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Mahlambi breaks Stars hoodoo

A rampant Bidvest Wits netted three goals to break a 5 game winless run against Free State Stars and move to the second spot on the Absa Premiership log.

Phakamani Mahlambi bagged a brace after 10 months out of action with a knee injury.

Both sides started well with high paced, attacking football being a feature in the opening 10 minutes.
Just on the 15-minute mark, Sfiso Myeni won the ball in the midfield and made a run laying off the perfect low cross for Ghabadinho Mhango to open the scoring for the evening.
Bidvest Wits continued to throw men forward with Free State Stars playing on the counter.
Ea Lla Koto struggled to deal with the Mahlambi/Hlanti combination down the left flank and were made to pay in the 35th minute when Phaka cut inside and won a penalty for his side. The young forward stepped up to take the penalty and made no mistake placing it passed Ngobeni.
7 minutes later the visitors struck back and kept their hopes alive heading into the half time break through a goal from Seketlong.
The end of an entertaining first half saw the sides head into the break with Hunt’s men leading by the odd goal.
The second stanza picked up where the first one ended, with great attacking football on display from both sides.
On the stroke of the hour, Mahlambi pounced on a deflected save and slotted home his second of the game.
The tempo slowed as the Braamfontein outfit controlled the possestion and dictated the pace, keeping stars at bay and creating a few decent chances of their own.
The win sees Bidvest Wits climb to second spot on the log, 1 point behind log leaders Cape Town City FC but with two games in hand over Tinklers side.
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Bidvest Stadium2016/12/1720:15 PM