Mamelodi Sundowns surrendered a two-goal lead in the DStv Premiership for a 2-2 draw against SuperSport United in the Tshwane derby as they finally conceded a goal on Wednesday.
Sundowns returned Lyle Lakay, Neo Maema and Paval Safranko to the line-up from the draw against Cape Town City, with Bradley Grobler dropped by SuperSport from their loss to Marumo Gallants FC.
Masandawana were unfortunate not to trail in the opening seconds when Thamsanqa Gabuza slammed a cutback from Sipho Mbule against the top of the woodwork.
The Brazilians quickly shaved off the nervous start to bombard the visitors with shots from Safranko, Peter Shalulile as well as Themba Zwane but none found the correct accuracy.
SuperSport didn’t lose ascendancy closer to the half-hour mark but continued to keep the Brazilians on their toes with promising attempts from Gabuza and Guily Manziba.
Although within the half-hour mark, Masandawana watched a rasping shot from a difficult angle outside the area by Shalulile come off the crossbar.
The Brazilians made the breakthrough on the stroke of halftime when Maema spotted a loose pass outside the area to curl into the bottom-corner.
Sundowns continued where they left at the end of the first half as a pitched ball in behind from Maema allocated Shalulile, who finished with aplomb while United introduced Jamie Webber.
Matsatsantsa looked to hit one back soon thereafter from afar by Teboho Mokoena, but he had goalkeeper Denis Onyango up to the task.
The Brazilians’ long-standing run without a conceding ended midway in the second half with a neat and cleverly taken finish by Lungu.
Sundowns though could’ve restored their two-goal advantage in the latter minutes from a low first-time effort by Shalulile, but he was parried by Ronwen Williams.
Matsatsantsa drew level right on the 80th minute when Mokoena’s free-kick outside the area dipped off the ground before nestling beyond Onyango and into the net.
With fulltime looming, the two city rivals desperately looked for the winner on all fronts but it finished honours even.
Sundowns: D. Onyango, Lebusa, Mudau, Kekana, Lakay, Jali, Domingo, Maema, Zwane, Safranko, Shalulile
Subs: Mweene, Maluleka, Kutumela, Modiba, Erasmus, Sirino, De Reuck, Vilakazi, Nascimento
SuperSport: Williams, Philipps, Johannes, Ditlhokwe, Bhasera, Mokoena, Donn, Mbule, Manziba, Lungu, Gabuza.
Subs: Pule, Nhlapo, Mbatha, Waiswa, Webber, Rasebotja, Mahachi, Rayners, Grobler.