Sundowns thrash Leopards 5-2

2013-05-07 22:05

Mamelodi Sundowns beat Black Leopards 5-2 in their Absa Premiership match at Peter Mokaba Stadium today.

The first half was littered with goals, producing no fewer than four, as Sundowns were off to a three-goal lead inside the first half hour, only for Leopards to pull one back before the break.

Ultimately the fire power of Sundowns was too much for bottom of the log Black Leopards, as the visitors added two in the second period and the home side one.

For Sundowns the win helps their hopes of finishing in the top eight of the table at the end of the season.

With the three points in the bag Sundowns move up one spot to 10th on the log with 35 points and two games remaining.

Leopards, meanwhile, had their negative goal difference fall to minus 25 as they remain rock bottom with 23 points with two games left and their future in top-flight football looking increasingly bleak.

The opener came for Sundowns in the fifth minute. Elias Pelembe provided a defence piercing pass and Teko Modise controlled the ball with a good touch, before shooting past Posnett Omony in the Black Leopards goal to make it 1-0.

Five minute later Sundowns had their second when Pelembe went from provider to scorer.

After receiving the ball on the edge of the area, his confident strike easily found the back of the net as the visitors raced to a 2-0 lead.

Sundowns player Nyasha Mushekwi rose to a tremendous height in the area in the 24th minute, and his towering header was directed low to Omony's right, but the keeper was able to pull off a fine reaction save.

Four minutes later Hlompho Kekana made it 3-0 to Sundowns. Kekana's swerving free kick from 35 metres out rocketed into the bottom right corner of goal, as the visitors picked up their third.

In the 36th minute the Brazillians were gifted another header from a corner as an unmarked Alje Schut banged the ball into the side netting.

Leopards finally got something out of the first half with a goal in the 38th minute. Mongezi Bobe connected with a free kick in the Sundowns box with a perfectly timed header which found the bottom left of goal to make it 3-1.

Sundowns restored their three-goal advantage in the 50th minute as Mushekwi snapped up the spilt ball from an initial shot from Richard Henyekane to fire home and make it 4-1 to the visitors.

The home side scored their second in the 59th minute when Tiyane Mabunda produced a powerful slicing strike which curved into the right hand side of goal as the score changed to 4-2.

In the 71st minute Sundowns scored their fifth through another Pelembe strike. Pelembe received the ball near the sideline but made his way into the box, and weaved his way past two defenders and fired home from close range to make it 5-2 to Sundowns.

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