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PSL more interesting as Sundowns Held By Ajax

The Urban Warriors nearly took the lead in the 10th minute when Prince Nxumalo was left one-on-one with Denis Onyango. However, the Ugandan produced a stunning save to deny the striker from point-blank range.
The hosts continued to apply the pressure and should have had the opening goal in the 30th minute, but Erwin Isaacs fired over the crossbar from three-yards out.
Sundowns, meanwhile, struggled to get their passing game going and failed to get the likes of Themba Zwane, Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly involved in the match.
Ajax had another opportunity to take the lead in the 40th minute through Morris, however the forward failed to direct his header on target at the near post.
Sundowns' first real attempt at goal arrived just before the halftime break, as Hlompho Kekana rattled the upright with a powerful free-kick from at least 30-yards out.
Ajax continued to shade the possession statistics in the second half, but struggled to create clear-cut openings in the final third.
The first meaningful opening of the half arrived in the 70th minute as Soumahoro Bangaly forced Anssi Jaakkola into a fine save with a towering header.
Pitso Mosimane opted to re-shuffle his pack for the final 10 minutes and replaced the in-effective Leonardo Castro with Mzikayise Mashaba.
Sundowns pushed for a winner the closing stages and also threw on Anthony Laffor, however they could not bypass a water-tight Ajax defence, as the score remained goalless at the full-time whistle.
Here's how they lined up:
Ajax Cape Town: 32. Jaakkola, 2. Mabaso, 26. Lartey, 3.Coetzee, 5. Lebusa, 6. Graham, 20. Isaacs (Losper 66'), 8. Mdabuka, 15. Nxumalo (Paulse 73'), 11. Mzwakali (Cale 80'), 14. Morris
Mamelodi Sundowns: 36. Onyango, 6. Arendse, 4. Langerman, 2. Nthethe, 16. Mphahlele, 7. Dolly, 25. Castro (Mashaba 75'), 18. Zwane, 8. Kekana, 20. Billiat, 29. Soumahoro

Sphamandla Ntshokotsha

Sphamandla Ntshokotsha

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