Tue. Oct 20th, 2020

SuperSport United 1–2 Mamelodi Sundowns: Masandawana claim Tshwane Derby spoils

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The reigning PSL champions returned to winning ways when they downed Matsantsantsa

Two goals from Themba Zwane and Thapelo Morena helped Mamelodi Sundowns return to winning ways when they downed SuperSport United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Coach Kaitano Tembo’s men welcomed the Brazilians and were chasing for their second win in less than a week after beating AmaZulu 2-0 last weekend.

On the other hand, the reigning PSL champions went to the clash licking their wounds after suffering to a 1-0 loss at the hands of Orlando Pirates on Wednesday night.

Coach Pitso Mosimane welcomed Zwane back from suspension and they had a glorious opportunity in the 11th minute when Sibusiso Vilakazi nearly capitalized on a misunderstanding between goalkeeper Ronwen Williams and defender Clayton Daniels, but the midfield’s flick-on went wide.

Heading to the 20th minute mark, the hosts managed to neutralize Sundowns in the heart of the park but their efforts in the final third were not enough to test Denis Onyango.

A few minutes later, Hlompho Kekana was dispossessed by Dean Furman and the nippy midfielder set up Evans Rusike who beat Motjeka Madisha before unleashing a shot that was easily swallowed by Onyango.

There were few chances created by both sides after the half-hour mark but it was Sundowns that scored from a brilliant build-up in the 32nd minute through Zwane who finished from close range to beat Williams.

Morena wasted a wonderful opportunity when Williams’ clearance could only reach Zwane, but the right back’s attempt to curl the ball went wide in the 36th minute.

SuperSport looked to respond through their short passes and Sipho Mbule spotted Furman on the edge of the area but Rusike’s shot at goal went wide off Onyango’s posts.

After the 40th minute, defender Onismor Bhasera came close to scoring an own goal when he attempted to clear Tebogo Langerman’s cross from the left and Kekana also missed the target from his trademark long-range shots.

Sundowns went to the tunnel enjoying a slender lead and it was Sirino who saw his shot sailing wide a brilliant exchange of passes in the final third.

Heading to the 60th minute, Tembo introduced Thamsanqa Gabuza for Luke Fleurs and they were awarded a penalty after Andile Jali fouled Kudalkwashe Mahachi in the box.

Furman stood up and converted from the spot to beat Onyango on the right corner, making it 1-1 in the 54rd minute.

Sundowns were sloppy at the back allowing the hosts to have a number of shot at goal, yet they could not trouble the Ugandan net minder.

After 60 minutes of action, Morena looked like he was fouled inside the penalty area but their protests fell on deaf ears as the referee waved play on.

Sundowns resorted to patient build-ups and Morena finally scored with a great finish from close range in the 64th minute to convert Kekana’s cross from the right wing beating the Bafana Bafana keeper on his near post.

Five minutes later, Gabuza would combine with Bradley Grobler who had a quiet afternoon but the latter’s effort went wide with only Onyango to beat.

The Ugandan keeper collided wirh Gampani LKungu in the box but he managed to recover on time to help the Tshwane side walk away wirh the full tree points.

Resulting from the win, Sundowns now have 35 points from matches as they sit second on the log table and the reigning MTN8 champions have 31 points from 19 games.

 Coach Kaitano Tembo’s men welcomed the Brazilians and were chasing for their second win in less than a week after beating AmaZulu 2-0 last weekend.

On the other hand, the reigning PSL champions went to the clash licking their wounds after suffering to a 1-0 loss at the hands of Orlando Pirates on Wednesday night.

Coach Pitso Mosimane welcomed Themba Zwane back from suspension and they had a glorious opportunity in the 11th minute when Sibusiso Vilakazi nearly capitalized on a misunderstanding between goalkeeper Ronen Williams and defender Clayton Daniels, but the midfield’s flick on went wide.

Heading to the 20th minute mark, the hosts managed to neutralize Sundowns in the heart of the park but their efforts in the final third were not enough to test Denis Onyango.

A few minutes later, Hlompho Kekana was disposed by Dean Furman and the nippy midfielder set up Evans Rusike who beat Motjeka Madisha before unleashing a shot that was easily swallowed by Onyango.

There were few chances created by both sides after the half-hour mark but it was Sundowns that scored from a brilliant build-up in the 32nd minute through Zwane who finished from close range to beat Williams.

Thapelo Morena wasted a wonderful opportunity when Williams’ clearance could only reach Zwane, but the right back’s attempt to curl the ball went wide in the 36th minute.

SuperSport looked to respond through their short passes and Sipho Mbule spotted Furman on the edge of the area but Rusike’s shot at goal went wide off Onyango’s posts.

After the 40th minute, defender Onismor Bhasera came close to scoring an own goal when he attempted to clear Tebogo Langerman’s cross from the left and Kekana also missed the target from his trademark long-range shots.

Sundowns went to the tunnel enjoying a slender lead and it was Sirino who saw his shot sailing wide a brilliant exchange of passes in the final third.

Heading to the 60th minute, Tembo introduced Thamsanqa Gabuza for Luke Fleurs and they were awarded a penalty after Andile Jali fouled Kudalkwashe Mahachi in the box.

Furman stood up and converted from the spot to beat Onyango on the right corner, making it 1-1 in the 54th minute.

Sundowns were sloppy at the back allowing the hosts to have a number of shots at goal, yet they could not trouble the Ugandan netminder.

After 60 minutes of action, Morena looked like he was fouled inside the penalty area but their protests fell on deaf ears as the referee waved play on.

Sundowns resorted to patient build-ups and Morena finally scored with a great finish from close range in the 64th minute to convert Kekana’s cross from the right-wing beating the Bafana Bafana keeper on his near post.

Five minutes later, Gabuza would combine with Bradley Grobler who had a quiet afternoon but the latter’s effort went wide with only Onyango to beat.

Resulting from the win, Sundowns now have 35 points from matches as they sit second on the log table and the reigning MTN8 champions have 31 points from 19 games.

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