Mamelodi Sundowns lost 2-1 in their second derby of the season away at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Friday Night in the DStv Premiership. Goals from Thapelo Maseko and Bradley Grobler were enough to take all three points from Masandawana, and Nasir Abubeker’s late goal was not enough to earn the visitors victory.
Just 3 minutes into the start of the game Iqraam Rayners of United fired a shot on target, but Ronwen Williams was alert and ready to make the save. The Brazilians responded shortly through Marcelo Allende’s pass to Nasir who placed his shot on target but George Chigova made no mistakes and caught the ball.
The home team continued to apply the pressure on Sundowns, and managed to secure the lead when the clock hit 8 minutes through a well-worked switch of play, Rayners passed the ball to Maseko who found the space in between the defenders and opened the scoring board for United.
After 15 minutes of playtime, Bafana Ba Style cane guns blazing looking for an equalizer, Thapelo Morena found Neo Maema just outside the box. Maema controlled the pass and took a long range shot but was unfortunate to find the target. Nasir’s shot on target was called for offside as Chigova made the save and kept Matsatsantsa in the lead.
Another save was made to deny Masandawana the chance of a comeback, Andile Jali penetrated the defense with his long pass to Nasir who was running towards the box. United defenders made contact with the Ethiopian international as he laid the ball off to Teboho Mokoena, the midfielder looked to capitalize on the chance and took a shot that went slightly over the top of the goalposts.
As the game was reaching the end of the first half United kept on pushing for another goal, a defensive error on the left side of the pitch saw the ball being picked up by Rayners, the attacker delivered a cross into the box and Grobler grabbed the second goal for the home team. Sundowns went into the break trailing behind by two goals to zero.
As the second half continued, The Brazilians were the first ones to take a chance at goal, a shot from Maema was pushed by the goalkeeper and went out for a corner kick. A delivery into the box by the Tshwane giants was not enough to threaten the opposition and United regained position.
With the hosts applying pressure on their rivals as they worked the ball from the back, Jali stopped a counter attack and quickly played the ball forward but his teammates were unable to connect with the ball to put a finishing shot at goal. Bafana Ba Style made a triple substitution with around 30 minutes left bringing on Bradley Ralani for Allende, Themba Zwane for Mokoena, and Sipho Mbule on for Maema. Other substitutions that were made in the game include Aubrey Modiba and Mothobi Mvala as Lyle Lakay and Morena made their way off the pitch.
Downs continued to push forward, Nasir’s attempt to fund his teammates in the box caused a panic for Matsatsantsa but not enough to get a goal. Modiba delivered the ball into the box from a set piece that was awarded to Masandawana, Peter Shalulile headed the ball towards goal but the ball went over the top of the posts.
With the clock striking 90 minutes, Downs were still determined to play until the final whistle. The referee added 3 minutes to be played and Masandawana finally saw their efforts being rewarded. Ralani played a cross into the congested bkx that was filled with United players but Nasir headed home to give the visitors a goal in the encounter.
United grabbed their first win in the 2022-23 campaign and The Brazilians will look to come back stronger in their next league encounter.
This is how we lined up:
- Williams, T. Morena (85′ Mvala), L. Lakay (65′ Modiba), N. Abubeker, B. Onyango, R. De Reuck, T. Mokoena (59′ Zwane), A. Jali © , N. Maema (59′ Mbule), M. Allende (59′ Ralani), P. Shalulile
Subs:D. Onyango (GK), M. Lebusa, B. Ralani, S. Mkhulise, S. Mbule, M. Mvala, K. Mudau, T. Zwane, A. Modiba.