MAMELODI Sundowns served notice that they will not give up their Absa Premiership title without a fight after they beat Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 at Loftus Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Brazilians – who are well behind in their domestic schedule due to winning the CAF Champions League – put in a classy and dominant performance to come from a goal down and defeat the Amakhosi.
The kick-off was delayed 15 minutes as a security measure, due to the large number of spectators still making their way into the stadium as 15h30 approached.
Sundowns enjoyed the better chances in the first half and only some heroic defending from Sibusiso Khumalo and Lorenzo Gordinho prevented Anthony Laffor from opening the scoring in the 25th minute.
Chiefs generally played on the counter attack and they claimed the lead somewhat against the run of play in the 39th minute, with Ramahlwe Mphahlele’s cross-shot from the right of the box drifting over Denis Onyango to find the back of the net.
However, the Brazilians hit back just two minutes later, with a sweeping move ending with Keagan Dolly teeing up Tebogo Langerman to fire a left-footed shot past Itumeleng Khune’s left-hand to make it 1-1.
Sundowns started the second half brightly and claimed the lead eight minutes after the restart, with Percy Tau doing some fine work in the box before seeing his effort blocked on the line by a defender, only for Sibusiso Vilakazi to easily score from the rebound.
The hosts should have been awarded a penalty just under 20 minutes later when Tau showed a great piece of skill in the box, only to be baulked by a combination of Mphahlele and Willard Katsande.
Yet referee Daniel Bennett ignored the pleas for a blatant penalty before booking Tau for his remonstrations.
The Brazilians continued to pile on the pressure and Chiefs needed Itumeleng Khune to make an excellent save to keep out a goal-bound header from Anthony Laffor in the 78th minute and a fine long-range effort from Dolly in injury time.
Mamelodi Sundowns (1) 2 (Langerman 41’, Vilakazi 53’)
Kaizer Chiefs (1) 1 (Mphahlele 39’)
Sundowns: Onyango, Langerman, Nascimento, Arendse, Kekana, Mabunda (Mohomi 69’), Laffor (Castro 82’), Dolly, Morena, Vilakazi (Nthethe 88’), Tau
Chiefs: Khune, Mphahlele, Gordinho, Mathoho, Khumalo (Chirambadare 42’), Katsande, Cardoso, Maluleka, Tshabalala (Buchanan 63’), Katsvairo, Macha (Parker 46’)
Meanwhile in Polokwane, Baroka FC played to a 1-1 draw against the visiting SuperSport United at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.-Backpage TXT