Mamelodi Sundowns walked away with all three points in a thrilling Absa Premiership encounter with Bloemfontein Celtic after a 2-1 victory at the Dr Molemela Stadium on Wednesday night.
Tebogo Langerman almost put Sundowns ahead as early as the 16th minute after the speedy leftback ventured foward to meet a low cross from Gaston Sirino, but he was unable to direct his shot on target.
Hlompo Kekana fired a swerving long-range shot which rebounded off the upright and fell for defender Mosa Lebusa, who steered the ball under the body of goalkeeper Mondli Mpoto to make it 1-0 to the Sundowns.
‘Downs should have doubled their lead just before the break when they stole possession high up the field and Sibusiso Vilakazi was put in on goal, but his low shot was saved by Mpoto to ensure the Tshwane side held only a one-goal lead at halftime.
Kekana was brought down in the box after some burst of pace from the skipper and earned Sundowns a penalty soon after the restart for a clumsy foul. Themba Zwane converted from the spot make it 2-0 in the 50th minute.
Zwane almost grabbed a second goal in the 74th minute, sending a long range curler toward the top corner, but the Celtic keeper made an excellent save to palm the ball over the top of the crossbar.
The the home team scored a consolation goal in the 87th minute after Andile Jali was judged to have handled the ball in the box. The match ended with the 2-1 scoreline and moved Sundowns 3rd on the Absa Premiership log.
LINEUP: Onyango, Ngcongca, Madisha, Lebusa, Langerman, Seabi, Kekana, Zwane (Arendse 90+5’), Sirino (Lakay 82’), Vilakazi (Jali 68’), Maboe