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How Mamelodi Sundowns managed to defeat Golden Arrows

Masandawana managed to secure their 3 points against Golden Arrows.

Mamelodi Sundowns reclaimed their four-point lead at the top of the Premier Soccer League table with a 1-0 win over Golden Arrows at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium thanks to Gaston Sirino's second-half goal.

Sundowns held another clean sheet, their seventh in the league this season, as the Uruguayan forward scored his first goal of the season in the 58th minute to separate the two teams.

Sundowns returned to domestic duty after second-placed SuperSport United overcame Baroka FC last weekend to close the deficit to just a point.

Aubrey Modiba was chosen ahead of Lyle Lakay to play at left-back, while Sibusiso was chosen ahead of Pavol Safranko.

With Mthokozisi Dube, Knox Mutizwa, and newly-capped Bafana Bafana defender Thabani Zuke in the starting lineup, goalkeeper Maximilian Mabeva was making his second league appearance for the hosts this season.

Sundowns had a rough afternoon as their opponents threatened them on several occasions.

Sundowns almost took the lead on a Gaston Sirino curler, but Arrows goalkeeper Maximilian Mbaeva denied him.

Sundowns defenders' sloppy marking almost handed Arrows the opener in the 20th minute, but Pule Mmodi's attempt went just wide.

A headed effort from an unmarked Velemseni Ndwandwe from a Dube cross from the right nearly missed the target two minutes later.

As Arrows broke through a flimsy Masandawana defense, we returned to fire just over the bar from the edge of the box.

Although Sundowns were able to claw their way back into the game, Arrows briefly had greater possession.

Despite this, they were unable to break through the defenses of their opponents.

Sirino gave Sundowns a respite when he connected from outside the box with an Andile Jali ball to leave Mbaeva with little chance.

After Khuliso Mudau fouled Siyabonga Khumalo inside the box, Lehlohonolo Seema's hosts were awarded a penalty.

However, substitute Michael Gumede missed a penalty kick, putting the Arrows under even greater pressure to make amends for their error.

Sundowns were able to keep their tiny lead till the final whistle. They will now focus on the Caf Champions League, with a match against Maniema Union scheduled for Sunday.

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Aubrey Modiba Gaston Sirino Mamelodi Sundowns Maximilian Mabeva Pavol Safranko

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