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And we're getting ready for the replay of Saturday's rained out match here at Chatsworth. The sun is out, there are some clouds and a bit of wind so hopefully everything will be right for match conditions at 3pm this afternoon. Look forward to sharing the match with you later this afternoon.
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Sundowns: 1 K. Mweene, 4 G. Kekana, 21 S. Mkhulise, 13 D. Lunga, 15 A. Jali, 18 T. Zwane, 17 A. Modiba, 26 T. Mokoena, 25 K. Mudau, 32 T. Kutumela, 38 P. Shalulile, 35 N. Maema. Replacements: 33 L. Maboe, 22 L. Kapinga, 10 G. Sirino, 31 P. Maraisane, 23 H. Domingo, 29 B. Ralani, 27 T. Morena.
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Royal AM: 16 H. Nyamé, 14 T. Matlaba, 13 L. Manganyi, 9 M. Macuphu, 8 L. Phalane, 12 K. Mahlasela, 5 J. Dlamini, 11 T. Potsane, 2 S. Msomi, 17 M. Mogaila, 21 V. Letsoalo. Replacements: 30 T. Monamodi, 42 J. Ncobeni, 50 M. Masuku, 10 N. Mabena, 25 M. Mpoto, 18 G. Mashikinya, 45 S. George, 34 M. Thikazi, 7 Dominguês
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Sundowns beat Royal AM 3-2 at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium earlier in the season. Royal AM were 3-0 down heading into the last 10 minutes before a brace from Victor Letsoalo (including a penalty in the 90th minute) gave the hosts a late scare.
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Sundowns have won 21 of the meetings between the two sides. Royal AM have claimed five wins while nine encounters ended with the scores even.
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Royal AM have drawn three and won one of their last five matches, while Sundowns have won two and drawn two of their last five matches.
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Sundowns are on top of the log with 62 points and have secured the Premier Soccer League title for 2021/22. Their nearest challengers are Cape Town City on 49 points.
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Royal AM are in 3rd place on the log with 46 points, just three points behind 2nd-placed Cape Town City and equal on points with Kaizer Chiefs. Royal AM have a game in hand over both sides and will be motivated by the lure of a Caf Champions League spot for next season if they finish the season in second place.
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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Premier Soccer League match between Royal AM and Mamelodi Sundowns at Chatsworth Stadium.
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Royal AM burst through into the Sundowns box and Letsoala shapes to shoot but the defender blocks him and there's a nasty clash of legs and Letsoala needs some medical attention… but he's back on his feet after a minute.
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Kick-off! We are underway here at a bright and sunny Chatsworth Stadium.
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Sundowns with the ball now, playing it short and sharp and searching for that gap in the Royal AM defence.
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Matlaba with a good pass down the right for Royal AM to threaten the Sundowns box but they are pushed back to the halfway line.
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Royal AM with another good drive down the left but the ball runs out for a Sundowns goal-kick, which they take short and look to slowly move it upfield.
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Mogaila with an excellent tackle wins possession for Royal AM who push forward before Dlamini's attempt at a deep cross flies into the crowd way right of the posts.
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Mogailo gets the ball in a beautiful position to shoot in the Sundowns box but he slips as he hits the ball and it slides tamely out for a goal-kick. Excellent attack at pace by Royal AM.
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Free-kick for Sundowns close to the centre circle but inside the Royal AM half… ball bobbles out of the goalmouth but Royal AM get the free-kick.
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GOAL, SUNDOWNS, SIRINO! 0-1; Sirino darts into the box and strokes a first-time volley inside the right upright, spectacular goal. The cross in was from a few metres inside the Royal AM half so Sirino's control and accuracy was world-class.
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Another quick move by Royal AM allows them to attack the Sundowns box, but the cross in is tame and Mweene pouches it without concern.
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There's a clash of players now on the edge of the Royal AM box and both sides have a man down on the canvas. Not clear which way the referee might point after blowing his whistle, but both players look to have recovered.
15'
Kutumela looked to pass through to a team-mate but he missed the ball and connected with the Royal AM defender Phalane, who took the full force of the blow on his shin. Both men are up waiting for the ref to bring them back into play.
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Royal AM moving up the left wing now, the crowd drumming their approval with great excitement.
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Royal AM testing Sundowns on the right flank now, before switching quickly to the left, where Mudau forces the ball out for a throw-in.
