Mamelodi Sundowns travelled to Lucas Moripe Stadium seeking an upturn in their fortunes but it wasn’t to be as they played out to a thrilling 2-2 draw against Maritzburg United in an Absa Premiership clash on Friday night.
‘The Brazilians’ are now winless in the last four league matches as they have amassed three stalemates and one defeat. The entertaining draw in Atteridgeville also meant that Pitso Mosimane’s men have once again missed a golden opportunity to close the gap on pacesetters Kaizer Chiefs to only three points with five games left to play.
The match got off to a lively start with Ricardo Nascimento hitting the woodwork 16 minutes into the first half.
A few moments later, Hlompho Kekana broke the deadlock.
However, the ‘Team of Choice’ levelled matters through Rushine De Reuck on the half-hour mark as the two sides went into the half-time break 1-1.
Sundowns restored their lead in the 49th minute as Nascimento beat Richard Ofori from the penalty spot after Nazeer Allie was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the penalty area.
It didn’t take long for Maritzburg to find the equaliser as Thabiso Kutumela scored a brilliant goal from outside the box in the 57th minute.
Both sides continued to ask questions without any luck in front of goals with Anele Ngcongca missing a sitter in front of an open net just before the 70th minute much to the disbelief of coach Mosimane.
Sundowns had to play the last 20 minutes of the game with 10 men as Nascimento was shown his marching orders, following a second yellow card.
Maritzburg, who remain in sixth place with 40 points will meet Bidvest Wits on Monday, while Sundowns will tackle Golden Arrows on the same day.
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