Sundowns win to go top as Chiefs lose again

2014-04-09 22:04

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Surprise Moriri scored a first-half header as Mamelodi Sundowns climbed to the top of the Premiership, beating Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

Mpumalanga Black Aces edged Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 in Johannesburg in a simultaneous fixture tonight, which allowed Sundowns to take full advantage and move three points clear at the top of the table.

Moriri did enough to ensure the Brazilians climbed back to the top, following more than two months waiting in second position in the league standings.

The win for Sundowns extended their run of consecutive victories to seven, as the local Sundowns supporters erupted upon hearing the news that Chiefs were outdone at the FNB Stadium.

A bright start for the home side saw the return of Khama Billiat to the starting line-up for the first time since the end of February, after injury kept the Zimbabwean international sidelined for six weeks.

Billiat was in the thick of the action from the first whistle, paying regular visits into the opposing half, while Teko Modise bossed the midfield early in the tie.

Modise was on top of his game and soon helped the home side take the lead, hovering over a free-kick outside the area, before delivering a perfect delivery for Moriri to head home for his fourth of the season.

Chiefs, on the other hand, suffered a second consecutive defeat as they went down to Aces.

Miguel Timm scored the solitary goal for Aces in the 90th minute with a fine finish that gave Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune no chance.

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