Sundowns XI: Mweene, Morena, Lakay, Nascimento, Madisha, Jali, Coetzee, Maboe, Erasmus, Zwane, Shalulile. Subs: Goss, Mudau, Lebusa, Maluleka, Kekana, Langerman, Domingo, Mkhuma, Makgalwa.
AmaZulu XI: Mbatha, Gumede, Mabiliso, Khumalo, Booysen, Makhaula, Sithebe, Mlambo, Memela, Mulenga, Majoro. Subs: N.Boshoff, T.Xoki, N.Mandela, T.Sikhakhane, S.Magaqa, S.Darpoh, S.Magubane, T.Chawapihwa, S.Ntsundwana
Defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns have started with seven points from three games and look well-positioned to lead the pack again, but AmaZulu are one of the dark horses this season having undergone a change of ownership in the off-season and made some big-name signings during the off-season.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this DStv Premiership clash between Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu at Loftus Versfeld.
KICK-OFF! The match is underway at Loftus Versfeld.
Memela spins and shoots from long range, but Kennedy Mweene holds on and makes a comfortable save.
There's an issue with the pressure of one of the balls, but it's resolved as a suitable ball is put into play.
The tempo of this game is quite slow in the early stages with Mamelodi Sundowns keeping the ball.
Memela is looking lively in the early stages as he keeps the ball away from his opponents on AmaZulu's left flank and passes back for Mulenga, but the Zambia international is unable to keep the ball in play.
Mlambo plays Majoro in behind. Mweene rushes out to intercept and gets there first, colliding with Majoro, but the offside flag is up in any case.
GOAL, AMAZULU, MAJORO! 0-1: AmaZulu pounce on an error from Sundowns at the back. It starts when Madisha chests the ball to Nascimento under pressure and then the Brazilian's sloppy back-pass is intercepted by Majoro and he beats Mweene to put the visitors ahead!
Sundowns are playing a patient game, while AmaZulu are putting pressure on them via Majoro causing problems on the break.
GOAL, SUNDOWNS, ZWANE! 1-1: Zwane passes to Shalulile, who turns and passes back. AmaZulu are caught out at the back and Zwane fires past Mbatha at the near post! All square!
GOAL, SUNDOWNS, ZWANE! 2-1: Zwane cuts inside from the right flank with an exquisite piece of dribbling and squeezes his shot past Mbatha at the far post, firing Sundowns in front!
Shalulile goes for goal from outside the box and fires off target. Sundowns have really gained the impetus.
Majoro catches Coetzee on the follow-through and Sundowns get a free-kick in their own corner.
GOAL, SUNDOWNS, ZWANE! 3-1: Lovely from Sundowns. It starts with a throw-in and Erasmus holds the ball up superbly before laying up Zwane, who effortlessly dinks the ball into the bottom corner, past the despairing dive of Siyabonga Mbatha!
AmaZulu continue to press Sundowns at the back and look to catch them out from time to time with the ball in behind for Majoro. This is a fascinating tactical battle between two quality sides.
AmaZulu look to counter and win a free-kick as Nascimento body-checks Memela. The Sundowns captain on the day appears to have avoided a yellow card, which is fortunate.
Sundowns have AmaZulu on the back foot once again, but then Shalulile's pass to Zwane is intercepted.
Memela puts plenty of power on his free-kick from deep, but the whistle is blown and the decision goes the way of Sundowns -- presumably for some pushing and shoving in the box.
Jali looks to pick out Erasmus, but his ball is headed behind for a corner by Gumede.
Memela looks to pick out Sithebe inside the box, but the pass just goes astray and Mweene collects.
The corner from Sundowns' left comes in and is spilled by Mbatha. It's not convincingly cleared by Mlambo, meaning that Nascimento has a chance at the far post. However, he fails to get a clean strike away and AmaZulu survive.
HALF-TIME: MAMELODI SUNDOWNS 3-1 AMAZULU. Majoro gave AmaZulu the lead but a Zwane hat-trick has given Sundowns the lead going into the break.
We're into three minutes of stoppage time at the end of what has been an entertaining end-to-end first half.
Makhaula goes for goal from long range, but blazes over the bar.
KICK-OFF! AmaZulu get the second half underway as they look to recover from a first half Themba Zwane masterclass.
PENALTY! Handball from Nascimento and AmaZulu have a penalty!
GOAL, AMAZULU, MEMELA! 3-2: Mweene makes the save from the initial penalty, but Memela follows up and scores at the second attempt! Game on!
AmaZulu have their tails up again as Majoro is released by the ball in behind, but the offside flag is up!
Erasmus has a go at goal from the edge of the box, but his shot deflects into Mbatha's path.
Khumalo shoots from just outside the box on the turn, but fires just wide of Mweene's goal.
Zwane re-enters the field of play without the referee's permission having left to get a new jersey. He picks up a yellow card for that.
Erasmus robs an opponent of the ball and goes for goal from inside the box, but fires wide of the target.
GOAL, SUNDOWNS, SHALULILE! 4-2: Shalulile heads home from a corner at the far post! AmaZulu have looked shaky from corners so far in this game and Lakay picks out Shalulile with Mbatha coming out and grasping at thin air!
Chawapihwa comes on in place of Sithebe for AmaZulu!
GOAL, AMAZULU, KHUMALO! 4-3: Khumalo heads home at the far post from a corner! Game on!
Erasmus goes for goal from just outside the box, but Mbatha makes the save.
Booysen heads at the far post off a corner, but his effort goes off target.
Memela plays Majoro in behind and Madisha slides in on him. He appears to get the ball, but a free-kick is given. Is it a red card? No! Yellow!
Magaqa is on in place of Mlambo for AmaZulu.
Memela dinks the free-kick over the wall, but Mweene is able to shuffle across and hold on.
Memela has gone into the book, picking up a yellow card.
Nascimento has an opportunity at the back post from a free-kick, but he heads just over the bar.
The offside flag goes up against Majoro. That was a tight call, but he fired off target anyway. Sundowns bring Mudau on for Shalulile. Makgalwa is also on.
Mbatha spills a corner but then redeems himself with a great save from a close range Nascimento effort.
This continues to be an end-to-end game. Mweene collects a cross. He then goes down and two Sundowns substitutes come on. Kekana and Domingo are on. Zwane and Maboe have made way.
The offside flag goes up against AmaZulu, but that decision appears to be incorrect.
Makgalwa goes down in the area and is yellow-carded for simulation. If there was contact, it was light.
FULL-TIME: MAMELODI SUNDOWNS 4-3 AMAZULU. A thoroughly entertaining game ends with Mamelodi Sundowns claiming all three points and going top of the table. AmaZulu fought hard, but this game will be remembered primarily for Themba Zwane's hat-trick.
Nascimento fouls Ntsundwana and is perhaps fortunate to escape a card. Again, Memela's delivery is steered clear. AmaZulu work the ball to Majoro, but his shot is blocked.
Lakay concedes a free-kick and picks up a yellow card -- presumably for dissent. Memela's delivery from AmaZulu's right is headed away.
Already, Ntsundwana has picked up a yellow card for a foul on Madisha. Morena is receiving medical attention.
Ntsundwana comes on for AmaZulu as five minutes of stoppage time are added on.