Mamelodi Sundowns 0-0 Bidvest Wits: PSL title chasers cancel each other out

The Brazilians failed to cut Amakhosi's lead at the top of the log to one point as they drew against the Students in Tshwane
The Brazilians failed to cut Amakhosi's lead at the top of the log to one point as they drew against the Students in Tshwane

Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits played to a 0-0 draw in a league match which was played at Loftus Versveld Stadium on Tuesday night. 

Neither side found the back of the net throughout 90 minutes and this means Kaizer Chiefs have an opportunity to stretch their lead to six points with a win over Highlands Park on Wednesday. 

Pitso Mosimane fielded the same starting line-up that did duty in the 3-0 win over AmaZulu last week while Gavin Hunt only missed Thabang Monare through suspension. 

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This was the second meeting in less than a month for these two sides after playing to a 1-1 draw at Moses Mabhida Stadium in December. 

The first 20 minutes saw both sides really giving nothing away as chances were few and far between with both goalkeepers hardly tested. 

Mosimane probably knew this wasn't a good start as he would have hoped to break the Wits defence down as soon as possible. 

Sphelele Mkhulise had Sundowns' first real chance in the 32nd minute only for his header to go wide. 

Sundowns were the better side in terms of ball possession but Wits soaked up the pressure and made it difficult for them to take shots. 

Ricardo Goss kept his team in the game just before the interval as he denied Lebohang Maboe with a fine save. 

The home side had a good start to the second half as they pinned Wits back and forced them into making some defensive mistakes. 

Their relentless pressure paid off 10 minutes into the second half as Buhle Mkhwanazi was dismissed for a second bookable offence.     

However, Wits played like a team looking for a draw away from home as they overloaded the midfield and forced Sundowns to play diagonal passes. 

Andile Jali and Hlompho Kekana pulled the right strings in midfield but Wits defended as a unit whenever the ball was in their own half. 

Sundowns should have stolen the game in the final 10 minutes when Themba Zwane, Thapelo Morena and Sibusiso Vilakazi invaded the Wits box in an attempt to find the winner. 

Nonetheless, Goss was equal to the task to thwart Vilakazi's attempt and ensure the spoils are shared at the end of 90 minutes.  

While the Students would be pleased with the point, this result would definitely feel like a loss to Sundowns fans who had hoped to edge closer to Chiefs in the title race. 

Sundowns are now three points behind Amakhosi having played a game more and that lead can be stretched to six at the end of Wednesday. 

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