Cape Town City FC welcomed Mamelodi Sundowns to the Cape Town Stadium on Sunday, as both teams drew swords in the Premier Soccer League (PSL).
This was a battle between some of the top teams in South Africa's top flight; as Masandawana and Cape Town City were ranked first and fourth respectively.
Spoils are shared after 90 minutes
Although Mamelodi Sundowns have played fewer games than every other team in the PSL this season, they have been undoubtedly the best team in the league, with a perfect 11 wins in their first 11 matches.
Rhulani Mokwena‘s side were on a quest to maintain that 100 percent record on Sunday. It's worth mentioning that the Sundowns had no losses in their previous seven clashes with Cape Town City; they also did not concede a single goal in the last four skirmishes between these outfits.
As expected, Masandawana came out all-guns blazing; but despite their best efforts, Cape Town City proved to be a tough nut to crack. Peter Shalulile found the back of the net just after the 35 minute mark, but his goal was flagged offside.
At the end of the half, the Sundowns had 59 percent of the ball; they had registered three total shots, with just one of those going on target. Likewise, one of Cape Town City's seven shots went on target, as they had 41 percent of the possession.
The first half ends with no goals, it's all to play for in the second half!👆
— Mamelodi Sundowns FC (@Masandawana) December 24, 2023
The second half was more of the same: both teams testing each other but failing to get on the scoresheet. The interesting thing about the second half is, neither team could register a shot on target. Cape Town City finished the match with 12 shots (1 on target) while Masandawana had seven total shots (1 on target) in 90 minutes.
Cape Town City were able to hold their own against Mamelodi Sundowns, effectively putting an end to their hosts' winning streak in the PSL. Although this isn't the result Masandawana wanted, it's worth noting that they've extended their unbeaten run in the PSL to 36 matches (currently the longest unbeaten run in the history of the Premier Soccer League).
What this result means for Mamelodi Sundowns
We would like to point out that Mamelodi Sundowns had a four-point lead at the top of the Premier Soccer League table ahead of this game; so they were guaranteed to stay on top, irrespective of the outcome of this match. After Sunday's stalemate, the Sundowns have 34 points from a possible 36, and are five points ahead of second-placed SuperSport United.
On the other hand, Cape Town City currently occupy the third spot on the table. They've amassed 26 points from 15 league matches.
This article was most recently revised and updated 2 months ago