Date: 21 October 2017
Venue: Lucas Moripe Stadium
AmaZulu came from a goal down to claim a 2-1 victory against Mamelodi Sundowns at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.
Sundowns were in control of the game in the early stages and were creating the early inroads.
Masandawana broke the deadlock after eight minutes after great interplay from the team saw Fares Hachi tee up Thokozani Sekotlong, who side-footed his shot past Boalefa Pule to hand his side a 1-0 lead.
Percy Tau was full of running early on and the forward managed to create space for himself where he met a cross with a volley, but his attempt sailed over the bar.
The home side thought they had doubled their lead in the 38th minute when Tau flicked the ball past Pule, but the forward was denied a goal by the offside flag.
Sundowns took their 1-0 lead into the halftime break and looked comfortable during the course of the half.
Tau was in the thick of things again as he twisted and turned his way in the box before firing a dangerous ball across the face of goal shortly after the break.
Jabulani Ncobeni played a defence-splitting pass that set Mhlengi Cele through on goal but the forward’s strike went just wide of the post.
Razak Brimah gave possession away and AmaZulu countered well as substitute Siyabonga Nomvethe was played through on goal and the veteran almost snuck his shot through the keepers’ legs but the ball deflected out for a corner in the 77th minute.
Three minutes later, Usuthu were riding their momentum and got another corner. The ball was flicked on from the near post and Nomvethe reacted the quickest to put the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-1.
The stadium was stunned to silence when Mabhuti Khenyeza latched on to a flick-on from a long clearance and poked it past Brimah to give AmaZulu a 2-1 lead with three minutes left on the clock.
AmaZulu managed to hold on to claim a 2-1 victory and a valuable three points away from home.
Here’s how they lined up:
Sundowns: 31 Brimah, 3 Hachi, 6 Arendse, 27 Morena, 32 Madisha, 20 Ngcongca, 8 Kekana, 37 Sekotlong, 18 Zwane, 7 Manyisa, 22 Tau.
AmaZulu: 31 Pule, 17 Gumede M, 25 Gumede P, 13 Ouro-Akoriko, 4 Morton, 3 Dlamini L, 33 Darpoh, 11 Mbatha B, 8 Ncobeni, 9 Cele, 16 Manzini.
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Source : SL