Downs missed out on what would have been an 11th win in a row in all competitions and an 12th consecutive victory over Lidoda Duvha in league and cup
Mamelodi Sundowns weren’t at their finest on the Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Sunday night and needed to accept a degree in a 1-1 league draw with bottom-of-the-table Black Leopards.
Sundowns had been in command for many of the recreation however paid the value for failing to drive house their authority when the Limpopo facet grabbed a 79th minute equaliser.
It was from a ninth minute nook kick that Sundowns took the lead as Mosa Lebusa timed his run to perfection to get a head onto Lyle Lakay’s wonderful supply, glancing the ball by way of the fingers of a despairing Jonas Mendes in objective for Leopards.
The objective put Masandawana in management, though they by no means actually pressed house their benefit at occasions their build-up play was ponderous.
The following actual probability got here within the 33rd minute when Themba Zwane evaded a few tackles and after being afforded time within the field to shoot, curled his effort in opposition to the woodwork.
Leopards had been additionally to strike the bar within the first half – Sibusiso Khumalo cracked a half-volley in opposition to the upright after being performed in by Ovidy Karuru within the 45th minute.
That was to be Khumalo’s final involvement as his night was ended after a nasty collision with Lebohang Maboe, which resulted the participant having an epileptic match attributable to a medical situation he suffers from.
Khumalo was given oxygen and stretchered off, however the excellent news was that he recovered properly after being taken to the dressing room and was later seen making his technique to be part of his team-mates on the sidelines.
Again out after the restart and Lidoda Duvha appeared to have forgotten how they conceded the primary objective as Lakay whipped in one other nook for Lebusa to assault, which the captain for the day duly did, however this time Mendes was in a position to make the save.
Extra possibilities adopted for the Brazilians however Maboe and Sphelele Mkhulise each didn’t hit the goal, and because the half wore on, Leopards’ perception that they may nonetheless get one thing from the match was strengthened as Downs didn’t kill them off.
It wasn’t as if Lidoda Duvha had been threatening a lot although, and but they manged to attain with 11 minutes of regulation time to go when Roderick Kabwe’s beautiful flick from a Rodney Ramagalela cross crept into the far nook.
The Tshwane facet pushed onerous for a winner within the dying minutes of the competition, together with the 5 added minutes, however couldn’t provide you with the inspiration they wanted.
The purpose earned means Downs are 4 factors above second-placed Golden Arrows, who’ve performed two video games extra.