Polokwane Edge Downs23/Aug/2017 06:42
The Polokwane side won 2-1 to get their first three pointer, but for Sundowns coach, he will be going back to the proverbial drawing board to work not only at scoring goals but also tightening his defensive line.
It was City’s first victory away from home against the African champions, and their first goals in the current campaign following a goalless draw in their opener and had gone winless against the Brazilians in their last seven outings.
The Tshwane Giants surged into early attacks, with new signing Thokozani Sekotlong making his presence felt.
Percy Tau’s early shot came close, and in the fourth minute Sekotlong shot from range to force George Chigova into a save.
Minutes later Sundowns were given a scare when Thapelo Tshilo cluttered into Tau, who went down and need treatment. The fans and technical team must have sighed with relief when he returned to the field.
Tau played through Sekotlong, and the former Free State Stars player fluffed it. He was to miss another gilt edged strike which was saved by the City goalie.
Denis Onyango was tested by Rodney Ramagalela whose shot just went wide , and Motjeka Madisha intercepted another effort.
The Brazilians continued their attacks, and Tshilo was given a caution for a tackle.
Sekotlong then made a run on the right and crossed for Tau, with Chigova once more saving.
City took the lead when Jabulani Maluleka sent through Magalela, and the striker worked his way into the box. His cut back from the byline was intercepted by Oupa Manyisa with the ball falling back fortuitously for Ramagalela who made no mistake from close range to give City the lead.
Tshilo went into Themba Zwane with a two-footed attack, but was fortunate that an off side ruling had already been called.
Chigova saved another Tau effort, but as the half drew to a close City were gaining in confidence, and they launched several counters to keep Sundowns from playing their normal game.
The teams went into the break with City ahead.
In the second half, Sundowns once more went into the attack. Several scoring chances later, Sundowns won a penalty, and Lebese stepped up to score his first goal for his new team in the 55th minute after a handball in the box by Tshilo.
With the score level, the two teams went into each other, but it was Ramagalela who broke through to lob the ball over an advancing Onyango to give his side a 2-1 lead.
Sundowns seemed to go into a shell, and the visitors took the upper hand to dominate the game.
Mosimane brought on Yannick Zakri for Sekotlong, and Anthony Laffor for Lebese. In spite of their efforts, it seemed that the visitors were more likely to score.
As the clock ticked on, Sundowns tried hard to break through, but the visitors kept their defence compact, and reinforced their defence line to keep their lead.
Denis Onyango, Thapelo Morena, Bangaly Soumahoro, Motjeka Madisha, Tebogo Langerman, Hlompho Kekana, Themba Zwane, Oupa Manyisa, Percy Tau, George Lebese, Thokozani Sekotlong.