Cape City – Mamelodi Sundowns suffered their second league defeat of the season once they went down 3-2 to Golden Arrows at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on Sunday.
The torrential downpour meant possession was being turned over an excessive amount of for both facet’s liking within the opening exchanges because the gamers tailored to the situations.
Thapelo Morena had the primary first rate try of the sport within the tenth minute. The ball was performed excessive of the Arrows defence down their left-hand facet with Morena working on to the ball and bringing a good save out of Edmore Sibanda together with his toes from an acute angle.
Lyle Lakay was wanting a menace from dead-ball conditions and got here shut from two successive corners however Sibanda did effectively on each events, scrambling to tip the ball over the bar within the gale-force wind.
Within the 36th minute, Arrows had a uncommon spell of possession within the Sundowns closing third and produced some neat interaction with Lindokuhle Mtshali backheeling the ball in to the trail of Knox Mutizwa, who had loads of house simply contained in the field however drilled his effort simply extensive of the right-hand upright.
The Brazilians deservedly took the lead within the 40th minute. Tebogo Langerman obtained himself free down the left-hand facet on the overlap and squared the ball again in to the field for Morena, who did sufficient to bundle the ball over the road regardless of barely mis-hitting his effort.
The introduction of Jose Ali Meza rather than Sphelele Mkhulise made Sundowns instantly look extra of a menace.
However Arrows had the perfect probability of the second half when Mtshali’s nook was headed inches over the crossbar within the 58th minute.
And catastrophe struck for Sundowns on the hour mark when Denis Onyango made an uncharacteristic error, permitting the ball to slide by means of his legs from Danny Phiri’s strike and in to the again of the web.
Abafana Bes’thende took the lead within the 71st minute when Mutizwa grabbed his sixth purpose of the season after working on to Divine Lunga’s lengthy ball and ending clinically in to the underside right-hand nook from the angle on the right-hand facet.
Mutizwa had an opportunity to seize his brace from the penalty spot within the 80th minute after Motjeka Madisha introduced Seth Parusnath down within the field and the Zimbabwean made no mistake as he despatched Onyango the mistaken strategy to give the hosts a 3-1 lead.
Sundowns midfielder Andile Jali pulled a purpose again within the 87th minute when he ran on to a again heel from Mosa Lebusa to fireside in to the far nook from the fitting expertly.
Quickly after, Lakay had a golden alternative to equalise when he was performed by means of by Sibusiso Vilakazi, however his effort was brilliantly blocked by Arrows captain Mathome Mathiane because the hosts closed out the shock victory.