Sundowns moved to the top of the PSL standings in emphatic fashion after dominating AmaZulu 7-1 at Loftus Versveld
Sundowns launched their assault early on, taking the lead with merely two minutes on the clock, Hlompho Kekana’s deflected shot beating Kapini off the underside of the bar.
It was an ominous sign of things to come for the visitors, as a Cuthbert Malajila strike, Katlego Mashego’s first goal for the club and a clinical finish from Dove Wome secured a 4-0 lead at half time for the indomitable Sundowns.
In the second stanza, Craig Rosslee’s outfit responded to a poor first half showing with their first goal, a 67th minute penalty-kick scored by Sthembiso Ngcobo.
Despite conceding a goal, Sundowns re-ignited their game. Mashego was able to complete his double in the 80th minute and Katlego Mphela scored twice from the bench to help the Brazilians surge to the top of the PSL standings.
In the second minute of the match, Sundowns broke the deadlock in stunning fashion, Hlompho Kekana’s thunderous effort taking a slight deflection and finding the back of the net after clipping the underside of the crossbar.
Usuthu almost struck back two minutes later, Ayanda Dlamini driving a cross into the path of Ngcobo, whose attempted tap-in found the outstretched leg of a rather fortuitous Kennedy Mweene.
The Brazilians continued to try and build on their initial lead, Cuthbert Malajila’s low shot being cleared off the line by some desperate defending from Goodman Dlamini nine minutes in.
The match lost momentum after a frenetic start, as Sundowns began to dominate possession and take control of proceedings.
The home side capitalised on their dominance with 21 minutes on the clock, Malajila profiting from some poor defending and beating Kapini from close range.
It did not end there for Downs, as Katlego Mashego scored his first goal for the club a minute later with a skilful turn and low shot which nestled into the bottom left corner of the net.
Sundowns turned on the style after the third goal, displaying Barcelona-esque tiki-taka football as the first half wore on, the result seemingly sealed within the first 22 minutes.
AmaZulu reacted with an early change, Nkosinathi Mthiyane taken off in the 35th minute, with the more attacking option of Letladi Madubanya entering the fray.
However, it went from bad to worse for Usuthu on the stroke of half time, Dove Wome finishing off a clinical move with a low shot which found the back of the net via the inside of the left post.
Craig Rosslee demanded a response from his players in the second stanza, and the visiting side started positively.
56 minutes in, AmaZulu’s Marc van Heerden had a chance to find the target from a set-piece, but blasted his effort over the crossbar.
The visitor's improved play resulted in their opening goal of the match, when Sthembiso Ngcobo slotted home a penalty kick in the 67th minute, after Alje Schut was adjudged to have pushed Ayanda Dlamini in the box.
But it was too little, too late for the visitors. Sundowns improved upon their lead late on as AmaZulu pushed forward, Mashego securing his brace and substitute Katlego Mphela firing in the sixth goal with a powerful volley.
AmaZulu's pain turned to utter embarrasment, as Mphela swept home the seventh goal in the final minute of the mtach and completed his own brace to complete the rout.