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Mamelodi Sundowns v SuperSport United Match Report, 24/11/2021

2 - 2
N. Maema (45)
P. Shalulile (49)
G. Lungu (69)
T. Mokoena (80)
Loftus Versfeld Stadium
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Neo Maema, Mamelodi Sundowns vs SuperSport United, November 2021
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Mamelodi Sundowns conceded for the first time this season and dropped points for a second straight Premier Soccer League game after surrendering a two-goal lead to be held 2-2 by SuperSport United at Loftus Versfeld.

Neo Maema beat the half-time whistle to thrust Masandawana ahead before Peter Shalulile extended their lead four minutes after the restart.

But SuperSport responded with Gampani Lungu’s 69th-minute strike, before levelling through Teboho Mokoena’s free-kick 10 minutes before the full-time whistle.

Despite the draw, Sundowns’ lead was slightly extended to six points after Stellenbosch lost to Orlando Pirates on the same evening.

They have dropped four points in their last two games and shipped in goals for the first time in 10 games this season.

With SuperSport also failing to win for a second straight game after being stunned by Marumo Gallants last weekend, they remained fourth on the standings.

Sundowns coaches Manqoba Mngqithi and Rhulani Mokwena brought back Lyle Lakay, who started with Divine Lunga out while Pavol Safranko also returned to the line-up.

Familiar faces appeared in Kaitano Tembo’s SuperSport starting team headlined by captain and goalkeeper Ronwen Williams, Thamsanqa Gabuza, Sipho Mbule and Onismor Bhasera.

SuperSport’s 20-year-old defender Kegan Johannes started in central defence ahead of Buhle Mkhwanazi and in the absence of suspended Luke Fleurs.

The visitors started the match on fire and as early as the first minute when Gabuza beat veteran goalkeeper Denis Onyango but was denied by the crossbar.

But shaken Masansawana quickly gathered themselves and in the third minute, Shalulile saw his shot sailing just wide with Williams already beaten.

The Namibian was back again and almost thrust Sundowns ahead but watched his shot agonisingly crash against the crossbar.

As the contest appeared headed for half-time goalless, Zwane fed Meema, whose left-footed curler gave Williams no chance.

At the start of the second half, Tembo withdrew Sipho Mbule for Jamie Webber whose introduction was to be felt later on.

Sundowns picked up from where they had left off in the first stanza when Shalulile grabbed his ninth league goal of the season in 11 appearances

The Namibian was at the end of a Maema lob before unleashing a shot past Williams while being sandwiched by two SuperSport defenders, to double Sundowns’ advantage.

Mtsatsantsa kept on pushing and on 52 minutes, Onyango spilt a Gabuza shot and Giuly Manziba was late in his follow-up to pounce

Seconds after, Onyango’s reflexes denied Gampani Lungu’s headed effort.

With Onyango having failed to catch a shot on the first attempt earlier on, Matsatsantsa appeared to have read a weakness in the goalkeeper.

Jamie Webber unleashed a powerful shot and which the Ugandan gloveman spilt in Lungu’s way, who cooly slotted in to pull one back for SuperSport.

Then Sundowns tried to hit back when Shalulile almost grabbed a double but Williams saved his long range effort for a corner kick.

SuperSport then drew level with 10 minutes to go courtesy of Teboho Mokoena’s free-kick which tricked Onyango by bouncing just in front of the goalkeeper.

SuperSport resorted to long shots with Onyango the busiest of the goalkeepers in the final minutes and he made some match-saving interventions before the final whistle.