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Downs squeeze past Highlands in Tembisa

Mamelodi Sundowns maintained their unbeaten run in the Absa Premiership with a 2-1 win away to Highlands Park.

Surprise inclusions and exclusions in the starting elevens of both indicated a tantalising affair buoyed by a lively crowd, with Pitso Mosimane deploying Thapelo Morena upfront.

A defensive horror from the home side allowed Morena to sneak behind and go toe-to-toe at goal to beat Kapini with an easy finish on 11 minutes.

Lining up in attack, Morena caused mayhem as he set-up Themba Zwane from the right to finish off from close-range on 19 minutes to double Sundowns’ lead.

The former Bloemfontein Celtic man threatened again as he went past one defender to send in a cross for Lebohang Maboe, who saw his shot cleared off the goal-line on 25 minutes.

After the half and hour mark, Highlands reduced the tally courtesy of Lindokuhle Mbatha who easily snatched home from a Denis Onyango slip-up. Minutes later, Peter Shalulile beat the offside trap and out-sprinted the defence to go one-on-one with Onyango, but the Ugandan stood clear to make a save.

Mbatha threatened to complete his brace after cutting in from the left side but his right-foot curler crashed against the underside of the crossbar just before the break.

Sundowns made the gameโ€™s first substitution in the second half when Lyle Lakay replaced Liberian international Anthony Laffor after 57 minutes.

Sundowns made the gameโ€™s first substitution in the second half when Lyle Lakay replaced Liberian international Anthony Laffor after 57 minutes.

Following a slow opening hour, Downs nearly staged a third of the evening when Kekanaโ€™s long-range drive required quick reflexes off Kapini who duly obliged.

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