Sundowns continued to dominate the 2013/2014 PSL season with another victory against AmaTuks at the Tuks Stadium on Saturday night
Mamelodi Sundowns made their intensions very clear in the early stages of the game, and punished neighbours AmaTuks in the 3rd minute when Cuthbert Malajila pounced on Khama Billiat’s cross to beat Washington Arubi with a clinical finish.
However, their lead didn’t last long as AmaTuks grabbed the equalizer four minutes later from Grant Kekana who swept home Kethukuhle Zwane’s corner.
Malajila did well to shield two of the AmaTuks defenders in the 12th minute, but his shot lacked direction as he drilled it wide of Arubi’s goal.
Sundowns restored their lead in the 29th minute when Khama Billiat raced on Bongani Zungu’s long pass, and the Zimbabwean forward made no mistake with low shot.
AmaTuks were never afraid of the mighty Brazilians, and nearly got the equalizer just before the halftime when Zwane’s well taken shot from distance hit the wrong side of the upfright, as Sundowns held on to their 2-1 lead going into the second half.
The home side contained the Brazilians in the first 15 minutes of the second half, but they were down to 10 men after Mpho Matsi had received his second yellow card of the game for a foul on Billiat.
Hlompho Kekana had his free-kick parried away by Arubi towards the 75th minute after a foul on Billiat outside the box.
The visitors the struggled with the pace of the game and were often let down by their final pass in the AmaTuks half while their opponents continued to push for an equalizer.
Rodney Ramagalela opened his Sundowns account with an easy tap-in deep in stoppage to secure all three points for the Chloorkop outfit.