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Shalulile with a good run onto a ball over top but he's flagged offsides.
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Sundowns with a corner from the right… cleared without concern and Sundowns are pushed all the way back to their keeper.
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Sundowns penalised for breaking up a promising Royal AM break and it's a free-kick in a dangerous position…
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Beautiful ball lofted into the box but Lunga heads it away for a corner.
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Letsoala gets his head to the corner but it bounces tamely into Mweene's hands.
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Good ball over the top from Sundown but Royal AM push it out for the throw-in. Both sides showing some pace and positivity on attack.
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Phalane with the free-kick inside the Royal AM half, and Kekana clears from the Sundowns box.
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YELLOW CARD, SUNDOWNS, MOKOENA! 0-1; Mokoena follows through on a Royal AM attack down the left flank.
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A perfectly delivered free-kick into the Sundowns box is headed away from danger and Sundowns have possession.
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Royal AM now attacking down the left flank and win a free-kick, but an overly ambitious pass gives Sundowns the throw-in.
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Potsane bursts into the box and collides with Mweene who stood his ground as the ball bounce out for a goal-kick. Royal AM players questioned the decision without luck.
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Long ball into the Royal AM box but Nyame collects it and runs the ball out to his defenders to mount a counter-attack.
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Nice interplay by Royal AM but they lose possession with an overly ambitious pass.
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Shalulile gets the ball in the Royal AM block and shapes to shoot but he's closed down by the defence.
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Royal AM working the ball backwards and forwards across the Sundowns box before a weak shot from distance bobbles tamely out for a goal-kick.
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Matlaba with a good strike at the Sundowns goal but the congested box doesn't allow his shot through, and Sundowns push upfield on attack.
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Sadly Mokoena is being stretchered off the field but it looks like he's hoping to get back on the park.
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Both sides have a man down getting medical attention.
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Letsoalo with the cross but Potsane's shot on goal is blocked at close range.
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Mokoena is back and he charges through the Royal AM midfield and plays a lovely cross in, but Royal AM deny its passage.
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Royal AM with an attack on goal but the cross is too deep and Sundowns reclaim possession.
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HALF-TIME, ROYAL AM 0-1 SUNDOWNS. Both sides have shown attacking intent, and Royal AM have shown some promise up the left flank, but Sundowns are looking worthy champions for their control of the ball.
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Mogaila delivers it beautifully on the six-yard line where Letsoalo gets his head to it but it balloons gently for Mweene to claim the ball above head-height, and with that the ref brings the half to a close.
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Royal AM win a corner that might be the last action of the half…
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There will be two minutes of added time.
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Lovely passing from Royal AM up the right flank, but they drift offsides to allow Sundowns to clear the danger.
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Kick-off! We are back underway here for the second-half.
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Sloppy from Sundowns and Royal AM are on the attack down the left flank, but Sundowns clear and win a free kick.
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GOAL, SUNDOWNS, KUTUMELA! 0-2; Kutumela makes himself available on the opposite side of the box and he controls the cross and side-foots it across Nyame into the goal. Nyame looked as if he was expecting it to go wide and could perhaps have gathered that shot, but Sundowns and their fans don't care - it's two goals to nil!
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SUBSTITUTIONS, ROYAL AM. Ncobeni replaces Msomi and Thikazi is on for Macuphu as Royal AM ring the offensive changes desperate for a goal to keep their CL hopes alive.
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YELLOW CARD, ROYAL AM, MATLABA! 0-2; Matlaba sees yellow for a heavy-handed tackle from behind on Kutumela.
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Good ball deep into the Sundowns box and Royal AM with good pressure on Sundowns, but the attack breaks down and Sundowns move the ball upfield… but Royal AM regains possession.
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Thikazi runs onto a through ball and gets a good strike with his left foot from inside the Sundowns box, but his shot slides wide of the goals.
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Potsane rises to header high over the Sundowns goal after another goal attacking move.
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Maema in the box with a powerful strike but Nyame up against the posts blocks the shot which was from just five yards out.
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GOAL, SUNDOWNS, SHALULILE! 0-3; a great break and Mokoena one-on-one with the keeper, passes to his left where Shalulile shepherds it into the box.
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SAVED! Letsoala's kick is too soft and Mweene is fast to dive to his left to block it, and it's out for a corner. WHAT DRAMA!
