Tau & Billiat Maintain Top Spot For Downs
Result: Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0 Chippa United
Date: 04 April 2018
Venue: Loftus Versfeld Stadium
Goals from Percy Tau and Khama Billiat guided Mamelodi Sundowns to a 2-0 win over Chippa United at Loftus Versfeld.
The Brazilians enjoyed a promising start to the encounter, although they struggled to carve out clear-cut openings in the first 15 minutes.
Sundowns shot-stopper Denis Onyango was called upon on 20 minutes as he produced a superb save in a one-on-one situation to keep the scores level.
Three minutes later, Sundowns carved out their first opening as but Anele Ngcongca's effort was blocked by Thabo Rakhale.
Chippa's resolve was eventually broken in the 37th minute as Percy Tau slotted home from close range after Chippa failed to clear their lines.
Sundowns continued to dominate upon resumption in the second half, with Tau causing a number problems in the final third.
Billiat nearly doubled Sundowns' lead in the 68th minute but Chippa shot-stopper Daniel Akpeyi pulled off a wonderful save to keep out the Zimbabwean's free-kick.
With 10 minutes remaining, Sundowns secured the second goal as Billiat managed to break free before slotting past Akpeyi with a neat finish.
That proved to be the final piece of action in the half as Sundowns ran out 2-0 winners to maintain top spot.
Here's how they lined up:
Downs: 14. Onyango, 4. Langerman, 20. Ngcongca, 6. Arendse, 16. Nascimento, 13. Mabunda, 11. Vilakazi, 8. Kekana, 26. Sirino (Zwane 68'), 33. Billiat (Manyisa 90'), 22. Tau.
Subs: 1. Mweene, 32. Madisha, 18. Zwane, 5. Mbekile, 38. Zulu, 19. Brockie, 7. Manyisa.
Chippa: 1. Akpeyi, 4. Macheke, 5. Konqobe, 2. Okwuosa, 7. Mako, 11. Mayambela, 27. Mabaso, 23. Mntambo, 6. Sali (Macuphu 68'), 21. Rakhale (Mbokoma 73'), 32. Lentjies.
Subs: 29. Mhlongo, 17. Macuphu, 35. Bergman, 8. Mzwakali, 37. Seanego, 26. Mbokoma, 22. Modisane.