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By Tumelo Sefatsa
Mamelodi Sundowns kept their unbeaten record in the Absa Premiership 2018/2019 season defeating Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 at the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Anthony Laffor opened the scoring for Masandawana as early as the third minute after beating Willard Katsande inside the box to strike a low shot into the far corner. Katsande then brought Chiefs level in the 14th minute with a free-header after lurking at the back post of Sundowns defence.
The pace of the game slowed down after half-an-hourfollowing few chances obtained and the sides went to the break level pegging at 1-1.
Ernst Middendorp made a double substitution at the beginning of the second half with Godfrey Walusimbi and Hendrick Ekstein making way for Bernard Parker and Teenage Hadebe respectively.
Parker had another chance to grab the lead for Amakhosi in the 68th minute with a glancing header at the near post that sailed slightly wide at the far post. Sundowns made a double substitution in the 72nd minute, bringing on Sphelele Mkhulise in place of Jeremy Brockie and Lyle Lakay in place of Mosa Lebusa.
Lebohang Maboe restored the lead for Masandawana nine minutes before time after Vries mistimed a high ball that bounced, which allowed the former Maritzburg United man to tap into an empty net.
The Naturena side kept on pushing for the equaliser but Sundowns defended in numbers and managed to hold on for the win that sees them climbing fourth on the log.