MATCH CENTRE

TUE 12 MARCH 2019, 19:30, HARRY GWALA STADIUM

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Brazilians return to the Absa Premiership summit

by Staff Reporter

Tue March 12, 21:35

Mamelodi Sundowns have returned to the summit of the Absa Premiership standings with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Goals from Emiliano Tade and Lebohang Maboe fired the Brazilians three points clear atop the log standings in a game which they ended with 10-men. Gaston Sirino received his marching orders on the hour mark following a second bookable offence.

Tade opened the scoring as early as the fifth minute. The Argentine ran onto a neat back-heel from Maboe before firing a low shot past the outstretched Richard Ofori in the Maritzburg goal.

Maboe turned scorer in the 21st minute to double the visitors lead. The forward left with the easiest of finishes following a defence splitting-run by Sirino who teed up the former Team of Choice attacker.

The hosts ended the half the strongest of the two teams and were only denied a goal by the exploits of Denis Onyango. The Uganda international showcased superb reflexes to deny Fortune Makaringe and Yannick Zarki in quick succession as Sundowns carried a healthy lead into the break.

Sundowns suffered a major blow 15 minutes into the second half as Sirino saw red following a second bookable offence. Victor Gomes booked the Uruguayan for time-wasting before brandishing red seconds later following a gesture from the Sundowns attacker.

Makaringe duly pulled a goal back for the hosts after Themba Zwane had squandered a glorious chance to put the game to bed, but the goal proved a mere consolation for the Team of Choice who's relegation fears deepen.

Maritzburg United (0) 1 (Makaringe 83')

Mamelodi sundowns (2) 2 (Tade 5' Maboe 21')

Maritzburg United: Ofori; Kunene, Xulu, Allie, Sanoka, Makaringe, Matsi (Mekoa 56'), Kutumela (Moseamedi 69'), Kateregga, De Reuck (Zakri 27'), Shandu.

Mamelodi Sundowns: Onyango; Langerman, Nascimento, Coetzee, Morena, Mabunda, Kekana, Zwane (Mahlambi 84'), Sirino, Tade (Lakay 64'), Maboe (Arendse

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH HARRY GWALA STADIUM
MARITZBURG UTD. GOALS MAMELODI SUNDOWNS GOALS
11. Fortune Makaringe (83') 33. Lebohang Maboe (21')
Emiliano Tade (5')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3 1 1
MARITZBURG UTD. STARTING LINEUP MAMELODI SUNDOWNS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
31
Goalkeeper
36
Defender
80'
0
16
Defender
87'
3
Defender
16
Defender
27'
23
Defender
4
Defender
25
Midfielder
61'
61'
26
Midfielder
37
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
26
Midfielder
21'
86'
33
Midfielder
83'
11
Midfielder
27
Midfielder
16'
56'
23
Midfielder
84'
18
Midfielder
36
Midfielder
13
Forward/Striker
69'
24
Forward/Striker
5'
64'
0
SUBSTITUTIONS
Yannick Zakri
Forward/Striker
27'
0
Lyle Lakay
Midfielder
64'
23
Deolin Mekoa
Midfielder
56'
28
Phakamani Mahlambi
Midfielder
84'
27
Judas Moseamedi
Forward/Striker
69'
6
Wayne Arendse
Defender
86'
6
CARDS
Mpho Matsi
Midfielder
16'
23
Gaston Sirino
Midfielder
61'
26
Nazeer Allie
Defender
80'
0
Gaston Sirino
Midfielder
61'
26
Pogiso Sanoka
Defender
87'
3
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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