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Black Leopards v Mamelodi Sundowns Match Report, 30/04/19

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T. Khutlang (90+2)
G. Sirino (27)
T. Langerman (68)
Thohoyandou Stadium
Black Leopards 1-2 Mamelodi Sundowns: Brazilians edge out relegation-threatened Lidoda Duvha
12:53 AM IST 01/05/19
Robert Ng'ambi, Black Leopards & Hlompho Kekana, Sundowns, April 2019
Both Gaston Sirino and Tebogo Langerman scored to help Sundowns beat Leopards, while Tumelo Khutlang scored a consolation goal for Dylan Kerr's men

Mamelodi Sundowns joined Orlando Pirates at the top of Premier Soccer League (PSL) standings after securing a 2-1 win over Black Leopards in a match which was played in Limpopo on Tuesday night.

Both teams were coming off defeats with Leopards having recorded a 2-1 loss to Maritzburg United in a PSL clash, while Sundowns lost to Morocco's Wydad Casablanca in a Caf Champions League match by the same scoreline.

King Ndlovu surprisingly kept his place in the Lidoda Duvha starting line-up despite having insulted coach Dylan Kerr during the team's defeat to Maritzburg over the weekend.

On the other hand, Rivaldo Coetzee made his return to the Brazilians starting line-up - joining Hlompho Kekana in midfield as Pitso Mosimane adopted a cautious approach.

Lidoda Duvha did most of the attacking in the opening stages of the encounter, but Kerr's charges were a bit sloppy in possession in the final third.

However, the hosts improved as the game progressed and they managed to test Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango, who made a superb low save to deny Tshwarelo Bereng at the near-post.

The Brazilians, who had a slow start, had to find a way to respond and they did so following a defensive mistake by Lidoda Duvha's long-serving defender Jean Munganga.

The DR Congolese center back tried to head the ball back to Ndlovu, but Gaston Sirino intercepted it and the Uruguayan attacker fired past the Leopards shot-stopper to make it 1-0 to Sundowns just before the half-hour mark.

This did not come as a surprise as the defending champions have netted 22.9% of their goals between the 15th minute and 30th minute in their league games this season.

Kerr's charges pushed for the equalizing goal with the half-time break fast approaching and Onyango had a make magnificent diving save to deny Leopards playmaker Robert Ng'ambi, who was looking to score with a header.

The score was 1-0 to Sundowns at the interval with Leopards having failed to convert their chances.

The Brazilians continued to attack after the restart and they should have doubled their lead when Sibusiso Vilakazi did well to create space in the box, but he failed to hit the target.

The league's top goalscorer Mwape Musonda, who was having a quiet game, was replaced by Themba Ndlovu with the former having sustained an injury as Kerr's side suffered a blow.

Sundowns then upped the tempo and they managed to double their lead following a brilliant move which was finished off by Tebogo Langerman to make it 2-0 with Thapelo Morena grabbing an assist in the 68th minute.

Leopards pushed forward in numbers in the closing stages of the encounter and they were unlucky not have pulled one back when Karabo Tshepe's effort was cleared off the goal-line by Anele Ngcongca.

The hosts never lost hope as the did grab what proved to be a consolation goal when Tumelo Khutlang scored from close range in stoppage time, but Sundowns held on to win 2-1 against Leopards on the night.

The victory saw the Brazilians remain second on the league standings - behind log leaders, Orlando Pirates only on goal-difference, while Lidoda Duvha remained 14th on the table - two points above the relegation zone.