SuperSport beat City to close gap on Sundowns

Thatayaone Ditlhokwe © Gallo Images

SuperSport United beat Cape Town City 2-1 in a 2020-21 DStv Premiership match at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday.

Thamsanqa Gabuza provided the desired impact off the bench for Matsatsanta who duly moved within two points of league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, who are in Caf Champions League action this evening. City remain in sixth following a second straight defeat, 10 points off top spot.

Gamphani Lungu opened the scoring for SuperSport in the 23rd minute. Evans Rusike eased past Terrence Mashego who seemed hesitant to tackle the Zimbabwean forward and after bursting into the area he found Lungu, who bundled the ball home from close range.

City came close to pulling level on the cusp of half-time as Craig Martin teed up Mduduzi Mdantsane, but the attacking midfielder curled his left-footed shot inches wide of goal.

The Citizens found their goal two minutes after the break. Surprise Ralani turned Keenan Phillips inside-out before watching his powerful effort canon off the crossbar, Ronwen Williams' leg and into the back of the net.

Taariq Fielies kept the teams at level-pegging with a superb goal-line clearance to deny Bradley Grobler in the 75th minute but Matsatsantsa wouldn't be denied five minutes later. A long ball forward from Williams caught City napping and Gabuza pounced, rising above Keanu Cupido to nod home for his sixth goal of the season.

City pushed forward in the closing stages of the encounter and came close to nicking a point. Tashreeq Morris stung Williams' palms in the 82nd minute before the SuperSport captain pulled off a brilliant stop to deny Fielies with the final kick of the match, as the hosts held on to claim all three points.

SuperSport United (1) 2 (Lungu 23' Gabuza 80')
Cape Town City (0) 1 (Ralani 47')

SUPERSPORT UNITED: Williams; Mahachi, Ditlhokwe, Khumalo, Phillips, Mohomi (Donn 54'), Mbule (Fleurs 83'), Webber, Lungu, Rusike (Gabuza 77'), Grobler. 

CAPE TOWN CITY: Leeuwenburgh; Mashego (Morris 46'), Fielies, Mobara (Cupido 58'), Mkhize (Potouridis 46'), Mokeke, Nodada, Mdantsane (Makola 74'), Martin, Ralani, Lakay (Shonga 79').