Mamelodi Sundowns 0-0 TTM: Champions neutralised by PSL new boys
Themba Zwane of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Meshack Maphangule, Alfred Ndengane and Lehlohonolo Nonyane of Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila
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The Brazilians ran out of steam against a TTM side who are growing in confidence in their first season in the top flight

Premier Soccer League newcomers Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila earned a morale-boosting point after playing to a 0-0 draw with defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Wednesday night.

After Sundowns had looked relatively enterprising in the first half, they struggled after the interval to create openings against the hard-working visitors.

The game got off to a lively start with the Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila defence doing well to close down Themba Zwane and deny him a shooting chance in the first minute.

The Limpopo side then created a chance of their own through former Orlando Pirates frontman Justin Shonga, who drew a smart save by Denis Onyango with a fourth-minute snap shot.

Having settled into the game, the Brazilians were unlucky not to go in front after 12 minutes when Hlompho Kekana won the ball in midfield before firing a shot against the woodwork.

The Tshwane side kept asking questions of the TTM defence and it took a very good save from Washington Arubi to keep out Lyle Lakay's shot from an acute angle on 26 minutes.

While Masandawana were dominating ball possession they weren't creating too much in the way of clear scoring chances, their next opening arriving in the 42nd minute, when Lakay crossed for Peter Shalulile, whose first-time effort was saved by Arubi.

Following the restart, TTM began to claw their way back into the match and they had a couple of sniffs at goal themselves, including a shot by Man of the Match Diamond Thopola which went wide on the hour mark.

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As the second half wore on, Sundowns became increasingly frustrated at their inability to penetrate a stubborn TTM defence.

Indeed there was very little work for Arubi to do as his defence held firm.

A lack of urgency and creativity didn't help Sundowns either and in the end it was job well done by the Premier Soccer League rookies as they did well to stifle their illustrious opponents and to earn their secon point in two matches after opening with a 1-1 draw against TS Galaxy.

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