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Sundowns 1-1 AmaZulu

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Mamelodi Sundowns salvaged a 1-1 draw with AmaZulu on Wednesday night at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, but still remain bottom of the PSL table.

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With the match looking likely to end in a goalless stalemate, Andile Khumalo fired Usuthu into the lead with his 77th minute strike.

But just when Downs looked dead and buried, Anthony Laffor popped up in the box four minutes from time to tap the ball into the back of the net for the hosts.

Only a win for the Brazilians would have lifted them out of last place, but the former league champions were left frustrated by a defiant Durban outfit.

After a quiet opening quarter, the hosts were in with the first real chance when Eleazar Rodgers was put through on goal in the 18th minute after some good work by Downs skipper Teko Modise in the middle of the pitch.

Rodgers, however, could not beat goalkeeper Philani Zikalala, who made a routine save to deny Rodgers, who should have done better with his close-range effort.

AmaZulu delivered a blow 13 minutes from time when the coastal outfit took the lead against the run of play after a defensive blunder from Sundowns' Clayton Daniels.

A speculative ball over the top took Daniels by surprise, and he let the long ball bounce, misjudging it and allowing Usuthu's Ayanda Dlamini a clear route to goal.

Dlamini unselfishly passed to Khumalo, who followed up on the run from the striker and was left with a simple tap-in, with Wayne Sandilands stranded by Dlamini's simple pass.

The hosts replied with the equaliser close to full-time, when Laffor nudged a loose ball past Zikalala after a goalmouth scramble resulted in the striker picking up the ball inside the area and slotting home to level the scores.

Posted: 21/11/12 19:35

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