First half goals from Peter Shalulile and Costa Ribeiro condemned the home side to back-to-back defeat against Masandawana.
The whistle blows and Masandawana secure 3 important points in the #TshwaneDerby!👆
— Mamelodi Sundowns FC (@Masandawana) November 29, 2023
The match took place at Lucas Moripe Stadium in a rescheduled Round 13 PSL fixture which ensured Sundowns returned back to the summit of the table.
Rhulani Mokwena's men set a new record of nine consecutive wins from the start of the league season, breaking Kaizer Chiefs record of eight successive wins in the PSL era which was set in the 2014 season.
Here's the match review:
An efficient first half from Mamelodi Sundowns
Matsatsantsa coach Gavin Hunt made eight changes to the line-up that played Against Future FC in the CAF Confederation Cup last Sunday.
On the other hand, his counterpart Rhulani Mokwena made two changes to the starting XI that beat FC Nouadhibou in the CAF Champions League last time out with Marcelo Allende and Khuliso Mudau making way for Brian Onyango and Lebohang Maboe.
The match began at a relatively slow pace, with SuperSport United content with sitting behind and allowing Sundowns dictate the tempo of the game.
Just before the third minute, Ribeiro attempted the first shot of the game as his thunderous effort went just over the bar.
SuperSport began to grow into the game and it took the intervention of Neo Maema and Onyango in quick succession to deny the home side.
Masandawana continued to patiently work their way into the opponent's goal, as they probed for gaps to capitalize on.
A shout for goal came in the 29th minute when Ribeiro played in Maboe on the counter, however his effort was cleared off the line.
A couple of minutes later, Shalulile broke the deadlock with a clinical finish from a Maboe assist down the left flank.
On the other end of the pitch, Ronwen Williams was tested at his near post by Ghampani Lungu but he made a fine stop.
However, just before the break, the Brazilians doubled their lead as Ribeiro found the net following a brilliant free-kick execution that was sent into the box.
Mamelodi Sundowns saw out a comfortable win
Matsatsantsa made the early running at the beginning of the second half but found no breakthrough.
In the 52nd minute, Mashego drove down the left, picked out Maboe in the box who shot just wide. Both sides continued to test each other as the second ticked down.
Mokwena shifted attention to his bench as he brought on Themba Zwane for Ribeiro in the 64th minute, and just a few minutes later, Shalulile could have gotten another goal but his effort went inches wide.
With ten minutes left, star striker Shalulile was taken off for Gaston Sirino as Sundowns managed the last few minutes of the game to seal a comfortable win at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.
The three valuable points meant that Sundowns extended their unbeaten record to 33 games and with another historic record of amassing nine straight wins from the start of the league campaign.
SuperSport United: Arubi (GK); Johannes, Okon, Margeman, Hlatshwayo; Dzvukamanja, Pfumbidzai, Lakay, Hamza; Lungu, Grobler.
Subs: Xulu, Campbell, Baloyi, Dopolo, Moralo, Matodzi, Nange, Rasebotsa, Albert.
Mamelodi Sundowns: Williams (GK); De Reuck, Mashego, B. Onyango, Lebusa; Mkhulise, Maboe, Maema; Ribeiro, Morena, Shalulile.
Subs: Pieterse, Kekana, Mudau, Ngobeni, Mokoena, Nkosi, Nku, Zwane, Sirino.
This article was most recently revised and updated 3 months ago