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  • 21 September 2013
  • • 18:00
  • • Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria (Tshwane)
  • Referee: V. Hlungwani
  • • Attendance: 5000
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Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1 Bidvest Wits: Brazilians secure three points at home

Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1 Bidvest Wits: Brazilians secure three points at home

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After both sides found the back of the net in the first half, Khama Billiat's second half strike proved to be the eventual winner for Mamelodi Sundowns

Mamelodi Sundowns defeated Bidvest Wits in a compelling PSL clash at Loftus Versveld on Saturday evening, with Khama Billiat sealing the win for the Brazilians.

The talented sides traded blows early in the first half, with Sundowns going into the lead via a clinical Alje Schut header in the 13th minute. Wits hit back eight minutes later - Getaneh Kebede providing a classy finish to beat Kennedy Mweene from close range.

Wits threatened to spoil the Sundowns party, but Khama Billiat was on hand to score the winner for the home side with 58 minutes on the clock, finishing off a move constructed by the visionary passing of Bongani Zungu.

A cagey start to the match was brought to life in the sixth minute, when Khama Billiat burst down the left side of midfield and struck a left-footed shot towards goal, which narrowly missed the target, brushing the right post on its way out for a goal kick.

 Sundowns had their second chance of the first half when Cuthbert Malajila muscled his way in front of Musa Bilankulu and managed to direct a header on target, which Moeneeb Josephs turned around the corner for a corner kick.

The resulting set-piece secured a lead for a dominant Sundowns in the 13th minute, as Billiat curled in a dangerous delivery, which found an unmarked Alje Schut in the box.

Schut rose to meet the corner and timed a powerful header past a hapless Josephs to make it 1-0 in favour of the hosts.   

Wits did not have to wait long for a response, as Papy Faty forced Kennedy Mweene to parry a thunderous shot into the path of Getaneh Kebede, who placed a low strike into the bottom left corner of the net with 21 minutes on the clock.

Wits looked confident in possession after finding their equaliser, resulting in shots at goal from Matthew Pattinson and Ryan Chapman, after the visitors found weaknesses in Sundowns defensive line-up.

Bongani Zungu’s vision created a chance for Sundowns in the 39th minute, as the midfielder slid a pass into the path of Malajila, whose blocked shot found Zungu once more, but the inventor of the move blasted his long-range effort into the stands.  

The first half ended all square despite a few half chances in stoppage time, with both sides looking like they could find a winner in the second stanza.

Wits started the second half well, as Sibusiso Vilakazi used his strength to muscle past Sundowns’ defenders and hit a low drive towards goal. Vilakazi’s effort took a deflection, forcing Mweene to turn the shot around the post.

Sundowns began to take control of proceedings as the second half took shape. Khama Billiat came to the fore, scoring his side’s second of the night in the 58th minute.

Zungu’s deft pass into the area found an onrushing Billiat, whose first shot at goal was valiantly saved by Josephs, but the rebound fell kindly for the striker and he made no mistake in hitting the back of the net to secure a lead for the home side.  

Wits brought on Benjani Mwaruwari to boost their chances, but their in-form striker Kebede provided the Clever Boys with another effort at goal, with his long range thunderbolt forcing Mweene to palm the ball to safety with an acrobatic save.

Mweene proved his hefty price tag with a string of impressive saves as Wits pushed for the equaliser, but it was too little too late for the visitors as Sundowns were able to hang on for a vital win to move on par with Moroka Swallows at the top of the PSL standings.

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