Mamelodi Sundowns scored two quick-fire goals to secure a 2-0 win over Ajax Cape Town at Loftus Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Percy Tau and Themba Zwane on target for the Brazilians who move up to second place on the standings, with results elsewhere having gone their way.
The Urban Warriors, in fact, enjoyed an outstanding first half with Stanley Menzo’s game plan working to perfection.
For large parts of the game it seemed as if a repeat of the reverse fixture was on the cards, only for ‘Downs to turn up the style following the break.
After Khama Billiat and Tau saw their respective efforts over the crossbar, the latter was brilliantly denied by Brandon Petersen in the 31st minute.
Ajax Cape Town ended the half the better of the two sides with Neo Makua and Thabo Mosadi forcing Denis Onyango into successive saves at the opposite end of the park, as the first stanza ended goalless.
The Brazilians improved following the interval and were unlucky not to hit the front as Hlompho Kekana’s 45-yard rocket rattled the woodwork.
Tau finally broke the deadlock in the 68th minute as he calmly chipped the ball over the onrushing Petersen after being put through on goal by former Urban Warrior, Billiat.
Sundowns doubled their lead six minutes later through Zwane – the midfielder on hand to tap into an open net following a weaving run my Anthony Laffor.
Ajax Cape Town provided little threat in the closing stages as ‘Downs made huge strides in defending their title.
Mamelodi Sundowns 2 (Tau 68′ T.Zwane 74’) -0 Ajax Cape Town
Mamelodi Sundowns: Onyango; Langerman (Hachi 67′), Nascimento, Madisha, Morena – Kekana, Mohomi – T.Zwane (Modise 84′), Billiat, Mashaba (Laffor 46′) – Tau
Ajax Cape Town: Petersen, Isaacs, Pietersen, Coetzee (Lartey 78′), Lebusa – Graham, Margeman – Mosadi (Funga 81′), Kabwe, Makua (Mzwakali 61′) – Nxumalo