Sundowns back at top of PSL log

2013-12-02 00:00

PRETORIA — Mamelodi Sundowns returned to the top of the PSL standings when they beat Moroka Swallows 2-1 at the Loftus Stadium yesterday afternoon.

Katlego Mashego scored a brace for the Brazilians on the day, with Lerato Chabangu netting for the Birds.

Swallows had their first real attempt at goal when winger Dikgang Mabalane volleyed the ball just wide of goal after the ball had fallen to him on the edge of the box in the 26th minute.

Four minutes later Chabangu was one-on-one with Sundowns ’keeper Kennedy Mweene, but the former Brazilians captain shot straight at the keeper. The home side had their opportunity at the other end seconds later. Khama Billiat did well to skilfully beat his marker and eliminate a few defenders. He then set up Cuthbert Malajila, who toe-poked the ball into the side netting with his left foot.

The game had begun to open up in the latter stages of the first half and the Brazilians would punish Swallows for their erratic defending. Etafia gave a lame pass to his defender and he was dispossessed by Billiat, who unselfishly passed to an unmarked Mashego to tap home into an empty net.

Mashego doubled his tally in the 60th minute when Swallows failed to clear the ball from a corner kick. Rashid Sumalia’s header came off the crossbar and Mashego reacted the quickest of all the players in the box as he headed home from close range.

Two minutes before time, Chabangu reduced the deficit for Swallows. The Swallows skipper beautifully curled his free kick from 20 yards to beat Mweene.

SCORERS:

Mamelodi Sundowns: (1) 2 (Mashego 43’ 60’)

Moroka Swallows: (0) 1 (Chabangu 88’)

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