Absa Premiership match report Black Leopards v Mamelodi Sundowns 30 April 2019

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Black Leopards and mamelodi Sundowns
Black Leopards and mamelodi Sundowns
Mamelodi Sundowns kept their hopes of retaining the Absa Premiership title alive with a crucial 2-1 victory over Black Leopards on Tuesday evening at Thohoyandou Stadium.
 
The Brazilians made three adjustments to the team that lost 2-1 to Wydad Casablanca in the CAF Champions League semi-final first, as Wayne Arendse, Rivaldo Coetzee and Sibusiso Vilakazi all got the nod to start.
 
Despite being quiet in front of goal for the first quarter of an hour, Leopards almost grabbed the lead in the 18th minute through Tshwarelo Bereng’s long range strike that was threatening but Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango made a good low save.
 
Pitso Mosimane’s charges eventually got opener in the 27th minute as Leopards' Jean Munganga’s looping back-header was intercepted by Gaston Sirino who easily diverted into the bottom corner for his fifth goal of the season.
 
Dylan Kerr was forced to make his first substitution with seven minutes remaining of the first stanza as Ivan Mahangwahaya succumbed to injury and he was replaced by Tumelo Khutlang.
 
After a cagey opening exchanges in the second stanza, Vilakazi came close to doubling Sundowns' lead 11 minutes inside the second stanza with a chance at the back post but he dilly-dallied and hit the side-netting after getting past two players in the box.
 
Sundowns finally doubled their lead in the 68th minute through Tebogo Langerman who powered a first-time finish at the back post past Ndlovu following a cross from Thapelo Morena on the right wing.
 
Mosa Lebusa kept the Brazilians’ two-goal cushion immediately thereafter as he cleared a goal-bound shot off the line as Leopards were desperately scrambling to pull a goal back.
 
Leopards pulled a goal back in stoppage time through Khutlang after Onyango let slip a cross at the near post but it was too little too late in the end as Sundowns hung on for three points.
 
As a result, Sundowns move level on points with log leaders Orlando Pirates, although they have a inferior goal difference to the Soweto giants.
 
Teams:
 
Leopards: K.Ndlovu , Munganga, Mudau, Katjiukua , Ng'ambi, Mahangwahaya , Bereng, Musonda ,Mokoena, Hlongwane, Zulu .
 
Subs: Maduwa, Masia, Tshepe, Khutlang , Mhlongo, Sekotlong, T. Ndlovu.

Sundowns: Mweene, Ngcongca, Arendse, Lebusa, Langerman, Coetzee, Kekana, Morena, Zwane, Sirino, Vilakazi.

Subs: Pieterse, Lakay, Mahlambi, Jali, Tade, Brockie, Madisha.