Kaizer Chiefs 0-1 Mamelodi Sundowns: Sirino strikes to blow PSL title race wide open
The Brazilians are now tied on points with Amakhosi following their win at Orlando Stadium on Thursday night
Amakhosi went into this encounter leading the Brazilians by three points but the win sees the two sides equal on points with only three games to go.
The Soweto giants, however, continue to occupy the first position as they have a better goal difference compared to the Tshwane outfit.
Ernst Middendorp made five changes to the side that played to a 1-1 draw with Stellenbosch with players such as Erick Mathoho and Lebogang Manyama returning to the starting line-up.
Khama Billiat started on the bench as the Amakhosi technical team opted for the young Keletso Sifama on the right-hand side of the midfield.
On the other hand, Pitso Mosimane brought back Themba Zwane on the left-hand side with Mosa Lebusa partnering Motjeka Madisha at the back.
After a lively start to the encounter, Sundowns got the first chance to open the scoring through Lyle Lakay but the left-footer couldn’t beat Daniel Akpeyi.
It was end-to-end stuff from early on and Chiefs should have opened the scoring in the 13th-minute when Bernard Parker was played through on goal but the veteran midfielder decided to pick a pass instead of taking a shot with only Kennedy Mweene to beat.
Sundowns won a free-kick in a promising area six minutes later and Lakay stepped up to take it.
However, Akpeyi came to the party, parrying the curling effort out for a corner for his first real save of the evening.
It was all Sundowns afterwards as Chiefs struggled to put together more than five passes in the final third.
In fact, they created a few good chances with Lazarous Kambole also getting the chance to break the deadlock but failed to connect with the ball from the edge of the box.
Sifama was tightly marked on the right-hand side, and he often found himself struggling to beat his markers but most importantly, there was an obvious lack of support from his teammates.
Sirino would then break the deadlock with a superb goal in the 34th-minute after being cleverly played through by Zwane.
This was the last thing Chiefs needed, given that they had no Leonardo Castro and Samir Nurkovic to come and rescue them, but they will have themselves to blame after Katsande had failed to clear the lines from the back.
Sundowns went into the break leading Chiefs 1-0 and Middendorp had to make changes to his starting line-up and change his approach for the second half.
More to follow…