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Sundowns Too Strong For Chiefs

Mamelodi Sundowns got the better of Kaizer Chiefs as they won 2-0 in their DStv Premiership match played at Loftus Stadium on Sunday evening.

The defending champions move top of the table with this result.

Keagan Dolly went very close in the sixth minute, but his volley of a Njabulo Blom cross went just over Denis Onyango’s goal.

But it was Sundowns who took the lead almost immediately after, when Grant Kekana headed in Lyle Lakay’s cross from a free kick in the eighth minute.

Peter Shalulile was looking dangerous, but his header went wide in the 12th minute, Kermit Eramus’s effort three minutes later was also off target.

Dolly shot wide in the 22nd minute, as the game was played at a high pace, with action swinging from end-to-end, and there was a good chance for Samir Nurkovic in the 28th minute, but he couldn’t get his header on target.

At half-time Sundowns held onto their 1-0 lead.

Nurkovic shot over in the 54th minute, while Onyango made a big stop in the 58th minute as his reflex save denied S’fiso Hlanti’s header.

Sundowns made it 2-0 in the 63rd minute, Shalulile finishing neatly after a good cross in from substitute Neo Maema.

With the second goal scored, Sundowns’ confidence grew and they looked to take control of the game, though Dolly did get a shot on target in the 75th minute, but straight at Onyango.

Chiefs were awarded a penalty in the 79th minute when a ball struck man of the match Rivaldo Coetzee’s hand. Lebogang Manyama, who had come on off the bench, stepped up, but his shot hit the upright.

It was not going to be Chiefs’ day, and Sundowns held on for a good win, that takes them to the top of the table.

Earlier in the day Royal AM picked up their first win of the season as they beat Chippa United 1-0 at the Chatsworth Stadium.  Victor Letsoalo gave Royal AM the lead from the penalty spot in the 50th minute, after Riaan Hanamub was adjudged to have hand-balled in the box.

Here is how they lined up:

Sundowns XI: Onyango, Morena, Lakay, De Reuck, G. Kekana, Coetzee, Jali, Zwane, Sirino, Shalulile, Erasmus

Chiefs XI: Bvuma, Hlanti, Mathoho, Cardoso, Dube, Blom, Alexander, Nange, Dolly, Billiat, Nurkovic.