Sundowns close gap on Chiefs with 3-1 win

2014-03-25 22:32

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Mamelodi Sundowns continued to stick to the tail of Premier Soccer League leaders Kaizer Chiefs, with a clinical 3-1 victory over Platinum Stars, at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Rustenburg.

The Brazilians remain three points behind the defending champions from one extra game.

While Sundowns face a tough task in hauling in the log leaders, the success over Stars, who have been their nemesis over recent seasons, was rewarding.

A victory tonight would have elevated Stars from eighth to fourth place on the log, but this rarely looked a possibility after Surprise Moriri opened the score for Sundowns in the 21st minute.

Moriri produced a classical first-time finish from close range after receiving a defence-splitting pass from Mzikayise Mashaba.

Liberian international Anthony Laffor split the Stars' defence in the 49th minute to increase Sundowns' lead with a classy goal.

Lebohang Mokoena, reeled off a piledriver to make the score an unassailable 3-0 in the 77th minute.

Stars showed brief moments of their true ability in the last 10 minutes, with top scorer and team general Robert Ng'ambi reducing the defeat with an opportunistic, close-range header in the 80th minute.

Sundowns' satisfaction over turning the tables on Stars was tempered somewhat by an injury in the closing stages to Wayne Sandilands.

The goalkeeper came down heavily on his ankle in making a save after Sundowns had already made their mandatory three substitutions.

Sandilands, however, bravely saw out the match, although he limped through the final proceedings.

With their sixth win from their last eight matches, and their fourth in a row, Sundowns have shown that they would do their utmost to not make the Premier League run-in a one-horse race.

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