Sundowns surpass 50-point mark with ease

SuperSport United were hoping to end Mamelodi Sundowns’ unbeaten run in the league when they hosted them in the Tshwane derby.

The Brazilians did most of their attacking down the wings as their wingers attempted to play in crosses from wide positions, but SuperSport defended well in the opening stages of the game.

Zimbabwean forward Kingston Nkhatha fired the first shot on target 11 minutes into the game and Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango made a comfortable save.

Eight minutes later, Sundowns winger Khama Billiat cut inside from the left-hand side, before firing over SuperSport keeper Ronwen Williams’ goal-posts.

Another shot from range from Sundowns midfielder Keagan Dolly went just over Williams’ crossbar in the 26th minute as the home side looked to break the deadlock.

In the 38th minute, SuperSport winger Thuso Phala dribbled past Mzikayise Mashaba and fired a low shot which was deflected wide of the target.

Immediately after clearing the resultant corner-kick, Sundowns launched a counter-attack and Asavela Mbekile chipped the ball over on advancing Williams to make it 1-0 to the home side.

The Brazilians were leading 1-0 during the half-time on a rainy Tuesday night in the City of Tshwane.

SuperSport head coach Stuart Baxter made a tactical change at the beginning of the second-half when he replaced midfielder Thabo Mokeke with forward Dove Wome.

In the 58th minute, Matsatsantsa defender Thabo September took the opportunity to get an effort at Sundowns goal, but his attempt failed to trouble Onyango.

Former Kaizer Chiefs striker Nkhatha was next to try his luck from range in the in the 69th minute and his effort went wide of the Sundowns goal-posts.

With 15 minutes to go, Castro’s brilliant pass over the top put Billiat through on goal and the 25-year-old Zimbabwean attacker beat Williams to double Sundowns’ lead.

Matsatsantsa had a chance to pull one back through a corner-kick in the 85th minute, but Sundowns defender Wayne Arendse headed away Phala’s cross from the set-piece.

Ultimately, Sundowns emerged 2-0 winners on the night and they moved ten points clear on the Absa Premiership standings.

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