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FOOTBALL NEWS - Mamelodi Sundowns have moved up to third place on the Absa Premiership standings after defeating Free State Stars 2-1 at the Goble Park Stadium in Bethlehem on Monday evening.
Percy Tau scored both goals for the Brazilians, who join leaders Maritzburg United and Cape Town City on six points though the latter two teams now have a game in hand.
As for Ea Lla Koto, defeat in new coach Luc Eymael’s first match in charge sees them drop to second-last on the log.
Stars started brightly and created the first chance of the match in the 10th minute, with Katlego Mokhuoane cutting inside from the left before sending a low shot just wide of the near post.
Sundowns also had their moments in attack in the first half, with Leonardo Castro denied from a tight angle in the 22nd minute by a combination of goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangare and the upright.
The Brazilians also had a setback in their forward line when Liberian Anthony Laffor picked up an ankle injury. He tried to run it off, but was replaced on 29 minutes by Tau.
Tau’s introduction proved very fruitful for Sundowns, with the young striker opening the scoring in the 44th minute with a fine strike direct from a free kick. The visitors led 1-0 at the interval.
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