Late goal earns Downs win over Usuthu

George Maluleka of AmaZulu challenged by Andile Jali of Mamelodi Sundowns during the DStv Premiership 2022/23 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu at Loftus Versfeld Stadium, in Pretoria on the 18 September 2022 Β©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

AmaZulu FC were narrowly beaten 1-0 by defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns in a DStv Premiership match which was played at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

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Therefore, Usuthu remained sixth on the standings and they will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways when they take on Kaizer Chiefs in an MTN8 first-leg encounter next month.

Usuthu were able to contain Masandawana in the opening exchanges with the hosts determined to grab an early goal. Themba Zwane was unlucky not to hand Sundowns the lead when his rasping shot hit the woodwork with goalkeeper Veli Mothwa well beaten.

However, AmaZulu improved gradually as the match progressed and they came to close breaking the deadlock. Goalkeeper Ronwen Williams produced a fabulous double save – denying Fank Mhango and Sandile Khumalo to ensure that the first-half ended with the two teams locked at 0-0.

Usuthu were under siege after the restart as Masandawana pushed for the opening goal. Peter Shalulile missed a sitter after being set up by substitute Marcelo Allende, before Mothwa produced fantastic saves to deny Thapelo Morena and Khuliso Mudau whose effort had deflected off Veluyeke Zulu.

The momentum was with Sundowns in the closing proceedings with Mudau scoring after Mothwa had denied Shalulile, but the goal was disallowed for offside. However, Mothwa was finally beaten in stoppage time by Allende’s low shot at the near post and Sundowns emerged as 1-0 winners over AmaZulu.

Sundowns 1 (Allende 90’+1)
AmaZulu 0

Sundowns: Williams, Ngobeni (Mashego 75′), Mudau, Kekana, De Reuck, Mokoena (Allende 56′), Jali, Mbule (Maema 57′), Zwane (Zungu 90’+4), Saavedra (Morena 57′), Shalulile.

AmaZulu: Mothwa, Gumede, Hanamub, Zulu, Khumalo, Mukumela (Mphahlele 66′), Makhaula, Buchanan (Malepe 89′), Maluleka (Brooks 77′), Zuma (Magaqa 89′), Mhango.

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