Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates played out to a 0-0 stalemate in an Absa Premiership clash at an empty Dobsonville Stadium on Tuesday night.
It was Pirates first competitive fixture in five months while Sundowns had a run out over the weekend in the Nedbank Cup.
The much-anticipated game got off to a slow start with the first shot at goal coming after 20 minutes as Themba Zwane forced a save out of Wayne Sandilands at the near post.
‘The Sea Robbers’ had a chance to take the lead just before the halftime break but Vincent Pule dragged his shot wide after going clear on goal while Hlompho Kekana had a penalty shout turned down at the other end as the two sides went into the break all square in Soweto.
In the second half, Pirates came out of the blocks quickly and had a chance to hit the front in the 57 minute as Fortune Makaringe hit the post.
It was all Pirates in the second stanza as Ntsikelelo Nyauza and Paseka Mako came close to opening the scoring but Sundowns remained resolute in defence.
Title-chasing Sundowns drop two crucial points at home as Kaizer Chiefs now stand a chance to extend their lead at top to seven points when they tackle Bidvest Wits on Wednesday evening.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi