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Stunning Shalulile brace sees gritty Sundowns beat Pirates to maintain Premiership top spot

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Mamelodi Sundowns players celebrate with Peter Shalulile (Gallo Images)
Mamelodi Sundowns players celebrate with Peter Shalulile (Gallo Images)

Two superb finishes by star striker Peter Shalulile gave dominant Mamelodi Sundowns a 2-0 victory against Orlando Pirates at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday.

AS IT HAPPENED | Orlando Pirates 0-2 Mamelodi Sundowns 

The deserved win ensured the Brazilians remained at the top of the DStv Premiership standings with 13 points as the Buccaneers tasted defeat for the first time this season in the league.

After a goalless first-half, Masandawana increased their attacking intent in the second stanza and were rewarded duly for the efforts.

An unmarked Shalulile completed a stunning move by Sundowns as his venomous right-footed strike rattled the back of the net on the edge of the penalty area.

The Namibian added his second goal as Lyle Lakay's curling cross from the left flank found the 27-year-old roaming the danger area and finishing with precision from a tight angle.

Pirates, who remain without a head coach, did create opportunities of their own but were denied on two occasions by Denis Onyango's goalkeeping heroics.

Meanwhile, Sundowns are back in action at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Tuesday against Golden Arrows in the MTN8 semi-final second leg (18:00).

The Buccaneers now have seven days to right their wrongs before taking on Cape Town City next Saturday in the Mother City at Cape Town Stadium (17:00).

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