Referee Victor Gomes awarded five penalties in the game, two of which were missed by Sundowns, and the Brazilians also missed a number of other good chances.
Sundowns could have had the lead in the 18th minute, but Teko Modise’s attempt from the spot was saved by Jaakkola. The Brazilians took a lead in the 26th minute when Teko Modise whipped a set-piece and Thabo and Nthete connected with the cross and converted.
Bongani Zungu was brought down inside the penalty box by Grandwald Scott, then Mamemlodi Sundwons were awarded a penalty and Katlego Mashego stepped forwarded and made no mistake converted. They then doubled their score before break.
The Urban Warriors were also fighting to equalize, Nathan Paulse scored a penalty that was awarded to them when Alje Schut challenged Granwald Scott unfairly in the box and the referee pointed to the spot.
The second half resumed the same with penalties awarded to Mamelodi Sundowns.
Mashego failed to convert a chance of making it 3-1 when he hit the crossbar with a powerful strike in the 55th minute.
Khama Billiat nearly got on the scoresheet midway through the second half against his former team when he lobbed in a shot which went narrowly wide of the post.
But Sundowns soon found the back of the net for the third time in the evening when Anthony Laffor came off the bench to beat Jaakkola with a strike at the near post.
Hlatshwayo’s dramatic overhead kick was denied by the upright in the final minutes, before Ajax were handed their second penalty of the evening of which Davids converted.
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