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Sundowns 0-0 Kaizer Chiefs


Baxter: Would have wanted more

Baxter: Would have wanted more

Kaizer Chiefs opened the door for Orlando Pirates at the top of the standings as they could only manage a point against Mamelodi Sundowns following the goalless draw at Loftus on Tuesday.


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Amakhosi had entered the match with only a one-point lead at the PSL summit, but the draw against Downs means the second-placed Buccaneers can now claim top spot with a win in their clash against SuperSport on Wednesday.

The Chloorkop outfit, meanwhile, remain 10th, but could drop lower depending on results elsewhere in the country in 24 hours' time.

Chiefs won a free-kick in a promising area after just three minutes, and although Bernard Parker's delivery from Siphiwe Tshabalala's tee-up was decent, there was no-one in a Chiefs shirt attacking the ball and the defenders could easily clear.

Lehlohonolo Majoro looked to have been played in behind the defence with a ball over the top soon after , but there was too much pace on the delivery and it skipped through to the goalkeeper who gathered gratefully.

Sundowns created their first chance after 17 minutes as some nice build-up ended with the ball being played out wide Nyasha Mushekwi, who drilled his cross into the area, but it was too close to Khune, who did well to hold on.

It appeared Chiefs were the ones in the ascendancy and created the more attacking chances in the first-half, although both Tshabalala and George Lebese were guilty of needlessly giving the ball away when the visitors found themselves in promising positions on the counter-attack.

Both sides started brightly after the restart but it was Chiefs who almost found a way through right as Letsholonyane jumped highest to flick the ball on in the area, but Majoro's touch let him down and the ball escaped his feet, falling only to a defender who could clear.

Amakhosi looked destined to take the lead after 50 minutes as Lebese completely took the keeper out of the game with a devilish delivery to the far-post, but with the whole of the goal to aim for Parker could only side-foot his effort the wrong side of the up-right.

The visitors continued looking the likelier to score, and they came close five minutes later as a flowing move ended with Siboniso Gaxa being played into the area, with his stinging drive bringing a fine save out of Sandilands.

Sundowns felt they should have had a penalty just after the hour mark as Elias Pelembe appeared to go down under a challenge from Erick Mathoho in the area, but the referee was having none of it and waved play on.

Josta Dladla had a great chance to steal the lead midway through the second-half as Sandilands went down following an aerial challenge, although the referee had not blown for a foul, but with the Sundowns defence staring at the official in disbelief, the Chiefs man could only scoop his toe-poke over the bar from a few feet out.

Khune had been largely untested for most of the match, but with 10 minutes remaining he showed great awareness and agility to just get his fingertips on Themba Zwane's fierce header from just outside the six-yard area.

Sundowns had a great chance in the closing minutes as Anthony Laffor completely skinned his marker before breaking into the area and the cutting the ball back for Elias Pelembe, but he's immediately closed down and forced to turn away from goal, while Chiefs eventually wrestle the ball out to touch.

Posted: 12/02/13 19:28

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