DStv Premiership match report Orlando Pirates v Mamelodi Sundowns 25 September 2021

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Mamelodi Sundowns cemented top spot in the DStv Premiership after defeating rivals Orlando Pirates 2-0 on Saturday afternoon.

Terrence Dzvukamanja came in for Ntsako Makhubela and Deon Hotto replaced Kabelo Dlamini. Sundowns made just one change with Thabiso Kutumela coming in for Gaston Sirino.

An early chance was crafted for Kutumela as he was set up by Themba Zwane on the edge of the box but his first time effort went over the bar. And in the 19th minute, his curling effort from outside of the box was inches away from hitting the target.

Pirates had their first real sight at goal with half an hour gone. Deon Hotto delivered to the back post for Bandile Shandu, who made a good run onto the ball but was put off by the covering Kutumela and fired wide of the right-hand upright.

Makhubela then made an earlier than expected introduction as he replaced the injured Dzvukamanja before an unmarked Happy Jele rose highest to meet Deon Hotto's in-swinging corner but it was a little too high for the Pirates skipper as he headed over.

The Brazilians took the lead in the 53rd minute. Pirates midfielder Goodman Mosele gave possession away and Sundowns quickly countered with Kutumela doing brilliantly to get on the outside of Paseka Mako and cut the ball back from the byline for Peter Shaulile, whose thunderous strike went in off the underside off the crossbar.

Five minutes later, Pule got in behind down the left and drilled the ball into the box which took a wicked deflection off Downs centre-back Rushine De Reuck and Onyango made a terrific reaction save to keep it out.

The Brazilians doubled their lead in the 72nd minute when Lyle Lakay delivered a peach from the left to the back post for Shalulile, who was unmarked and controlled it on the chest before rifling expertly in the bottom far corner.

Pirates were getting their chances though and had another when two Downs defenders went for the same ball and Goodman Mosele headed it into the path of Tshegofatso Mabasa, who unleashed a powerful effort perhaps a little bit too straight at Onyango, who made another impressive reaction save.

The last action of the match saw Fortune Makaringe curl the ball inches wide of the right-hand post from the left after being played in by Dlamini as the Bucs failed to break the scoresheet despite producing several good moments in the final 20 minutes.

Confirmed line-ups:

Pirates: Mpontshane, Jele, Hlatshwayo, Shandu, Mako, Mabaso, Mosele, Pule, Hotto, Dzvukamanja, Mabasa

Subs: Sandilands, Ndah, Peprah, Makhubela, Dlamini, Makaringe, Monare, Ndlovu, Nyauza.

Sundowns: D.Onyango, Lebusa, Coetzee, De Reuck, Lakay, G.Kekana, Jali, Kutumela, Zwane, Erasmus, Shalulile.

Subs: Goss, Mvala, Domingo, B.Onyango, Lunga, Sirino, Maema, Safranko, Vilakazi