Sundowns cruised to a 2-0 victory over Polokwane City, their first victory against Rise and Shine in four outings.
Rodney Ramagalela looked lively in the early exchanges, linking up well with his teammates and using his pace to constantly trouble the Downs defense. The striker set up, Vusimuzi Mngomezulu with a lovely back heel pass, was unable to direct his shot goal-wards.
The deadlock was broken in the 17th minute, Sundowns’ top goal scorer Ricardo Nascimento added to his tally with a glancing header into the top corner.
The game settled into the expected rhythm with Downs having more of the possession and Polokwane looking to hit them on the counter attack.
Some lovely interplay between Maboe and Morena almost culminated in a debut for Maboe but his shot was expertly defended.
The midfield combination of Mabunda and Manyisa worked effectively on the night, Rise and Shine were unable to string together any passes in the midfield.
The game lost a bit of rhythm due to a lengthy injury break – Dennis Onyango had to be stretchered into an ambulance after a collision with Wagaba.
Masandawana were able to double their lead early in the second half, some lackluster defending by Polokwane’s defense let Maboe sneak in at the back post to header home a Lakay cross.
Sundowns turned on the tricks and flicks and probably should have added to their goal tally, however they were unable to make decisive decisions in the final third.
Polokwane City rallied late into the second half but were unable to cause any real problems for Sundowns.
Pitso Mosimane certainly cut an elated figure on the touchline; the win takes Sundowns to second on the log, two points behind Wits.
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