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Thabiso Kutumela of Mamelodi Sundowns shoots and scores during the DStv Premiership 2021/22 football match between Sundowns and Royal AM at Loftus Stadium, Pretoria on 12 December 2021 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Watch: Thabiso Kutumela’s cool finish gets Sundowns rolling

Thabiso Kutumela latched onto a fluffed headed clearance, coolly volleying into the Royal AM net to open the scoring for Sundowns.

Sundowns

Thabiso Kutumela of Mamelodi Sundowns shoots and scores during the DStv Premiership 2021/22 football match between Sundowns and Royal AM at Loftus Stadium, Pretoria on 12 December 2021 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Royal AM came charging back late on, however the Durban side were unable to level matters and went down 3-2 in a DStv Premiership clash with Sundowns at Loftus Versfeld on Wednesday.

Thabiso Kutumela latched onto a fluffed headed clearance, coolly volleying into the Royal AM net to open the scoring.

Sundowns haven’t looked like losing of late, however, they looked sharp from the outset.

Watch: Kutumela’s cool finish gets Sundowns rolling

In addition to the skill of Kutumela Sundowns also had some luck when just before halftime there was a contentious call, as Mosa Lebusa brought down Tebogo Potsane. The Defender escaped a red card however and the hosts went on to stretch their lead.

Brazilians get lucky

A brace from Peter Shalulile subsequently gave Sundowns a 3-0 lead, and it appeared they would cruise to victory.

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Victor Letsoalo breathed life into the Royal AM challenge in the 81st minute of the match, and would later convert a stoppage time penalty, however time ran out on their comeback meaning Sundowns stretch their lead in the Premiership.

Sundowns remain unbeaten in the league this season and look set to further their bid to secure a record fifth top-flight title in a row. They returned to winning ways having drawn with Stellenbosch FC last weekend.

Next up for the Brazilians is another Tshwane derby, meaning they face their Pretoria rivals just a few weeks removed from their 2-2 draw on 24 November. 

With 34 points Sundowns sport a ten-point lead atop the PSL table as a result of their latest triumph.

Downs ‘visit’ the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Saturday 11 December to face off with SuperSport United in their second league meeting.

The matches come thick and fast for Sundowns before the Christmas break. Masandawana will take on SuperSport, next, followed by Baroka, Orlando Pirates, Amazulu and Marumo Gallants before an extended break, therefore lending extra significance to the upcoming fixtures.

Teams: Sundowns 3-2 Royal AM

Sundowns: 1. Mweene, 5. Lebusa, 7. Lakay, 28. De Reuck, 27. Morena, 4. Kekana, 32. Kutumela, 15. Jali, 35. Maema, 24. Vilakazi, 38. Shalulile.

Royal AM: 16. Nyame, 3. Mahashe, 24. Lingwati, 13. Manganyi, 20. Mkhize, 12. Mahlasela, 8. Phalane, 30. Monamodi, 50. Masuku, 10. Mabena, 11. Potsane.