04/11/2012 1:29 PM - Black Leopards returned to the Peter Mokaba Stadium to face Mamelodi Sundowns in an Absa Premiership clash. View all the stats from this Wednesday evening encounter.
Samuel Mabunda 12
Punch Masenamela 2
Nyasha Mushekwi 21
Luyolo Mapolisa 53
Itumeleng Duiker 90
Lebohang Mokoena 90
Sundowns hold on for the vital three points and go top of the PSL standings.
Lebohang Mokoena earns a yellow card after taking out a Leopards player with a clumsy lunge on the edge of the Sundowns area. The free-kick, however, is sent high into the stands.
Bafana Sibeko replaces Mapolisa as Leopards make their final change.
Sundowns make a substitution as Richard Henyekane comes on for Elias Pelembe.
Masenamela makes a crucial clearance in front of the Sundowns goalmouth after a cross comes in from the byline with Bobe waiting.
Sundowns make a change as Hlompho Kekana replaces Moriri.
Leopards are enjoying some spells in possession but they lack the cutting edge in front of goal and don't seem to be able to convert their limited opportunities.
As it stands, Sundowns will go top of the PSL standings, ahead of Pirates on goal difference, while Leopards will be three points clear of the drop zone. The Brazilians have not really been tested this half, they look set to grab all three points.
Leopards make another change as Joshua Obaje comes on for David Zulu.
Leopards are holding their own so far this half, but Sundowns go close through Lebohang Mokoena, whose volleyed effort only just misses the target.
First yellow card of the night as Luyolo Mapolisa is cautioned for his poor tackle on Surprise Moriri.
Leopards make a substitution. They replace problematic goalkeeper Azwindini Maphaha with Thabang Maluleke.
Free-kick for Leopards in a promising position, just outside the Sundowns area, but it's blocked.
Leopards kick off the second half and forces Calvin Marlin into an early save.
Half-time at the Peter Mokaba Stadium with Sundowns leading by one goal. The visitors are looking comfortable. Leopards would need to do something special in the second half to get back into the game.
Sundowns are well in control of the game. Leopards don't look like scoring any time soon.
The match has calmed down a tad. Sundowns look comfortable on the ball and are patiently probing the Leopards defence.
Maphaha is having difficulties in the Leopards goal again. He just doesn't appear to have any presence in the area and is almost caught out with a high ball which he fails to collect.
GOAL Sundowns! Nyasha Mushekwi heads home at the near post after a magnificent cross into the area by Clayton Daniels.
The equaliser has certainly reignited the hosts. They are not afraid to attack the Brazilians and are creating some problems for the visiting defence. Meanwhile, at the other end of the pitch the home keeper has started to rebuild his confidence with a solid take out of the air.
GOAL Leopards! The hosts put together a good attack and win the corner. The delivery is spot on and finds Tiyane Mabunda, who heads home with conviction to equalise. Leopards are right back in the game with that goal very much against the run of play.
This may turn into a long night for the hosts. Not only are Sundowns in the lead, they are also dominating play. Leopards haven't been able to settle into this match.
GOAL Sundowns! Punch Masenamela has a go from long range and opens the scoring. The Leopards keeper Azwindini Maphaha makes a complete hash of the save as he wrong-foots himself and sees the ball find the back of his net. Very soft goal to concede so early on.
Sundowns kick off the clash donning their blue and white away strip.
A win for the Brazilians will see them go top of the PSL standings, leapfrogging Pirates, who are three points ahead but have an inferior goal difference.
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