South Africa Nedbank Cup: Gaston Sirino with hat-trick as Sundowns demolish La Masia

Gaston Sirino scored a hat-trick while Matias Esquivel was also on the score sheet as Mamelodi Sundowns thumped NB La Masia 6-1 to advance to the next round of the Nedbank Cup.

Terrence Mashego and Lebohang Maboe were the other Sundowns players to hit the back of the net as the Premiership outfit outclassed their Motsepe Foundation Championship opponents, who got a consolation goal through a Fuad Johnson penalty.

Sirino started the scoring spree in the 18th minute before January signing Esquivel struck a beautiful free-kick to double the lead. Mashego added his name to the scorers list just before the half-hour mark but a lapse in concentration saw Marcelo Allende commit a foul inside the box allowing Johnson to pull a goal back from the penalty spot.

Sundowns though reasserted their dominance quickly and Sirino scored his second goal of the evening as the South African champions went into the break with a commanding 4-1 lead.

The second-half proved to be a similar one-sided affair and Maboe extended the lead soon after the interval after being teed up by Sirino. The attacking midfielder then completed his hat-trick with 20 minutes remaining, sweeping in a low cross from substitute Thembinkosi Lorch.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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