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Johannesburg - A late Paulos Masehe equaliser saved a point for the Free State Stars as the hosts snatched a 1-1 draw against SuperSport United in Phuthaditjhaba on Tuesday night.
Stars remained fourth in the standings, but lost further ground in the Absa Premiership title race, while SuperSport stayed mid-table with their 13th draw in 20 league matches.
Sameegh Doutie put the visitors in front in the sixth minute when he struck with a thunderous effort from a tight angle on the right.
Mark Haskins had a chance to stretch the gap midway through the first period, but he fired his shot wide.
On the half-hour mark, Anver Esterhuizen had the first real attempt for Stars, though he watched his strike sail centimetres past the left post.
Doutie came close to netting his brace, but he blasted over seven minutes before the break, and Mark Haskins also aimed too high after half-time as the visitors struggled to bury Stars.
Taking advantage of the wasted chances from United, Fikru-Teferra Lemessa nearly equalised with a little more than 20 minutes left, forcing a superb save from goalkeeper Ronwen Williams.
Seconds later, on the counter attack, Doutie was also denied, by Stars’ shot stopper Kennedy Mweene.
Masehe eventually struck with 11 minutes remaining, finding the bottom left corner of the net, to earn a point for the home side. - Sapa