Photo Credit: Mamelodi Sundowns.
Cape Town City have secured a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Mamelodi Sundowns at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium.
Bradley Ralani managed to break the deadlock following a quick move down the left-hand side which exposed Sundowns defence. His initial shot was saved by goalkeeper Denis Onyango, but Ralani fired home from the rebound to make it 1-0 to City in the 13th minute.
Sundowns were also caught napping at the back and they were punished by in-form striker Kermit Erasmus, who made it two goals in as many matches just before the halftime break.
However, the deficit was reduced by Dove Edmilson, who netted an own goal from Gaston Sirino's corner-kick to make it 2-1 heading into the halftime break.
It took only nine minutes for Ralani to restore City's two-goal lead when he pounced following a mistake by Wayne Arendse, before chipping the ball over Onyango to making 3-1 to the hosts.
Mosimane then made three changes at the same time as Andile Jali, Phakamani Mahlambi and Sibusiso Vilakazi were introduced as Sundowns looked to pull one back.
The Brazilians then took control of the match and Mahlambi's goal-bound shot was blocked from close range with the City defence exposed in the 76th minute.
Sundowns did score in stoppage time when Keletso Makgalwa beat Leeuwenburgh with a low effort, but the goal proved to be a consolation only as City held onto their lead to emerge as winners on the night.
City (2) 3 (Ralani 13', 54', Erasmus 44')
Sundowns (1) 2 (Edmilson 45'+2, Makgalwa 90'+2)
CT City: Leeuwenburgh, Fielies, Mobara, Edmilson (Seedat 68'), Martin (Mkhize (46'), Mdantsane, Nodada, Roberts (Makola 64'), Lakay, Erasmus (Morris 75'), Ralani.
Sundowns: Onyango, Lukhubeni (Jali 63'), Langerman (Lakay 75'), Arendse, Mabunda (Vilakazi 63'), Coetzee, Mkhulise, Kekana, Sirino (Makgala 77'), Zwane (Mahlambi 64'), Maboe.