Sundowns cruise to victory over Baroka

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Gaston Sirino (Gallo Images)
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Mamelodi Sundowns moved five points clear at the top of the DStv Premiership table with a 2-0 victory over Baroka at the Loftus Versfeld stadium on Wednesday.

Gaston Sirino and Peter Shalulile scored the goals in the second half as Masandawana took another giant step towards defending their league title.

Sundowns made their intentions clear early in the contest as Lyle Lakay had a long-range effort go just wide in the third minute.

Baroka though had chances of their own in the first 20 minutes with Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango denying Ananias Gebhardt and Evidence Makgopa.

Masandawana had a golden opportunity to take the lead when when Sirino was put through on goal but instead of shooting himself the midfielder opted to pass to Shalulile who was flagged offside.

It was the visitors who were left kicking themselves as they should have been ahead on the scoreboard in the 32nd minute but Thamsanqa Masiya lobbed his effort over Onyango but just wide of goal after a long ball over the top of the Sundowns defence.

The hosts completely dominated the early stages of the second half and duly took the lead after 63 minutes when substitute Kermit Erasmus' brilliant through ball found Sirino who calmly finished.

Just five minutes later Sundowns doubled their advantage when Shalulile tapped home a rebound from inside the small box after Erasmus' initial effort was well-saved by Baroka shot-stopper Elvis Chipezeze.

The defending league champions should have been out of sight but Erasmus hit the post from point-blank range when it looked easier to score with 20 minutes remaining.

Baroka did have chances to get back into the contest, the best falling to Mfanafuthi Shozi but his volley was cleared off the line by defender Ricardo Nascimento.

Bakgaga finished the game strongly and had some good chances but the excellent Onyango pulled off some superb saves to preserve his clean sheet.

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