Result: Mamelodi Sundowns 1-1 Bidvest Wits
Date: 7 October 2018
Venue: Lucas Moripe Stadium
Mamelodi Sundowns extended their unbeaten run in the Absa Premiership to 20 games after drawing 1-1 with Bidvest Wits on Sunday afternoon.
It was a bright start to the match for Wits with Keegan Ritchie whipping a right-sided free-kick into the box in the second minute which Terrence Dzvukamanja met, but his ten-yard header came off the post.
Despite Wits controlling the possession stakes and dominating the flow of the game, the next chance on goal went the way of Sundowns in the 19th minute when a right-sided cross from Motjeka Madisha was met by Sibusiso Vilakazi but his header went inches over the target.
Wits came close to taking the lead just before the half hour mark when a corner was worked into the Sundowns box which Simon Murray met, but his close-range header was superbly saved by Denis Onyango.
The Brazilians should have scored in the 41st minute when Toni Silva broke the off-side trap, but failed to beat Darren Keet in a one-on-one.
The half ended 0-0.
Three minutes into the second half Wits should have taken the lead when a mistake in defence gifted Murray a chance on goal, but Onyango made a fantastic reflex save to deny the striker from 14-yards out.
In the 56th minute Sundowns took the lead when Gaston Sirino drove down the right flank and played the ball to Hlompho Kekana in space and he made no mistake with a clinical finish from 16-yards out, 1-0.
Ten minutes later Wits drew level thanks to a wonderful 30-yard free-kick from Ritchie which found the top corner of the goal, 1-1.
Neither side could break the deadlock in the final twenty minutes despite both sides throwing players forward as the match ended 1-1.
Here is how they line-up.
Sundowns: 14 Onyango, 6 Arendse, 32 Madisha, 3 Nascimento, 4 Langerman, 33 Maboe (18 Zwane 76’), 8 Kekana, 13 Mabunda, 26 Sirino (23 Lakay 89’), 11 Vilakazi, 24 Silva (34 Mahlambi 46’).
Subs: 31 Pieterse, 5 Jali, 2 Lebusa, 23 Lakay, 34 Mahlambi, 18 Zwane, 7 Meza.
Wits: 16 Keet, 3 Hlatshwayo, 6 Johannes, 8 Monare, 9 Murray (11 Hotto 88’), 13 Hlanti, 15 Mkhwanazi, 17 Alexander (2 Mere 63’), 27 Ritchie, 37 Dzvukamanja, 45 Majoro (24 Matupa 62’).
Subs: 1 Mhlongo, 2 Mere, 11 Hotto, 21 Domingo, 24 Matupa, 25 Gyimah, 28 Macuphu.