Billiat shines as Sundowns sink Wits

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Khama Billiat scores a goal pass Darren Keet
  • Post published:November 21, 2017

Super Substitute Khama Billiat bagged a brace to inspire Mamelodi Sundowns to a 2-0 victory over Bidvest Wits in their Absa Premiership clash at the Bidvest Stadium on Tuesday, writes DYLAN APPOLIS.

Gavin Hunt’s side will be hoping to move away from the bottom of the Absa Premiership table as they sit in 15th place with eight points, while Pitso Mosimane’s men occupy eighth position in the standings with 12 points after seven matches played.

The Brazilians got off to a good start at the Bidvest Stadium and produced the first opportunity of the game in the third minute when Tebogo Langerman forced Darren Keet into making a fine save to deny his venomous strike at goal.

Keet came to his side’s rescue 15 minutes later as he parried Sibusiso Vilakazi’s effort away after being played through on goal by Thapelo Morena.

The Clever Boys produced their first real chance at goal after 28 minutes when Bokang Tlhone found himself in space before unleashing his effort at goal, but fired his attempt into the side netting.

Percy Tau had a chance to put his side ahead in the 32nd minute, but Wits defender Sifiso Hlanti did well to deny the striker with a timely challenge.

Vilakazi should’ve handed Sundowns the lead six minutes later when he unleashed a thunderous strike at goal, but the midfielder’s effort bounced off the woodwork and out for a goal-kick.

Neither side could find the opening goal in the first 45 minutes as the match went into the half time interval locked at 0-0.

Hlompho Kekana nearly handed Sundowns the lead after 58 minutes when he tried to chip Keet from 65-yards out, but the Brazilians captain steered his effort over the target.

However, Sundowns eventually took the lead four minutes later as Khama Billiat latched onto Tau’s cross before guiding the ball into the net and made it 1-0.

Sundowns should’ve extended their lead in the 79th minute after Kekana played Vilakazi through on goal with just the keeper to beat, however Keet did well to deny the midfielder in the final third.

Mosimane’s side then doubled their lead three minutes later when Kekana played the ball through to Billiat, who slotted the ball home from close range.

The Clever Boys pressed forward in search of a goal in the closing stages of the match, but Sundowns held onto their two-goal lead into the final whistle to claim all three points at the Bidvest Stadium.

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