Celtic, Pirates move clear
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Bloemfontein Celtic and Orlando Pirates moved three points clear in the South African Premiership after winning their second-round home matches.

Celtic stayed top on goal difference after a comfortable 2-0 victory over Black Leopards, who were promoted after three years as a second-tier club.

Defending champions Pirates faced the common challenge of a packed defence when they hosted Platinum Stars - a mid-table side last season - and took 66 minutes to score the goal that earned a 1-0 win.

Forward Moses Spandeel put Celtic ahead after 13 minutes, while midfielder Hlompho Kekana added the second midway through the second half.

Defeat dropped Leopards to the bottom of the table after losing to Pirates in the opening round last Friday.

Striker Ndumiso Mabena scored the match-winner for former African champions Pirates, scoring the only goal with a glancing close-range header off a free-kick at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.