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Two second half strikes from Percy Tau and Khama Billiat saw Mamelodi Sundowns beat Polokwane City 2-0 in Absa Premiership encounter at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday night.
Although the first 10 minutes of the match was a cagey affair, the hosts were kept under pressure by the league champions as goalkeeper George Chigova became busy in his box.
In the 17th minute, the Brazilians were awarded a set piece and defender Tebogo Langerman's effort went inches wide of Chigova's left corner.
Kennedy Mweene was a spectator in the first 20 minutes until Puleng Tlolane's 24th minute strike which was collected by the Zambian net minder.
Pitso Mosimane was a disappointed man as his side failed to grab the lead despite enjoying the ball possession.
It was 0-0 at halftime.
As early 48th minute, Sibusiso Vilakazi was set free on the left flank and made a dangerous entry into the penalty box only for Chigova to produce a fine save.
However, in the 55th minute, the defending champions broke the deadlock through Tau when he blasted home following a wonderful cross from Thapelo Morena.
Luc Eymael's side lacked their combinations in the middle of the park, but Mweene stood firm as they resorted to long range efforts.
With nine minutes to go, Billiat made it 2-0 following a beautiful combination with Tau whose cross found the Zimbabwean unmarked in the box to easily bury the chance.
Despite their efforts to pull one back, the Citizens did not have a good game on the day and the Tshwane side walked away with their first three points in the 2016/17 campaign.
Polokwane City: (0) 0
Mamelodi Sundowns: (0) 2 (Tau 55', Billiat 81')
Polokwane City: Chigova, Semenya, Hlongwane, Tshilo (Tema 82'), Mbonani, Seabi (Jembula 68'), Manaka, Ramagalela, Mncwango, Tlolane, Maluleke.
Mamelodi Sundowns: Mweene, S. Zwane (Billiat 50'), Langerman (Mashaba 86'), Nascimento, Arendse, Mohomi, T. Zwane (Mabunda 70'), Morena, Vilakazi, Modise, Tau.