Mamelodi Sundowns edge out Richards Bay thanks to Junior Mendieta

Mamelodi Sundowns edge out Richards Bay thanks to Junior Mendieta

A last-minute winner from Junior Mendieta secured all three points for Mamelodi Sundowns on Tuesday night, as they beat visitors Richards Bay 1-0 in the DStv Premiership.

The Sundowns squad underwent substantial changes, fielding 11 new players following their recent CAF Champions League quarter-final first-leg encounter against Young Africans.

Early in the clash, Richards Bay opted for a defensive approach, absorbing pressure without allowing Sundowns to trouble goalkeeper Salim Magoola.

Despite the Natal Richboyz looking to exploit counterattacks, they failed to capitalise on half-chances, leading to a goalless first half.

Sundowns displayed promising gameplay early in the second half, with Gaston Sirino and Siphelele Mkhululise combining well to create opportunities, including a chance for Lebogang Maboe that narrowly missed.

Both teams made multiple substitutions in search of a breakthrough. However, it wasn't until the 86th minute that Sundowns registered their first shot on target, courtesy of Siyabonga Mabena's setup for Neo Maema, well-saved by Magoola.

The deadlock was finally broken when Sphelele Mkhulise's cross found Mendieta, who headed home the winning goal.

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