Keagan Dolly had a late penalty saved against his former side as Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns drew 1-1 at FNB Stadium on Sunday evening.
Result: Kaizer Chiefs 1-1 Mamelodi Sundowns
Date: 08 May 2022
Venue: FNB Stadium
Click through the gallery above to see Chiefs give Sundowns a guard of honour.
Chiefs made three changes from their narrow win over Marumo Gallants, as Leonardo Castro and Cole Alexander were recalled alongside a first start for Lazarous Kambole while Sundowns brought back Mosa Lebusa and Andile Jali and gave Divine Lunga a rare start.
Before the encounter got underway, the Soweto giants gave the newly crowned DStv Premiership champions their guard of honour as Sekhukhune United did on Tuesday.
Amakhosi were quick to press the Brazilians in the opening exchanges and Khama Billiat had a big chance to open the scoring in the eighth minute after a cross by Castro but he guided his shot wide unmarked at the back post.
The visitors were not in a rush to get forward, getting only half-chances and Chiefs had more spaces to attack on transitions, as they had a big chance just before the half-hour mark but Lebusa denied Castro a tap-in at the near post with a crucial tackle.
However, Sundowns came the closest to breaking the deadlock ten minutes before the halftime break after Shalulile connected with Aubrey Modiba's cross but goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma showed great reflexes to tip over the crossbar.
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The Brazilians caught Chiefs cold in the first four minutes of the second stanza, as Modiba broke the deadlock with a first-time volley at the back post after a cross by Gaston Sirino.
Arthur Zwane's charges had a chance to level matters moments later after Billiat went through on goal but he was denied by Reyaad Pieterse from point-blank range in a one-on-one.
Chiefs made an attacking change 16 minutes before time, as Samir Nurkovic came on for Kambole and Phathutshedzo Nange eventually snatched the equaliser just after that with a low arrowed strike from a rebound just outside the box.
The home side had their tails up and were awarded a penalty in the last seven minutes after Kgaogelo Sekgota was brought down in the box by Lebusa. Keagan Dolly stepped up to take the spot-kick for Amakhosi but his cracking low strike was saved by Pieterse, who also kept out the rebound.
The game stretched from end to end in the dying minutes and Nurkovic had a big chance to net the winner for Chiefs in stoppage time after going through at the near post but his smashing strike hit the side-netting.
Amakhosi remained a threat late in the half but had to settle for a point in the end, which seemingly puts an end to their CAF Champions League ambitions.
Here's how they lined up:
Chiefs: 44. Bvuma, 20. Ngezana, 2. Mphahlele, 45. Blom, 39. Frosler, 17. Alexander, 24. Nange, 7. Kambole, 8. Castro, 10. Dolly, 11. Billiat
Subs: 43. Akpeyi, 25. Parker, 9. Nurković, 6. Agay, 29. Dube, 19. Mashiane, 26. Mabiliso, 14. Sekgota, 33. Radebe
Sundowns: 30. Pieterse, 13. Lunga, 17. Modiba, 25. Mudau, 5. Lebusa, 21. Mkhulise, 15. Jali, 33. Maboe, 10. Sirino, 18. Zwane, 38. Shalulile.
Subs: 1. Mweene, 27. Morena, 28. Mokoena, 7. Lakay, 19. Motupa, 35. Maema, 32. Kutumela, 22. Kapinga, 28. Ralani
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