Swallows score late to upset Sundowns in PSL top of the table clash

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Ruzaigh Gamildien of Swallows cross blocked by Mosa Lebusa of Mamelodi Sundowns (Gallo Images)
Ruzaigh Gamildien of Swallows cross blocked by Mosa Lebusa of Mamelodi Sundowns (Gallo Images)

Swallows FC scored with the last kick of the ball to salvage a deserving point in a 1-1 draw against DStv Premiership powerhouse outfit Mamelodi Sundowns.

AS IT HAPPENED | Mamelodi Sundowns 1-1 Swallows FC

Sundowns forward Kermit Erasmus scored the opening goal at a hot Lucas Moripe Stadium before Musa Nyatama equalised in the 97th minute.

Returning to the starting line-up, Gaston Sirino, was the first to test the in-form Virgil Vries as he darted forward on the right flank before firing a low strike that the Namibian goalkeeper dealt with perfectly.

Brazilians' captain Hlompho Kekana came close to sending the home side into the lead from a 30-yard free-kick but Vries gloved the ball with ease.

Soon after, Fawaaz Bassadien zigzagged his way into Sundowns penalty area but before pulling the trigger, he was brought down by Tebogo Langerman with a textbook tackle as the forward screamed for a spot-kick.

Before the half-time whistle, Erasmus broke the deadlock with a fine placed finish in the top right corner courtesy of a George Maluleka assist.

Early in the restart, DStv Premiership Player of the Month for December and January, Ruzaigh Gamildien, had a clear chance at goal following a teasing through ball from Bassadien.

However, the former Bloemfontein Celtic forward saw a strong Sundowns defence dismantle him from the ball.

The 32-degree Celsius weather took its toll on the players as both coaches rang the changes, but it did not amount to any serious threat until the last kick of the game.

Creator of the first goal, Maluleka, was at fault for cautioning a Swallows player just outside the box and the away side had a chance to make Sundowns sweat in the dying seconds of the encounter.

And that was certainly the case as substitute Sammy Seabi's powerful low strike saw Dennis Onyango parry the ball back into the danger area only for Nyatama to head it into the back of the net.

Sundowns and Swallows both remain in first and second position respectively with only goal difference separating the two sides.

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