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Sundowns thrash Swallows

Cup Competitions

Pretoria – Mamelodi Sundowns trounced Moroka Swallows 5-0 in the opening match of the Gauteng Football Cup tournament at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Saturday.

The defending Premiership champions scored four second-half goals after they led 1-0 at half-time thanks to a solitary goal scored by captain Alje Schut.

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ATTERIDGEVILLE, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 19: Katlego Mashego of Sundowns and Rudi Isaacs of SuperSport during the Gauteng Cup match between Moroka Swallows and Mamelodi Sundowns from Lucas Moripe Stadium on July 19, 2014 in Atteridgeville, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Sundowns put on a show for their supporters who came in their numbers to cheer on the team that ended a seven-year league title drought last season.

The Brazilians put on a brilliant second-half performance, which was a one-sided affair for the most part.

Sundowns' striker Katlego Mashego displayed his sharpshooting skills with a well-drilled free-kick that doubled the lead in the 50th minute.

Then Rodney Magalagalela capitalised on a mistake by the Swallows' defence to make it 3-0 in the 73rd minute. Exciting midfielder Themba Zwane, playing in his first official match since his return from loan, followed with a brace to round off the match.

The skilful Zwane's first goal came from the penalty spot in the 74th minute. In the 86th minute he finished off a great combination play with Luyolo Nomandela to seal an emphatic victory for the champions. – Sapa

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