Tswelopele eventually made Juventus pay for their erratic passing, intercepting a Juve pass in their half and through a series of neat inter-passing finally found Papi Dipoko upfront
It took Tswelopele over an hour of play to finally crush Juventus 3-1 yesterday afternoon at the Galeshewe stadium in a Safa SAB league fixture which went a long way towards determining who stays at the top of the conference.
For Tswelopele there was much at stake in yesterday’s game, seeing as they are one of three teams at the top of the SAB league, with log leaders Real Madrid and the evergreen Pes Porto who were playing away in Phokwane doing the front-running.
The first half was a ding-dong affair which saw both sides probing for soft spots through which to land that decisive goal. The opening minutes of the second stanza was much the same with Juve’s talisman Austin Jooste totally off colour on the day. Jooste on two occasions in the second half shot off the mark, and was also guilty of passing the ball instead of taking a point-blank shot at goal.
Tswelopele eventually made Juventus pay for their erratic passing, intercepting a Juve pass in their half and through a series of neat inter-passing finally found Papi Dipoko upfront. He wasn’t going to miss such an opportunity and scored (1-0). They were at it again almost 10 minutes later when they intercepted the ball in the middle of the park, sprinted forward on the right flank from where they passed inside and the stalking figure of Papi Dipoko sideswept the ball into the net (2-0).
Luckily for Juventus a waist high tackle on Jooste floored him inside the Tswelopele goal area which won them a penalty. Durna Beyers stepped up to the chalk spot and neatly slotted the ball into the top left hand corner (2-1).
Tswelopele’s third goal was a total freak. They had won a free kick just outside the Juventus goal area. Johannes Dipoko swiftly took the kick by blasting through a nest of players and caught the Juve goalkeeper off guard, taking the score to 3-1.
Tswelopele coach Eldridge van Wyk said afterwards that he was “happy with the win” especially so that it was his first season in the (SAB) league. He said the win will put his side temporarily somewhere at the top, but he could not be certain as second placed Porto still had to bring in a result.
Juventus coach Rodney Muller said his side’s lack of concentration coupled with unfitness across the team cost them the game.