Pitso Mosimane's Mamelodi Sundowns got off to the perfect start away from home, with a splendid thrashing of Celtic in Bloemfontein
With five of their new signings in the starting line-up, Mamelodi Sundowns put together a few good passes in the opening minutes of the game, and they often attacked from the right hand side where Bryce Moon was operating.
Sundowns should have taken the lead in the 7th minute after a powerful cross from Dove Wome on the left hand side of the Celtic’s penalty box, and he found Anthony Laffor who picked Cuthbert Malajila with a chest, but the former Maritzburg United striker shot across Patrick Tinyemb’s posts.
The home side nearly broke the deadlock in the 13th minute after some desperate defending from the Sundowns defence, but Kennedy Mweene put his body on the line to clear for a corner.
Sundowns continued to knock the ball around nicely and deservedly took the lead in the 23rd minute after winning a free-kick outside the Celtic box, and Hlompho Kekana stepped up and beat Tinyemb in the near post.
Celtic never threatened Sundowns much at this stage, but they had to work hard to stop the combination of Wome and Bongani Zungu as the Brazilians looked very dangerous whenever attacking.
Zungu was denied by the upright just after the half-hour mark with Tinyemb well beaten as Sundowns looked to kill the game in the first half.
Celtic were reduced to 10 men on the stroke of halftime after John Arwuah was sent off for a foul on Zungu, but the score-line remained the same as the referee blew his whistle to signal the end of the first 45 minutes.
Pitso Mosimane introduced Ramahlwe Mphahlele for Bongani Zungu who got injured in the first half, and pushed Moon forward to play as a right winger.
Celtic struggled with 10 men and they were often exposed in the midfield as Sundowns continued to open them up in search of that important second goal.
The home side nearly grabbed the equalizer in the 56th minute after some poor decision making from Mweene, but the former Free State Stars keeper made amends and denied Joel Mogorosi for a corner.
However, the Sundowns keeper Mweene had to make another stunning save a minute later to deny Lyle Lakay in what should been Celtic’s equalizer.
Sundowns got that insurance goal in the 61st minute through Cuthbert Malajila who blasted his shot into the roof of Tinyemb’s goals to make it 2-0.
Eleven minutes later Teko Modise showed that being dropped as captain wouldn't affect him, by wrapping up a wonderful opening day for the Brazilians with the third goal.
Celtic's Anthony Laffor lost the plot late on, picking up two yellow cards in the last six minutes to get his marching orders, summing up a forgettable afternoon for the Bloemfontein club.
Nevertheless Joel Mogorosi managed to get something from the match with a consolation goal, converting a penalty in injury time.