Platinum Stars slay giant Sundowns

2013-10-19 23:19

Platinum Stars confirmed their status as cup giant killers yet again with this victory that followed fresh on their MTN8 Cup triumph over another imperious club three weeks ago.

This victory not only earned Dikwena a berth in the semifinals of the Telkom Knockout, but continued a three-year stranglehold on their fancied opponents.

Stars, who have suffered just a single defeat in six league matches have already clinched a point off Sundowns from their first-round Absa Premiership meeting in an away match that ended 1-1.

The loss dragged coach Pitso Mosimane into a rare defeat, having guided his side to an unbeaten run in five league outings.

Stars have lately proved to be the comeback kings lately and coach Allan Freeze’s side ability to work as a team pulled them through in the same fashion they overcame Orlando Pirates in the MTN8 final three weeks ago.

The Brazilians were the dominant force in the opening half and should have wrapped up the game when Dikwena were still in disarray.

Sundowns backed up their superiority with some crisp passing, while the hosts gave away much possession.

Stars somehow found their footing only after a fortuitous effort brought them even when Mokgakolodi Ngele equalised from a spot kick.

Togolese international Dove Wome had given the visitors the lead after Stars’ defence was stretched.

Mosimane and his side were left to rue missed chances in a game that was delayed for half an hour from the original 7pm kickoff to let a thunderstorm to subside.

Despite starting the game with seven different international players, Mosimane left Moroleng shaking his head in disbelief as his expensively assembled team succumbed to a modest Stars.

Zimbabwean international Kama Billiat had two chances to convert from the penalty spot, but missed on both occasions.

Mduduzi Nyanda scored the winner in the 69th minute.

While Stars’ giant-killing blitz continued, it was another missed opportunity for Sundowns, who last won a knockout competition in 2008.

» Timothy Molobi reports that earlier on the day, Supersport United dispatched of Moroka Swallows 3-1 in extra time after regulation time ended with the sides tied 1-1.

In a match that provided life and a miss of the season, following an uninspiring and scrappy first half, mainly due to cautious approach from the sides, the game suddenly came to life in the second half after some harsh words from the two coaches at the break.

United’s goals were made from the bench as the three substitutes – Bradley Grobler, Thuso Phala and George Maluleka – ensured a passage to the semis.

Edward Manqele scored for the visitors.

» Kaizer Chiefs visit Free State Stars at the Charles Mopeli Stadium in a 3pm Telkom Knockout Cup clash today

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