Mamelodi Sundowns opened up a three-point lead at the top of the DStv Premiership standings with a 2-0 victory over Baroka FC at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Sundowns had the first attempt in the second minute when Ricardo Nascimento floated the a long-range pass into the box for Aubrey Modiba, who chested the ball into the path of Peter Shalulile and he produced a fine first-time volley after letting the ball bounce which was pushed away to his right by a diving Oscarine Masuluke in the Bakgaga goal.
The Brazilians then won a free-kick right on the edge of the box, with Themba Zwane firing towards the top right-hand corner before Masuluke produced another fine diving save - this time to the opposite side.
The visitors came the closest they had to scoring thus far in the 14th minute when Shalulile got on the end of a Lyle Lakay cross into the box and headed goal-wards but unfortunately for the Namibian international his effort rebounded off the crossbar and back out.
The hosts had their first attempt in the 18th minute when Rivaldo Coetzee gave the ball away just in front of the back four with the ball being fed to Kgodiso Monamo, who fired his effort wide of the right-hand post from just outside of the box.
Sundowns 'keeper Denis Onyango then came up with a big save to deny Monamo with his second opportunity in quick succession.
Ten minutes before the break, Manuel Kambala tried his luck from range and although the Mozambican midfielder made a good connection with his strike, it was comfortably wide of the target.
Sundowns and Shalulile rattled the crossbar for the second match in a row in first-half stoppage time as the hosts escaped to the break without conceding.
Ten minutes after the interval, Lakay got in on the overlap and fired away from an acute angle from the right-hand side with his effort being saved by the legs of Masuluke.
Lakay would not be denied soon afterwards when 'Downs won a free-kick on the edge of the box. He used the wall as a shield, curling the ball around the group and into the far corner past an unsighted Masuluke, who was rooted to the spot.
Gaston Sirino made his long-awaited return to the Brazilians team when he replaced Modiba on the hour mark. And he forced Masuluke into having to tip the ball over the bar with a swerving effort soon afterwards.
Then, Sibusiso Vilakazi's half-volley brought an excellent save out of the Bakgaga shot-stopper once again. George Maluleka then curled a superb free-kick right on the edge of the box and it was heading for the top-right only for Masuluke to claw it away once again.
However moments later, Themba Zwane curled the ball into the far corner after being played in by Sirino to put the game to bed on the stroke of stoppage time.
- TEAMtalk media