- Mamelodi Sundowns notched up a hard-fought 1-0 victory over AmaZulu on Tuesday
- Jose Ali Meza scored the all-important goal after Sundowns dominated the match
- The result reduces Kaizer Chiefs' lead in the Absa Premiership to seven points
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Mamelodi Sundowns endured a minor slump in form and were desperate for a good result when they hosted AmaZulu on Tuesday.
The Brazilians produced a classy display as they secured a 1-0 victory over Usuthu.
The KwaZulu Natal-based side hardly threatened as they struggled to keep Sundowns at bay.
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Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane tinkered with his starting line-up and it seemed a great decision as Jose Ali Meza tested AmaZulu keeper Siyabonga Mbatha early on.
Mbatha was in the wars in a literal and figurative sense as the barrage of attacks kept coming.
After making a few fine saves, Mbatha sustained two injuries for putting his body on the line.
With halftime approaching, Sphelele Mkhulise thought he would score the opener until a crucial tackle was made by Mario Booysen.
However, Sundowns would not be denied as Sibusiso Vilakazi's quick-thinking pass set up Ali Meza, who made no mistake from close range.
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The brave Mbatha was eventually substituted during the second half, but the hosts were relentless in their pursuit of the three points.
Vilakazi had two good opportunities to stretch the lead, but the solitary strike from Meza proved to be the difference.
Briefly.co.za noted the reaction via Twitter and the Sundowns faithful were very appreciative of the three points.
Thebe (@MOSTHEBE) shared his honest assessment:
"I don't know about an all-round performance, but I accept the 3 points.Re kwala gap janong."
Shimaninki (@Shimaninkillale) appreciated that Chiefs' lead had been reduced:
"3 points in the bag and we are slowly but surely closing the gap."
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