Sundowns outclass Usuthu in Durban
Posted: 2 March 2018 Time: 16:50
Mamelodi Sundowns stretched their lead at the top of the Absa Premiership to seven points with a 3-1 win over AmaZulu on Friday evening.
Downs made four changes for their tough battle in Umlazi, the notable inclusion seeing Brimah Razak replace Denis Onyango in goal, while Usuthu meant business with a fully strengthened squad.
To add to that, the hosts were looking to do the league double over the Brazilians after winning the reverse fixture earlier this season.
Usuthu came with the best chance of the opening spell when Michael Morton’s shot was cleared off the line by Wayne Arendse.
Mabhuti Khenyeza then lined-up for a free-kick on the edge of the box, but he failed to make the most of the situation.
They would live to rue the missed opportunity as Downs went ahead from the penalty spot through Brazilian-born Ricardo Nascimento in the 24th minute after Percy Tau was hacked down in the box.
Khenyeza came close to finding the equalizer once again and managed to draw a good save from Razak before the half an hour mark.
They eventually drew level from an indirect free-kick, which Mhlengi Cele lashed home on the back of a foul by Razak, who had picked up a back pass from his defence.
Themba Zwane looked to restore the lead for the visitors after being played through by Sibusiso Vilakazi but was denied by Baolefa Pule in added time.
They eventually reclaimed the lead a few minutes into the second half through Vilakazi, who slotted home a supply from Zwane.
The former Bidvest Wits man completed his brace with an easy poke from close range after Zwane’s initial attempt bounced back off the upright.
The game was then halted in the 63rd minute after a group of unruly supporters hurled projectiles at the Downs bench over their displeasure for the third goal, which they presumed to be offside, and which replays suggested they were right to complain.
The game eventually resumed and Pitso Mosimane decided to take off Nascimento for Motjeka Madisha, while George Lebese came on for two-goal hero Vilakazi late on.
Uruguayan Gaston Sirino looked to add a fourth six minutes before time, but shot into the side-netting from a tight angle.
Coach: Cavin Johnson
AWAY: Mamelodi Sundowns
Coach: Pitso Mosimane