Result: Cape Town City 0-2 Mamelodi Sundowns
Date: 04 November 2020
Venue: Cape Town Stadium
Mamelodi Sundowns returned to winning ways in the DStv Premiership after beating Cape Town City 2-0 on Wednesday evening.
Kermit Erasmus returned from illness to face his former side while Hlompho Kekana dropped to the bench. For the Citizens, Fagrie Lakay returned from suspension alongside Shane Roberts in the two changes for City.
Lyle Lakay gave the Brazilians a perfect start with the opener in the eighth minute after a quick set-piece caught the Citizens unaware, with the full-back firing in a low strike past goalkeeper Peter Leeuwenburgh at his near post.
Peter Shalulile should have doubled the lead for the visitors in the 22nd minute after a through ball over the defence sent him one-on-one with Leeuwenburgh but his shot missed the bottom corner by a whisker.
Craig Martin thought he had found the equaliser for the Citizens three minuts later with looping header past shot-stopper Denis Onyango at the near post but the goal was disallowed for offside.
Masandawana kept on getting the better chances but they absorbed the pressure in the closing phase of the first stanza and managed to keep Jan Olde Riekerink's charges at bay to headed to the break.
After a slow start to the second half, Lakay came close in the last 20 minutes with a header that missed agonisingly wide at the back post.
Andile Jali had a brilliant chance to put the game to bed for Sundowns in the last nine minutes after going clear on goal from a counter-attack but his thumping effort at the near post was saved by Leeuwenburgh.
Late substitute Keletso Makgalwa finally got the insurance goal for the Brazilians seven minutes before time just after coming on with a composed finish into the bottom corner after a cut-back by Jali.
Mpho Makola came very close to pulling a goal back for City in the last two minutes with a cracking free-kick from outside the box that rattled the crossbar, with Onyango beaten but Sundowns held on in the end to get their second win of the campaign.
Here's how they lined up:
City: 1. Leeuwenburgh, 2. Mkhize, 3. Mobara, 13. Fielies, 14. Mashego; 21. Mokeke, 26. Nodada, 30. Martin, 18. Roberts, 11. Ralani, 23. Lakay.
Subs: 40. Anderson, 27. Potouridis, 20. Morris, Mahola, 22. Gaxa, 38. Kewuti, 7. Zulu, 9. Prince.
Sundowns: 14. Onyango, 27. Morena, 32. Madisha, 3. Nascimento, 7. Lakay, 18. Zwane, 5. Jali, 40. Coetzee, 21. Mkhulise, 11. Erasmus, 38. Shalulile.
Subs: 1. Mweene, B.Onyango, 6. Mudau, 4. 12. Langerman, Maluleka, 8. Kekana, 23. Domingo, 36. Mkhuma, 23. Makgalwa.