Pretoria - Mamelodi Sundowns took a step closer to the Premiership title as they
came from a goal down to beat Kaizer Chiefs 3-1 at Loftus Versfeld
Stadium on Saturday.
Amakhosi took the lead through Lorenzo Gordinho just past the
half-hour mark, but Leonardo Castro pulled the Brazilians level on the
stroke of halftime.
Thabo Nthethe then buried a penalty to put Sundowns ahead, before
Chiefs essentially threw the game away when Gordinho picked up his
second yellow card shortly before Willard Katsande found his own net
while trying to defend Khama Billiat's free kick.
Both sides tried to find their range early on, with Eric Mathoho of
Chiefs going on a marauding run down the left flank before blasting
wide, while Khama Billiat had an early effort for Sundowns, but blazed
his effort just over the crossbar.
Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune was called into action for the
first time when Leonardo Castro tried his luck in the 16th minute,
getting down low to block the Colombian's effort.
Chiefs took the lead in the 35th minute through Lorenzo Gordinho,
whose header found the back of the net while Sundowns appealed for a
Amakhosi looked to be closing in on a halftime lead until Castro
struck in the 44th minute, getting a glancing header to Billiat's cross
to bring the scores level.
The Brazilians then went ahead 10 minutes into the second half when a
penalty was given against Mathoho for a handball, with Thabo Nthethe
stepping up to fire it into the bottom corner past Khune, who dived in
the right direction but couldn't stop it from sneaking in underneath
Things then went from bad to worse for Chiefs, with Gordinho
receiving his second yellow card for a challenge in the 65th minute.
Sundowns then had a free kick just outside the right side of the
penalty box, and Billiat floating in a delicious cross that Willard
Katsande poked into his own net.