Downs Sink City In Five-Goal Thriller To Move Top
Result: Mamelodi Sundowns 3-2 Cape Town City
Date: 27 February 2019
Venue: Loftus Versfeld Stadium
Mamelodi Sundowns grabbed top spot in the Absa Premiership with an entertaining 3-2 victory over Cape Town City at Loftus Versfeld on Wednesday evening.
Masandawana re-shuffled their line-up severely from the draw with Bidvest Wits, as goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene, Rivaldo Coetzee, Tebogo Langerman, Anthony Laffor, Andile Jali and Gaston Sirino were handed starting berths.
The hosts were threatening to go ahead in the early stages and they found it quite easy to get beyond the City defence with the long-ball over the top, although they were let down by their finishing.
With 23 minutes gone, Maboe finally broke the deadlock after latching onto Langerman's long-ball before rifling the ball beyond a helpless Peter Leeuwenburgh for his sixth league goal of the campaign.
Leeuwenburgh was certainly the busier of the two goalkeepers as the City shot-stopper was called upon to deny the likes of Langerman and Maboe in the latter stages of the first half.
The Citizens, who netted three goals in their last match, really found it tough mount any serious openings at goal as Mweene enjoyed a relatively quiet opening 45 minutes.
Three minutes into the second half, McCarthy’s men were awarded a penalty when Langerman was deemed to have handled the ball in the box, which allowed Norodien to slot home and level matters.
The equaliser seemed to fire up Sundowns more than anything as Laffor restored the lead for the Brazilians on the hour-mark with a superb half-volley from the edge of the box that left Leeuwenburgh with no chance.
Themba Zwane should have have opened a two-goal cushion for Masandawana in the 66th minute after being teed up by Sirino in the centre of the box, but he guided his side-footed shot wide with the net gaping.
The third goal eventually arrived with three minutes remaining in the second half, with Phakamani Mahlambi sealing the win after he was unselfishly teed up by Zwane.
Kermit Erasmus did reduce the deficit for the Citizens with a smashing left-footed effort from distance to give the visitors some hope, but the Brazilians were able to see out the closing stages to claim three points, which sees them leapfrog Bidvest Wits at the summit.
Here's how they lined up:
Sundowns: 1. Mweene, 16. Ngcongca, 3. Nascimento (Lebusa 64'), 20. Coetzee, 4. Langerman, 5. Jali, 8. Kekana, 28. Laffor, (Lakay 87') 18. Zwane, 33. Maboe, 26. Sirino.
Subs: 31. Pieterse, 13. Mabunda, 34. Mahlambi, 12. Tade, 32. Madisha, 23. Lakay, 2. Lebusa.
City: 1. Leeuwenburgh, 2. Mkhize, 12. Fielies, 15. Cupido, 5. Edmilson (Seedat 47'), 21. Mokeke, 8. Modise (Kewuti 46'), 30. Martin, 7. Links, 17. Norodien, 25. Mthembu.
Subs: 16. Stephens, 24. Graham, 45. Mngonyama, 38. Kewuti, 6. Seedat, 11. Ralani, 33. Erasmus.