Cape Town - Golden Arrows succumbed to a 3-0 Absa Premiership defeat at the hands of Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday night at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.
Goals courtesy of Hlompho Kekana, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Themba Zwane ensured the Brazilians claim the maximum spoils.
Despite the loss, Abafana Besthende remain in the top four as they occupy fourth spot with 17 points.
In the first 10 minutes, the hosts showed their intent as they kept the ball with Vilakazi taking a log range shot which went inches wide.
Sundowns controlled the proceedings with their creativity, and with four minutes to the interval, Kekana unleashed a powerful shot but was denied by the Namibian keeper as he fisted the ball away for a corner.
From the set piece, Kekana managed to break the deadlock when he converted with a back-heel to beat Mbaeva on his near post.
It was 1-0 to the hosts at half time.
With just two minutes into the second stanza, Vilakazi made it 2-0 when he deflected a shot from Tebogo Langerman's left foot into the goal.
As Clinton Larsen's men continued to search for a goal, Kudakwashe Mahachi struck a powerful shot from a distance, but Denis Onyango collected easily.
In the 71st minute Jesus Barrios nearly shocked the hosts when he was set through, but Onyango was quick to come out and close him down.
With 15 minutes to go, Percy Tau delivered a great cross from the left which picked out Zwane unmarked at the far post and he easily tapped in, 3-0.
Pitso Mosimane's men now move to the eight spot with 10 points from three league wins in their 2016/17 Premier Soccer League campaign.