An early Peter Shalulile goal fired Mamelodi Sundowns to a tight 1-0 win over weakened SuperSport United, who were hit by a Covid-19 outbreak leading into the game.
SuperSport announced pre-match that the club was hit by a Covid-19 outbreak which had head coach Kaitano Tembo and a few players missing the clash, while Sundowns recalled Themba Zwane and Denis Onyango.
Despite the issues leading into the game, Matsatsantsa got off to a good start as, with just five minutes gone, Ghampani Lungu forced Denis Onyango into a top save with his snap-shot from 12 yards out.
Sundowns began to find their rhythm as Zwane and Peter Shalulie linked up four minutes later to devastating effect, as the Namibian found the corner after latching on to Zwane’s through-ball to hand his side the lead.
Downs then suffered a setback just before the half-hour mark as Thabiso Kutumela was stretchered off, with Gaston Sirino replacing the forward.
Downs continued to dominate possession but were struggling for their regular fluency and thus failing to break down a determined SuperSport side.
The Brazilians, in the end, held on for a tight 1-0 win to maintain their healthy lead at the top of the DStv Premiership standings.
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