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SuperSport United vs Mamelodi Sundowns | Highlights

Mamelodi Sundowns missed the chance to move top of the DStv Premiership table after suffering a 2-1 loss to Tshwane rivals SuperSport United on Friday night.

Sundowns handed Marcelo Allende and Abubaker Nasir their first starts at the expense of Themba Zwane and Khuliso Mudau, while SuperSport recalled defenders Kegan Johannes and Siyabonga Nhlapo after Sunday’s MTN8 loss.

The game had fireworks in the opening exchanges as Thapelo Maseko gave Matsatsantsa the lead on nine minutes with a tap-in after a cross by Iqraam Rayners from a counter-attack.

The Brazilians found chances in their quick attacks, with Peter Shalulile and Nasir leading the line and the Namibian came close to getting the equaliser on 24 minutes with a close-range header that was smothered by goalkeeper George Chigova after a square pass by Neo Maema.

Masandawana slowed the tempo of the game down after the half-hour mark, as they tried to build from the back and they had an opening on the stroke of halftime after Maema went through on goal but Johannes eventually snuffed out the chance.

Sundowns were made to rue those missed chances, as Gavin Hunt’s charges doubled the lead moments later from another counter-attack after Grobler headed home a cross by Rayners.

The Brazilians resisted making changes at half-time as Maema nearly brought them back into the game seven minutes from the restart with a low drive that was greatly repelled by Chigova.

The visitors were frustrated after that and they eventually made a triple change on the hour-mark as Themba Zwane, Sipho Mbule and Bradley Ralani all went in for Mokoena, Maema and Allende.

However, Sundowns were nearly punished for sloppy passes at the back five minutes later after Grobler was teed up by Onismor Bhasera, unmarked in the box but his dipping strike sailed slightly over the crossbar.

Hunt made a defensive change in the last 15 minutes as he brought on Jesse Donn in place of Grobler but as SuperSport sat deep, Johannes was fortunate not to concede a penalty after he tackled Shalulile and caught his leg in the box but the referee was not persuaded.

Nasir pulled a goal back with virtually the last action of the game in stoppage time with a strong header from close-range for his third goal of the season, but it was too little too late as SuperSport held on for the victory.


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