AmaZulu and Mamelodi Sundowns draw
Posted: 4 May 2011 Time: 21:28
AmaZulu and Mamelodi Sundowns drew 1-1 in a League match on Wednesday night.
The result sees the Brazilians fall four points behind league leaders Ajax Cape Town with two games in hand. Their poor finishing has probably cost them a chance at the League title.
Sundowns dictated terms from the opening whistle as the stroked the ball around the park in immaculate style and dominated the possession stakes.
The Brazilians created chance after chance but they continuously squandered their goal scoring opportunities with some woeful finishing.
For AmaZulu, they were virtually non-existent and looked to be chasing shadows in the first half. That was until the Brazilians made a mistake at the back.
Sundowns scored in the 33rd minute when Katlego Mphela gave them the lead. A great move down the left by Sundowns saw Mathew Pattison attacking down the wing before he supplied a pin-point cross to find Mphela inside the box. The striker did not disappoint with a powerful header into the top right-hand corner, 1-0.
Thereafter ‘Downs continued to dictate the flow of play, but a lapse of concentration at the back saw them conceded a goal just before the half time break.
Sibusiso Hadebe whipped in a free-kick from the right and as Sundowns’ Siyanda Xulu tried to clear the danger he only succeeded in deflecting the ball past his own goalkeeper, 1-1.
The second half continued in the same vein as Sundowns attacked at will, but were unable to find that second goal.
Two substitutes in the form of Lebohang Mokoena and Mabhuti Khenyeza combined to create a good scoring chance in the 70th minute. Mokoena drove down the right flank and provided a dangerous low cross to find Khenyeza inside the box, but Mzimela produced a fine save diving to his right.
Three minutes later and Mphela should really have given his side the lead. The striker latched onto a loose ball after a goal mouth scramble, but he dragged his shot wide from ten yards out.
In the 81st minute AmaZulu nearly stole the lead against the run of play when Belux Kasonga met a cross from the right, but he saw his header cleared off the goal line by Method Mwanjali, heading the ball onto the underside of the crossbar before fully clearing the danger.
Sundowns pressed hard in the final ten minutes, but they failed to find the goal that would keep them in the title race as AmaZulu and the Brazilians shared the spoils.