The Brazilians could’ve taken an eight point lead, while Amakhosi could’ve reduced the gap to two points. Instead, we got a stalemate at the FNB Stadium where neither team was brave enough to risk it all.
After five minutes George Lebese had to be replaced by Sula Matovu with a thigh injury, a big blow for the hosts.
It might have shaken the hosts who struggled to create opportunities, and it was also quite a chess game between Steve Komphela and Pitso Mosimane.
It took 30 minutes for goalkeeper Denis Onyango to be extended when he saved a shot from Chiefs striker Camaldine Abraw.
In the 35th minute Tsepo Masilela crossed a beauty into the box, but Onyango did well to parry it away.
Sundowns went into the half-time break having failed to seriously test Amakhosi goal-minder Reyaad Pieterse.
In the 47th minute Abraw ran on the counter, but after taking on two defenders, he could only shoot wide.
Siphiwe Tshabalala picked up the ball in the centre of the park just before the hour mark, and played a sublime through-ball with the outside of his foot. George Maluleka’s first touch was perfect as he went clean through on goal, but his finish on his left foot with only Onyango to beat was woeful as the ball went wide, with the goal and the goalkeeper at his mercy.
This inspired the teams. Khama Billiat took advantage of Eric Mathoho’s mistake, and the rebound fell to Hlompho Kekaka, who hit it over the bar from close range.
After 82 minutes Wayne Arendse had a good opportunity when he met Kekana’s drilled free-kick into the area at the far post, unmarked, but he could only find the side-netting.
Minutes later Tebogo Langerman picked the ball up about 40 yards from goal and tried his luck, surprising everybody with a powerful, swerving shot that struck the upright.