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Pitso: Starts with a draw

Pitso: Starts with a draw

Pitso Mosimane was unable to engineer a win for Mamelodi Sundowns in his first match in charge as they drew 1-1 with Free State Stars in Phuthaditjhaba on Wednesday evening.

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Eleazar Rodgers' first Premier Soccer League goal of the season after 25 minutes looked liked being enough to hand his side all three points, but Tebogo Langerman's own goal on 73 minutes scuppered the Brazilians' hopes.

The result leaves Mosimane's charges just one point ahead of bottom-placed AmaZulu following their 1-1 draw with Black Leopards, who Downs play next.

Stars started the match the livelier of the two teams with Sundowns defender Abel Mabaso just about managing to clear a Moeketsi Mvula effort off the line.

Heavy rain and lightning interrupted the match for nearly 40 minutes. But the game resumed with Dove Wome testing Wayne Sandilands from a tight angle, however, the Downs goalkeeper was equal to the shot.

Teko Modise's 14th-minute drive skimmed a post with goalkeeper Tshepo Motsoeneng beaten after a neat passage of play involving Anthony Laffor as Sundowns began to impose themselves on the tie.

And it was Laffor who created his side's only goal as he beat his man on the left flank before picking out Rodgers in the Stars box.

The striker still had a lot to do but he rounded his marker before rifling his shot past an unsighted Motsoeneng.

Rodgers was unable to make anything of a rebounded Modise shot in the 37th minute with the Downs skipper having unleashed a powerful strike that Motsoeneng did well to palm away.

Wome came close with a well-struck free-kick just after the break while Anver Esterhuizen failed to get on the end of another set-piece, this time in the 65th minute.

Katlego Mphela made his first appearance for Downs since June when he replaced Rodgers in the 69th minute although he was unable to effect the result.

But with Sundowns holding out hope of securing all three points with just 16 minutes of the tie to play, Langerman headed the ball into his own net from a Wome corner.

Posted: 05/12/12 20:48

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