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Charles Mopeli
07/03/2015 20:15
Referee: Robert Smith

Ten-man Downs beat Stars

Posted: 7 March 2015 Time: 20:07

Ten-man Mamelodi Sundowns returned to 11 points behind Kaizer Chiefs after a hard-fought 2-0 win over relegation-threatened Free State Stars at Charles Mopeli Stadium.

Cuthbert Malajila gave Sundowns the lead just before half-time with a brilliant, looping header from Hlompho Kekana's free-kick.

The game looked to be turning when Mzikayise Mashaba was shown a red card for a second bookable offence in the 63rd minute following a late challenge on Stars goalkeeper Johnny Mathole, who produced several good saves throughout the match to keep the scoreline down.

But Khama Billliat gave the Brazilians a two-goal cushion with a fine, left-footed strike from the edge of the area into the bottom-right corner after neat work from substitute Themba Zwane.

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Billiat then missed two more chances to make the game safe but showed poor decision-making in the final third as Sundowns continued to create chances despite being a man down.

It was a much better second-half performance from the Brazilians, who did not find their usual rhythm in the first half but showed great tenacity in the second half, as left-half Tebogo Langerman's tracking back and last-ditch tackle to preserve the clean sheet showed.

HOME: Free State Stars

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