Absa Premiership match report Mamelodi Sundowns v Kaizer Chiefs 27 October 2019

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Masandawana missed Themba Zwane through injury, but Sibusiso Vilakazi and Jose Ali Meza returned with Willard Katsande, Njabulo Blom and Samir Nurkovic starting for Chiefs.

Lining up in an attacking trio, Chiefs pressed high up the pitch from the get go and hit the front on six minutes when Nurkovic helped Leonardo Castro’s flick into the near post.

Sundowns threatened an instant response, but Meza lashed straight down the throat of Daniel Akpeyi after beating two challenges on the area after 11 minutes.

Injury forced Chiefs to a 33rd minute change as George Maluleka came on for Reeve Frosler, who pulled a hamstring with Masandawana attacking from all fronts.

Andile Jali missed their best chance on the stroke of halftime when he blazed over the top from an unmarked position following an inviting delivery through the area.

More firepower came into the equation for the reigning champions, as Mauricio Affonso partnered Meza up front after coming in as a second half change for Vilakazi.

Meza came within a whisker from levelling after bringing down a looping ball for a half volley, but Akpeyi palmed for a corner on 51 minutes. Sundowns woes in front of goal following the corner continued when Affonso shot tamely at Akpeyi inside the six-yard area.

Chiefs amended their approach afterwards, with Dumisani Zuma coming off the bench for Castro following 67 minutes.

The Glamour Boys put the icing on the cake 12 minutes to the end when Zuma’s run down the line ended with a cross for Nurkovic, who poked in his brace.

Sundowns pushed for a miraculous come back afterwards, but the Amakhosi shored up the points to open up a five point gap at the top of the table.

Sundowns: Mweene, Ngcongca, Morena, Madisha, Lebusa, Langerman, Jali, Kekana, Vilakazi, Sirino, Meza.

Subs: Pieterse, Affonso, Mabunda, Mahlambi, Lakay, Coetzee, Maboe.

Chiefs: Akpeyi, Frosler, Sasman, Cardoso, Mathoho, Blom, Katsande, Manyama, Nurkovic, Billiat, Castro.

Subs: Bvuma, Maluleka, Kambole, Zulu, Zuma, Ngezana, Mashiane.