Crystal Palace
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11:45 AM UTC
Game Details

Bidvest Wits go three points clear as Sundowns are held

Cuthbert Malajila celebrates the winner against Pirates
Cuthbert Malajila celebrates the winner against Pirates

Bidvest Wits have opened up a three-point lead at the top of the Absa Premiership standings following a 1-0 win against faltering Orlando Pirates on Thursday evening.

The only goal of the game came 10 minutes after the restart - Cuthbert Malajila slotting home past Siyabonga Mpontshane from close range.

Wits dominated for most of the game but Pirates - who are heading for their worst points tally in a season - were not without their chances; Thabo Rakhale coming closest when he forced Moeneeb Josephs into a smart save just after the goal.

The Buccaneers remain eighth while Wits move to 54 points - three better than Mamelodi Sundowns, who could only manage a 2-2 home draw against Platinum Stars in the earlier game.

It started well enough for the defending champions when Thabo Nthethe blasted home a sixth-minute corner-kick, but Dikwena were level shortly afterwards when Ndumiso Mabena beat Denis Onyango at the near-post.

The same player beat the same goalie at the near-post again soon after the break, but Yannick Zakri got the equaliser - his first in the PSL - on 63 minutes to earn Sundowns a point, though it could have been more as Anthony Laffor and Percy Tau came close late on.


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