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Absa Premiership

Full Time: AmaZulu 0-1 Mamelodi Sundowns

Date: 24 February 2015

Venue: Moses Mabhida Stadium

A second half goal from Cuthbert Malajila handed Mamelodi Sundowns a slender 1-0 win over AmaZulu in an Absa Premiership match at the Moses Mabhida stadium on Tuesday night.

The win takes the Brazilians up to second on the table with 37 points, ten points behind league leaders Kaizer Chiefs while AmaZulu remain rooted to the bottom of the table with nine points.

AmaZulu started brightly and dominated the match in the opening exchanges, but for all their possession they didn’t really create any decent chances on goal.

Sundowns hardly so any of the ball in the opening 15 minutes, but had the first real shot on goal in the 18th minute when a 24-yard effort from Mzikayise Mashaba went inches over the crossbar.

Two minutes later a swift passing move on the edge of the box from Sundowns saw Khama Billiat with a stinging effort on goal, but the AmaZulu keeper made a good save to deny him.

In the 26th minute Teko Modise threaded a great through ball for Billiat who took one touch before shooting narrowly wide from 14-yards out with a defender on his back.

On the half hour mark Billiat had another shot on goal from distance, but his powerful effort skimmed the wrong side of the crossbar.

Four minutes later only the woodwork saved AmaZulu from going behind when a 25-yard shot from Kudakwashe Mahachi beat the keeper hands down, but struck the left-hand post.

AmaZulu’s best chance of the half came five minutes before the break when Roscoe Pietersen met a corner-kick, but his eight-yard header struck the side-netting.

The half ended 0-0.

It only took nine minutes into the second half before Sundowns opened the scoring when Cuthbert Malajila found himself in space 14-yards on the right and he calmly slotted the ball home, 1-0.

In the 58th minute Modise was unlucky not to double his side’s lead when he met a left-wing cross from Mashaba, but his 14-yard volley struck the post.

Five minutes after coming on Amazulu substitute Paul Ooko forced Onyango into a save, but although the keeper was unable to hold onto the ball, Sundowns' defence was able to clear the ball.

AmaZulu threw numbers forward after that in search of an equaliser, but the Sundowns defence held firm to pick up the win and move up to second on the league table.

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