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Sundowns Breaks Another PSL Record In Royal AM Win

A dominant Mamelodi Sundowns quickly dismantled and annihilated Royal AM to earn an emphatic 5-1 DStv Premiership victory at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Tuesday, which pushes the Tshwane giants closer to being crowned champions.

The win also saw the Brazilians again write their name in the Premier Soccer League history books with an eleventh straight home win, ending a 24-year long-standing record (10 home wins) the club set in 1999, according to Opta Jabu.

Masandawana are league champions-elect for a record sixth consecutive season. Still, they are not mathematically crowned yet, despite second-placed SuperSport United being 20 points behind them in the standings, with a game in hand.

Their Tshwane neighbours and rivals would have to win all their remaining matches and rely on Sundowns to lose all their league fixtures to be crowned champions, which looks improbable at this point in the season.

Sundowns could be declared champions in their next league match if they claim three points against Cape Town City (April 1) and SuperSport fail to win against Orlando Pirates on Saturday (18 March) or against Chippa United (April 1).

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That would mean another PSL record ticked off if they are to reach that achievement – winning the league title in 24 league games, a feat they are desperately chasing.

Mokwena gives 16-year-old PSL taste

It had only been less than 72 hours since Downsโ€™ last match, which was aย thumping 5-2 win against Egyptian giants Al Ahly on Saturdayย in their Group B CAF Champions League.

Brazilians head coach Rhulani Mokwena confidently opted not to change his winning eleven as the same side took the field on Tuesday, which paid off.

But the opening 15 minutes belonged to Royal AM as striker Sedwyn Curtis George hit the upright from close range before goalscoring opportunities began to dry up for the Durban side.

Sundowns found their groove 20 minutes into the game as brilliant inter-passing play by Teboho Mokoena, and Neo Maema dictated the play in midfield. The former Bloemfontein Celtic attacker then cheekily backheeled the ball into the path of Cassius Mailula, who casually placed it into the top corner.

Remaining league matches for Sundowns:

Cape Town City (1 April)

Swallows (9 April)

Golden Arrows (22 April)

Richards Bay (29 April)

AmaZulu (3 May)

Gallants (10 May)

Maritzburg (20 May)

*NB: Dates may change due to Sundowns’ participate in the CAF Champions League and Nedbank Cup

A defensive error by defender Ricardo Nascimento and goalkeeper Zakahle Xolani resulted in an own goal before Peter Shalulile took his league goal tally into double figures that all-but-confirmed Sundowns’ 18th win in all competitions before the half-time whistle.

Six minutes into the second half, the Namibian international completed his brace from close range with a strikers instinct finish in the 18-yard box following poor defensive work by the visiting team.

Lantshane Phalane then struck a world-class consolation goal with a powerful 25-yard strike that goalkeeper Ronwen Williams had no chance of saving.

Mothobi Mvala grabbed Sundowns’ fifth goal with a clean-headed effort before Mokwena capped off the evening, bringing on 16-year-old Siyabonga Mabena.

His 15-minute cameo off the substitutes bench made him one of the youngest players in the modern PSL era.

Sundowns return to action on Saturday against Sudan outfit Al Hilal in the Champions League. Mokwena’s charges need only a point to advance to the quarter-final of Africa’s premier competition.

Elsewhere in the league on Tuesday, top-four chasers Cape Town City entertained relegation-threatened Marumo Gallants at Cape Town Stadium.

The home side failed on two occasions to hold onto the lead against Gallants as the visiting side claimed a vital 2-2 draw in their quest for Premiership safety.

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