Kaizer Chiefs 1-1 Mamelodi Sundowns: Amakhosi fight back to deny Masandawana
Lazarous Kambole Kaizer Chiefs Khuliso Mudau Mamelodi Sundowns.
Lazarous Kambole was given a rare start, but he couldn't inspire the Glamour Boys to their 13th league win of the season

Kaizer Chiefs came back to hold Mamelodi Sundowns to a 1-1 draw in a Premier Soccer League match which was played at FNB Stadium on Sunday evening.

Aubrey Modiba's opening goal gave Amakhosi the lead a few minutes after the restart, but Phathutshedzo Nange snatched an equalising goal to ensure that the game ended in a draw. Chiefs were presented with an opportunity to snatch a late winning goal through Keagan Dolly from the penalty spot, but he was denied by goalkeeper Reyaad Pieterse from the spot-kick.

Lazarous Kambole was handed his first start of the season by Chiefs co-coaches Arthy Zwane and Dillon Sheppard ahead of this highly anticipated Gauteng Derby encounter. Amakhosi were hoping to make it two wins in a row after defeating Marumo Gallants 1-0 on Tuesday as the Soweto giants ended their four-match winless run in the PSL.

On the other hand, Andile Jali was recalled to starting line-up after being rested against Sekhukhune United on Tuesday as Sundowns claimed a comfortable 2-0 win. Masandawana were looking to defeat Chiefs for the third time this season having eliminated Amakhosi from the MTN8, before winning the first round league clash in Pretoria last September.

Modiba came into this match in great form and he looked the likeliest player to score in the opening stages of the game. However, the Sundowns full-back failed to keep his attempt on target from the blind spot, before forcing goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma into a good save with a curling cross which was goal-bound.

Masandawana were controlling the match and creating chances, but Amakhosi looked dangerous on the counterattack with Dolly, Khama Billiat and Leonardo Castro keen to haunt their former club. Billiat and Castro combined brilliantly inside the visitors' box, but Mosa Lebusa then produced a goal-saving tackle to stop the latter, before Pieterse came out to snatch the ball from Dolly's attacking play.

The momentum was the Tshwane giants with the half-time break approaching as Gaston Sirino turned well on the edge of the hosts' box and he unleashed a shot which went just over the crossbar. Bvuma was then called into action and he produced a sensational save to deny Peter Shalulile from point-blank range. The score was 0-0 at the interval.

Sundowns continued from where they left off in the first half as they launched a series of attacks and they deservedly took a 1-0 lead through the in-form Modiba in the 49th minute. The former Cape Town City star beat Bvuma with a volleyed effort to make it two goals in as many matches with Sirino providing the assist.

Chiefs responded by exerting pressure on the visitors with Pieterse forced to pull off a fantastic save to deny Billiat after the away side's defence was exposed. Kambole was then played through on goal, but the Zambia international was superbly tackled by Modiba just before he managed to get a shot away.

Zwane and Sheppard then introduced Kgaogelo Sekgota as the hosts looked to level matters and the speedy attacker injected some needed speed into the Amakhosi attack. Nange levelled matters when he scored with a deflected shot in the 76th minute to make it 1-1 after Masandawana had failed to clear a cross from Cole Alexander.

Chiefs then pushed for the winning goal and they were awarded a penalty after Sekgota was fouled in the visitors' box. However, Pieterse produced a double save to deny Dolly from the spot-kick and rebound. The former Chiefs keeper then pulled off another good save to deny Samir Nurkovic in stoppage time and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

The draw saw Sundowns, who have already been crowned this season's PSL champions, open a 13-point lead at the top of the league standings and they are scheduled to take on Stellenbosch FC on Saturday. Chiefs remained fourth on the log - five points behind second-placed Royal AM with two matches left and they will face Sekhukhune United on Saturday.