Sundowns Champions After Downing SuperSport
Mamelodi Sundowns were confirmed as the 2020/2021 DStv Premiership champions after they beat ten man SuperSport United 3-1 at Loftus Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The victory takes Sundowns to 60 points and they win the league with three games to play. However they will have to wait until the 5th of June to lift the trophy, as it is only awarded on the last day of the season.
It is their fourth consecutive, and eleventh league title in total in the PSL era.
Mamelodi Sundowns 3-1 SuperSport United
It was almost a goal in the opening minute for Gaston Sirino, but after running onto an excellent through ball from Kermit Erasmus, the Uruguayan’s shot hit the upright and went behind.
Guily Manziba was shown a straight red card for a reckless tackle on Sphelele Mkhulise in the 8th minute, leaving SuperSport to play with ten men for the majority of the game.
Erasmus went just wide with a shot in the 24th minute, as he tried to beat Ronwen Williams with a long range effort. Moments later Bradley Grobler almost pounced, when he ran onto a loose pass from Brian Onyango, but Denis Onyango was quick to make a good save to deny the league’s top goalscorer.
It was 1-0 to Sundowns in the 32nd minute as Lebohang Maboe, who had replaced Mkhulise earlier in the half, drove home Aubrey Modiba’s cross.
It was 2-0 in the 40th minute as Modiba delivered a cross into the box, and while Erasmus jumped for the ball, it went over him and into the goal, with Williams caught out. While Erasmus claimed it, it was awarded to Modiba.
And it was 3-0 three minutes later, as Modiba turned provider, setting up Themba Zwane who fired in to the top corner.
Sirino almost added to the score six minutes into the second half but his chipped effort was saved by Williams.
And it should have been four in the 54th minute, Williams saving Zwane’s attempt from the penalty spot, following a handball from Keenan Phillips.
Zwane shot wide again in the 59th minute, while substitute Maurico Affonso couldn’t find the target after a good ball from Rivaldo Coetzee in the 68th minute.
A chance fell for Grobler in the 75th minute, but his powerful shot struck the upright and bounced clear.
Teboho Mokoena pulled one back for SuperSport in the 86th minute, a wonderful individual effort, a snap shot from outside the area. SuperSport almost had a second in stoppage time, but Onyango pulled off a good save to deny Gamphani Lungu.
Onyango was injured after making the save, and with Sundowns having made all their substitutions, namesake Brian took over from Denis in goals, for the last few minutes of the game.