Sundowns beat Highlands Park to move to second spot

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Defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns left it very late to beat Highlands Park 1-0 in a league match at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Wednesday night.

The match looked to be headed for a draw after both teams missed numerous scoring opportunities, but substitute striker Mauricio Affonso scored the winning goal deep into referee’s optional time to secure three points. Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says it was a tough game.

Sundowns moved to second position on the log with 17 points from seven matches, just two points behind log leaders Kaizer Chiefs who have played an extra match.

The Brazilians have won five times, drawn twice and remain the only unbeaten side in the league. Mosimane says his team finished the match stronger.

In a corresponding fixture last season, Highlands played to a goalless draw, but lost 2-1 at home in a very tight match.

The Lions of The North appeared to have earned a point against the defending Champions until they conceded right at the death. Their coach Owen Da Gama says some of his players are not mentally strong.

Highlands dropped to sixth position on the log with eleven points from seven matches. They have won three times, drawn twice and lost also lost twice. Da Gama was also not happy with the officiating. Report by Vincent Sitsula