Mamelodi Sundowns returned to winning ways in the Absa Premiership following a 3-0 victory over Polokwane City who was relegated on Wednesday evening.
Sundowns made in five changes as Ricardo Nascimento, Rivaldo Coetzee, Anele Ngcongca, Lebohang Maboe and a first start of the season for Promise Mkhuma.
The Brazilians had a clear chance to take the lead on two minutes after Mkhuma turned on the magic outside the area before getting a shot at George Chigova, who palmed to safety.
Rise and Shine were under further pressure on 31 minutes when an inch-perfect pass by Hlompho Kekana picked out Maboe, who unleashed first-time only for Chigova to pull off a save.
Sundowns did go ahead seven minutes later when a touch from Nascimento of a corner proved too strong for Chigova, allowing Ngcongca to slot home the rebound.
The Brazilians had a second after 43 minutes when Themba Zwane twisted and turned near the area before slotting past Chigova.
Masandawana started the second half just as the first as Jose Ali Meza opened space from the far side on the right before going into the side-netting, while Polokwane struggled to get going.
Rise and Shine got their first sight of goal when a loose ball from Mkhuma released Sibusiso Hlubi is a promising area, but he went over the top.
Clinton Larsen looked to change the home side’s fortunes following the 55th minute and introduced a double attacking change in Jabulani Maluleke and Charlton Mashumba.
Sundowns had the ball in the back of the net minutes later after Gaston Sirino tapped in from the far side of the area, but the strike was flagged for offside.
Masandawana looked for and got their just rewards at the death when Keletso Makgalwa raced through on goal for a composed finish to wrap up the result.
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Source – SoccerLaduma