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DRAMA! Kekana brings Letsoalo down and the referee blows for a penalty for Royal AM.
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Royal AM with food possession inside the Sundowns box but the champions clear the danger and win a free-kick.
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Royal still pressuring but can't break through the solid Sundown wall.
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GOAL, ROYAL AM, LETSOALA! 1-3; good ball into the Sundowns box, ball passed square to Letsoala who punches it home to open the scoring for the home side.
70'
Maema in the Royal AM box steadies himself and fires in a beautiful, curling shot but Manganyi heads clear.
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Sundowns in the clear, two men against the keeper, but the pass is too strong and Royal AM survive.
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SUBSTITUTIONS, SUNDOWNS. Sundowns pile on fresh legs for the last 18 minutes. Maraisane comes on for Kutumela, Vilakazi replaces Mkhulise.
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Potsane with a superb strike but Mweene taps it over for a corner.
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GOAL, ROYAL AM, MOGAILA! 2-3; Mogaila jumps on a loose ball from the corner and powers it into the back of the net. We have a game here make no mistake!
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Sundowns with the corner…whipped in but cleared by Royal AM who push on the attack and win a free-kick near the edge of the box. This is dangerous for Sundowns.
78'
Royal AM flooding the Sundowns box creating some nervy moments, but the danger is cleared.
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Sundowns clear the danger but handle the ball and it's another free-kick, but this time Sundowns clear and retain possession.
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CLOSE! Letsoala is released on the right flank and he whips his shot across the goalmouth from inside the box. The shot passes comfortably wide but Sundowns hearts were in their mouths for a moment there!
82'
Letsoala again in the box from a good cross but he can't get enough power on his effort and Sundowns clear.
83'
Sundowns finally with some possession and they work the ball back upfield.
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SUBSTITION, SUNDOWNS, MVALA! 2-3; Mvala comes on for Sirino.
86'
Royal AM on the attack, a good cross into the box is headed clear, but they retain possession and are back attacking the Sundowns goal, and they win a free-kick in line with the Sundowns box.
88'
Royal AM get off two shots but the Sundowns box is too crowded, but Royal AM have possession still, but Masuku pushes off-sides.
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Mweene rushes to the edge of his box to header clear as Letsoalo competed for the ball, and they're both on the ground needing attention.
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FULL-TIME! ROYAL AM 2-3 MAMELODI SUNDOWNS. What a thrilling finish to the match, Sundowns proving their championship status by getting the big lead and then absorbing the pressure as Royal AM fought back superbly to challenge for the match right up to the end. Thank you for sharing the excitement (and the sunshine) with us here from Chatsworth. Have a great evening.
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YELLOW CARD, SUNDOWNS, MWEENE! 2-3; Mweene is carded for time-wasting.
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An overly ambitious ball over the top for Thikazi, who chases it manfully and gets his cross in, but he can't keep it in play and it's out for the goal-kick.
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SO CLOSE! Great burst into the Sundowns box and Royal AM were about to shoot before Sundowns robbed them of possession.
Royal AM
Mamelodi Sundowns
2
Goal Scorers
3
70' Letsoalo S...
76' Mogaila Sh...
13' Sirino Gaston
49' Kutumela T...
61' Shalulile ...
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Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
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11
Squad
11
Msomi Siphe...
Dlamini Jef...
Phalane Lan...
Macuphu Mxo...
Potsane Tebogo
Mahlasela K...
Manganyi Le...
Matlaba Thabo
Nyame Hugo
Mogaila Shaune
Letsoalo Se...
2
5
8
9
11
12
13
14
16
17
21
1
4
7
10
13
21
25
26
32
35
38
Mweene Kennedy
Grant Kekan...
Lakay Lyle
Sirino Gaston
Lunga Devine
Mkhulise Sp...
Mudau Khuliso
Mokoena Teboho
Kutumela Th...
Maema Neo
Shalulile P...
9
Reserves
7
Pelembe Dom...
Mabena Ndumiso
Ncubeni Jab...
Masuku Menzi
Mashikinya ...
Mpoto Mondli
George Sedwyn
Thikazi Mfundo
Monamodi Ts...
7
10
42
50
18
25
45
34
30
5
24
39
20
17
31
34
Lebusa Mosa
Vilakazi Si...
Saavedra Erwin
Goss Ricardo
Maphosa Mod...
Maraisane P...
Mvala Mothobi