Black Leopards 0-1 SuperSport United: Matsatsantsa edge closer to Mamelodi Sundowns
Pentjie Abel Zulu of Black Leopards challenged by Kudawashe Mahachi of Supersport United, August 2020
Ghampani Lungu's strike saw the Tshwane giants record a win and they are now six points behind log leaders Kaizer Chiefs, who have a game in hand

SuperSport United secured a hard-fought 1-0 win over Black Leopards in a Premier Soccer League (PSL) match which was played on Tuesday evening.

Lidoda Duvha were looking to boost their hopes of surviving relegation having recorded two successive wins over Maritzburg United and Lamontville Golden Arrows.

Mwape Musonda, who had scored against Maritzburg and Arrows, spearheaded Leopards' attack, while former SuperSport hardman Edwin Gyimah started in central defence.

On the other hand, Matsatsantsa were keen to move back into the top three on the league standings after defeating Polokwane City in their previous match.

Coach Kaitano Tembo named three central midfielders Sipho Mbule, Teboho Mokoena and Jamie Webber in order to dominate positions in central areas of the pitch.

This enabled SuperSport to create goalscoring opportunities for their leading marksman Bradley Grobler, who was on the scoresheet against Polokwane.

The Bafana Bafana international should have handed the visitors an early lead when he connected with Kudakwashe Mahachi's delightful cross, but the striker placed his header wide of the target.

King Ndlovu then became a very busy man in the Leopards goal-posts as he produced a fine save to deny Grobler, before finger-tipping Mahachi's powerful free-kick over the crossbar.

The hosts did threaten following a rare attack which saw Musonda force SuperSport goalkeeper Ronwen Williams into a brilliant diving save and Tumelo Khutlang fired over the crossbar from the rebound. 

However, SuperSport maintained their dominance as Grobler's goal was disallowed for a foul on Gyimah and Ndlovu produced a magnificent save to deny Mahachi - ensuring that the first half ended with the two teams locked at 0-0.

Matsatsantsa continued to control the match after the restart, but the Lidoda Duvha defence looked solid and compact and there was no supply for Grobler, who was left isolated.

Tembo decided to make changes as he introduced attack-minded duo Aubrey Modiba and Thamsanqa Gabuza with the visitors looking to break the deadlock.

SuperSport upped the tempo and they were awarded a penalty after hard-tackling midfielder Mumuni Abubakar was adjudged to have fouled Modiba in the box.

Grobler, who had an opportunity to net his 14th league goal of the season, then stepped up and he was denied by Ndlovu, who produced a fantastic low save, from the spot-kick.

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The three-time PSL champions continued to attack in the closing stages of the match as Ghampani Lungu's effort was well saved by a well-positioned Ndlovu, before Luke Fleurs missed the target from close range.

However, Lungu was not to be denied in the last minute as he fired home to seal SuperSport's 1-0 victory over Leopards after pouncing on a loose ball in the box. 

The win took Matsatsantsa to third spot on the league standings - three points behind second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns, while Lidoda Duvha remained 13th on the log - a point above the relegation zone.