliant reflex save, following some neat interplay between Lakay and Goedeman, with 20 minutes to go.

City meanwhile continued to look dangerous when going forward, although they weren't able to test Onyango again, the next save coming at the other end when Marques beat away a powerful 20-yard shot from Downs substitute Neo Maema on 90 minutes.

That proved to be the last chance of the evening, a draw a fair reflection of a hard-fought evenly balanced encounter.