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Mamelodi Sundowns were crowned DStv Premiership champions

Masandawana take an unassailable 10-point lead in the standings over second-placed Amazulu

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Mamelodi Sundowns were crowned DStv Premiership champions for the fourth consecutive season after a 3-1 victory over 10-man SuperSport United on Wednesday.

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The win means Masandawana take an unassailable 10-point lead in the standings over second-placed Amazulu with three games of the campaign still remaining.

Lebohang Maboe, Aubrey Modiba and Themba Zwane all got on the scoresheet as Sundowns dominated their Tshwane rivals at the Loftus Versfeld stadium.

Matsatsantsa did not help themselves as they were reduced to 10 men as early as the seventh minute when Guily Manziba was shown a straight red card for a reckless over the top challenge on Sphelele Mkhulise.

The champions dominated possession with a man to the good but were given a scare in the 29th minute when a stray pass from defender Brian Onyango fell into the path of Bradley Grobler but goalkeeper Denis Onyango made a good save to deny the striker.

Sundowns took the lead shortly thereafter as good build-up play saw Modiba released on the left and he produced a good low cross that was tucked home by Maboe.

The second goal came in the 40th minute as Modiba, after switching to the right-hand side, saw his in-swinging cross beat everybody, including SuperSport shot-stopper Ronwen Willams, and go straight into the net.

Modiba was again involved in the third goal of the game as he set up Zwane to finish on the stroke of half-time.

Sundowns were awarded a penalty in the 54th minute after Keenan Phillips was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box following a cross from Erasmus.

Zwane stepped up but saw his spot-kick saved by Williams who produced a full-length dive to his right-hand side.

SuperSport got a consolation strike as Teboho Mokoena produced a superb long-range volley that gave Onyango no chance in the 86th minute.

Even though it was the goal of the match, Matsatsantsa could not prevent Sundowns from taking the win and celebrating their league title.

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