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10-man SuperSport TKO Sundowns on penalties



Ronwen Williams emerged as the hero, saving two penalties as SuperSport United beat Mamelodi Sundowns 3-1 in a penalty shoot-out (0-0 after extra-time) at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday evening to book their place in the Telkom Knockout semifinals.

Matsatsantsa played half the game with 10-men, but Stuart Baxter’s chargers were not to be denied as Pitso Mosimane’s troops fluffed three attempt from 12 yards – the defending champions crashing out at the quarterfinal stage.

The Brazilians played like African Champions in the early exchanges, the home side racing out of the blocks in search of an early goal.

Percy Tau was the main protagonist with the diminutive attacker causing Matsatsantsa all sorts of problems in the opening exchanges.

Having forced Ronwen Williams into an early save, the Sundowns youth product launched a marauding run from well within his own half, weaving his way in the box before setting-up Khama Billiat, who failed to cap what would have been one of the goals of the season – the Zimbabweans shot rolling narrowly wide of goal.

Sundowns continued to look the more dangerous of the two side’s, but SuperSport would themselves conjure a golden opportunity with 23 minutes on the clock.

Jeremy Brockie, who has been in good scoring form of late, unlucky to see his free-kick attempt canon off the crossbar and out of danger.

Following what was a blistering start to the match, the two teams were unable to maintain the tempo with the score deadlocked at half-time.

SuperSport created the first chance of the second stanza through Brockie, the New Zealand international unable to covert past Kennedy Mweene from close range after the ball fell favourable for him inside the area.

But, just as Matsatsantsa battled their way into the game Onismor Bhasera received his marching orders with 63 minutes on the clock. Referee Victor Gomes issuing two yellow cards in quick succession as the Zimbabwean effectively talked himself into an early shower.

Despite being a man short, SuperSport had a chance to wrap up proceedings within regulation time, but somehow the combination of the post and Mweene kept out Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Michael Boxall from point-blank range.

Second-half substitute Anthony Laffor finally rattled the back of the net in the second minute of extra-time, but the assistants flag was raised for offisde.

Sundowns continued to dictate proceedings with Wayne Arendse seeing his 111th minute header over the crossbar, but despite a catalogue of chances – neither side were able to find the back of the net in over two hours of football.

Penalties duly followed with SuperSport flawless from 12 yards – Anthony Laffor, Thabo Nthethe and Sibusiso Vilakazi missed their respective spot-kicks for the hosts as Matsatsantsa snapped a seven game losing streak against their Tshwane rivals in all competitions.

Mamelodi Sundowns (0) 0
SuperSport United (0) 0

SuperSport win 3-1 on penalties

Mamelodi Sundowns: Mweene; Langerman, Nascimento, Arendse, Morena (Nthethe 121′) – Mabunda (Laffor 76′), Kekana – Dolly (Mohomi 88′), Vilakazi, Tau – Billiat

SuperSport United: Williams; Boxall, Booysen, Daniels, Bhasera – Furman,Letsholonyane – Phala (Modiba 78′), Brockie (Farmer 68′), Mnyamane – Grobler (Nkhatha 98′)


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Jordan Ayew tops English Premier League sprint chart after 16 matches



Ghana forward Jordan Ayew has been rated as the player with most sprints in the English Premier League after 16 round of games.

The Swansea City attacker has always been faced with criticisms for his lack of work ethos when playing for the Ghana’s senior national team.

But the former Olympique Marseille man appears to have had the best statistics in arguably the world’s best championship in terms of a player that has made the most sprints in the league after 16 matches

The 25-year-old heads the list of the 10 players ahead of speedsters including Hector Bellerin of Arsenal, Delle Alli of Tottenham and Richarlison of Watford.

According to the, with their high intensity and counter-attacking football, Manchester City have wracked up the most sprints so far this season with a whopping 6198.

However, relegation-threatened West Ham have managed a measly 4942.

Surprisingly, Manchester United only have the 15th highest amount of sprints with 5210.

Even though Manchester City have wracked up the most sprints as a team, no individual star of Pep Guardiola’s side makes the top 10.

So which Premier League ace has sprinted the most times?

1. Jordan Ayew (Swansea) – 796 sprints

2. Delle Alli (Tottenham) – 742 sprints

3. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) – 715 sprints

4. Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)- 695 sprints

5. Tom Cleverley (Watford) – 695 sprints

6. Tom Ince (Huddersfield) – 683 sprints

7. Abdoulaye Doucore (Watford) – 682 sprints

8. Richarlison (Watford) – 677 sprints

9. Erik Pieters (Stoke) – 669 sprints

10. Pascal Gross (Brighton) – 662 sprints

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Pots announced for Final Draw



With Peru completing the line-up of 32 teams for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, we now know the seeding pots for the Final Draw on 1 December.

It was confirmed in September, by the Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions, that all teams will be allocated to (eight-team) pots 1 to 4 based on sporting principles. The October 2017 edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be used to allocate all qualified teams to the four pots according to their ranking in descending order, after hosts Russia who take the top seeding spot.

With those factors in mind, here are the final pots for the Final Draw:

POT 1 Russia, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, France
POT 2 Spain, Peru, Switzerland, England, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Croatia
POT 3 Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica, Sweden, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Iran
POT 4 Serbia, Nigeria, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia

It is worth remembering that the principle of drawing the teams into the groups will remain unchanged. This means that no teams from the same confederation, with the exception of UEFA, which could have up to two teams in the same group, will be drawn into the same group.

The Final Draw will take place on Friday 1 December at Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace.

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« We do not want him at Real Madrid anymore »



Real Madrid are in a bad situation in the league, the club of Casa Blanca is currently third in Liga behind Valencia and Barça, the Catalans have taken a big lead, and this could definitely make them lose the championship in the winter. And a Madrid club player is highlighted in these poor results.

101 million euros for his transfer, 23 injuries since, 73 matches missed or 55% of the matches of his team. Statistics that would drive any coach and / or leaders crazy. You have it ?

These are the figures of Gareth Bale since his arrival at Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 from Tottenham. Whoever has played only nine games in the year 2017/2018 seems to have seriously undermined the patience of its leaders. Just back from a calf injury, he was summoned by the Welsh side to face France in a friendly last Friday, but made the choice to stay in Madrid to prepare for the derby against Atletico Madrid. But, the blow, the Welsh injured during training last Thursday and will be absent about a month.

What continue to fuel the rumors of transfers but especially what cause irritation of the board leader. The latter, tired of not being able to align their triplet « BBC », have made a decision that should be irrevocable, according to the Madrid newspaper AS: It must leave this summer. And the Spanish media also explains that the president of the Madrilenian club, Florentino Perez, added:

« We do not want him at Real Madrid anymore »
Yet strongly criticized last season, Bale had managed to avoid a departure last summer, claiming to want to win at Real Madrid. This year, his start to the season does not plead in his favor and he seems to have exhausted all his jokers in the Spanish capital. The departure of the Welsh international therefore seems to have been recorded.

The rumor of a return to the Premier League, Manchester United in particular, has been reactivated but the number of contenders could quickly evolve in view of the quality of the player. Be careful though, the Welsh is signed until 2022, and Florentino Perez is determined not to sell his player.

Unless a return to its best level, it is difficult to see how the Welsh international could reverse the situation. Zinedine Zidane even found his replacement for 100 million euros.

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