Mamelodi Sundowns 0-2 Kaizer Chiefs: Nurkovic nets twice as Amakhosi stretch lead at the top
Samir Nurkovic of Kaizer Chiefs, August 2019
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Amakhosi ended the Brazilians' unbeaten record in the league in a match which was played at Loftus Versveld Stadium on Sunday

Kaizer Chiefs beat Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0 to stretch their lead at the top of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) log. 

Samir Nurkovic netted twice to ensure all the three points headed to Naturena despite the Brazilians dominating the game. 

Amakhosi are now five points clear at the summit and in pole position to bag Q1-Innovation. Only Bidvest Wits stand a chance of toppling Amakhosi. 

The Brazilians missed Themba Zwane through injury while Sibusiso Vilakazi and Ali Meza made it into the starting line-up alongside Kennedy Mweene. 

The Glamour Boys made a great start to the game as Nurkovic opened the scoring in the 7th minute, much to the delight of the packed stadium in Tshwane. 

Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp had to make a forced substitution midway through the first half as Reeve Frosler sustained an injury. 

He was replaced by George Maluleka, who came in to strengthen the midfield as Middendorp's men charged forward in an attempt to double the scoreline. 

Andile Jali nearly brought Sundowns back to life in the closing stages of the first half, but the midfielder ballooned his effort way over the crossbar with only Daniel Akpeyi to beat. 

Akpeyi, again had a solid performance in between the sticks, and further sending a statement to his doubters. 

Pitso Mosimane introduced Mauricio Affonso at the start of the second half and the lanky striker gave Chiefs a difficult time in the final third. 

However, the Amakhosi defence was tight with Erick Mathoho, Njabulo Blom and Daniel Cardoso all putting their bodies on the line. 

Meza and Affonso had chances to beat Akpeyi but the Nigeria international pulled off two brilliant saves to keep Chiefs in the game. 

At this stage, Sundowns were all over Chiefs, but things changed when Dumisani Zuma came on after 67 minutes. 

The former Bloemfontein Celtic charged forward and made Chiefs tick and attack from the left-hand side. 

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It didn't take long before the pressure paid off Nurkovic completed his brace after a scramble inside the Sundowns box. 

It could have been more than just two goals for Chiefs as Khama Billiat and Nurkovic missed glaring goalscoring chances in the closing stages of the game. 

Ultimately, the match ended 2-0 in favour of Amakhosi who are now certainly the early contender for the league title.