Mamelodi Sundowns are strolling in direction of ending the primary spherical of the DStv Premiership on high of the log and unbeaten after they did simply sufficient to defeated Baroka FC 2-Zero to register their seventh victory of the season in Polokwane on Saturday.
Lyle Lakay’s 56th-minute free-kick and Themba Zwane’s 90th-minute strike gave the Brazilians all of the spoils at Peter Mokaba Stadium‚ serving to Sundowns stretch their lead over second-placed Swallows FC by three factors.
Baroka completed the match with 10 males after Denwin Farmer fouled Peter Shalulile simply exterior the realm a couple of minutes earlier than Zwane wrapped up the sport along with his eight aim of the season to attract degree once more with SuperSport United’s Bradley Grobler on the high of the scorer’s checklist.
The defending champions took their factors tally within the result in 24‚ that means they’ve solely dropped six factors from a attainable 30 with 5 matches left earlier than they full the primary spherical.
The victory additionally retains the Brazilians heading in the right direction to do what has by no means been accomplished by any membership within the Premier Soccer League period – successful the championship in 4 successive seasons.
Solely Sundowns (1997 to 2000 and 2017 to 2020) and SuperSport United (2007 to 2010) have gained the Premiership thrice in a row. The best way the Brazilians have began the present marketing campaign below the management of Manqoba Mngqithi and Rulani Mokwena‚ who changed Pitso Mosimane‚ bodes nicely for them breaking one other extraordinary document in SA soccer.
There was a whole lot of huffing and puffing within the scorching solar of Limpopo within the goalless first stanza during which solely Peter Shalulile got here near giving the guests the lead within the 14th and 45th minutes when his nice headers ricocheted off the bar with Oscarine Masuluke within the Baroka aim nicely overwhelmed.
With Sundowns bossing possession and giving the house crew little time and area on the ball counterattacking was the one choice for Baroka and so they did bother their opponents on just a few events when their strikes one way or the other got here collectively.
Sundowns continued the place they left off within the second half‚ bombarding the Baroka space with as many assaults for under Masuluke to maintain them at bay with some excellent saves earlier than the lanky gloveman was overwhelmed by Lakay’s beautiful low free-kick from simply exterior the realm.
Masuluke had additionally denied Mothobi Mvala his second aim of the season tipping over his thumping header from Rivaldo Coetzee’s well-floated nook kick a couple of minutes earlier than Lakay broke the impasse.
After successful this match Sundowns will eagerly await the results of Sunday’s Soweto derby between Swallows and Orlando Pirates – a crew they beat 1-Zero final weekend.
A draw or a loss for Swallows will swimsuit the Brazilians simply effective forward of assembly their Tshwane rivals SuperSport on Saturday.