Emiliano Tade scored early and Lebohang Maboe netted against his old club as 10-man Mamelodi Sundowns went top of the Absa Premiership table again on Tuesday, winning their catch-up game against bottom placed Maritzburg United to open up a three point lead. Maritzburg remain bottom with only six games left, although they gave a good account of themselves even if the gulf in quality between the two sides was all too obvious at times. Fortune Makaringe reduced the deficit with eight minutes to go to set up a grandstand finish, but Sundowns held out despite playing the last 30 minutes with one man short after Gaston Sirino was sent off. Maboe set Tade up for the opener after only five minutes as he struck powerfully from the edge of the area with the defenders backing off. Sirino beat the offside trap to set up the second goal in the 21st minute, running onto a ball over the top from skipper Hlompho Kekana before hitting the ball square for Maboe to score.

It meant Maritzburg had...

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