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SA SOCCER NEWS
Ngwenya grabs late equaliser for Brazilians 27/11/04
Sundowns came from behind to earn a draw in a pulsating Castle Premiership match against Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The game got off to a bright start with both sides making their intentions of playing attacking football clear from the outset.

Donws' Rotson Kilambe was presented with an early opportunity when he was put through on goal, however he took to long on the ball and allowed the Chiefs cover defence to get back.

Chiefs' first chance arrived in the 10th minute when Collins Mbesuma layed the ball into the path of Shoes Moshoeu, however, the veteran blasted his shot into the stands from only 12-yards out.

As the half progressed it was the team in gold and black which enjoyed the lion's share of possession, however, their goal scoring opportunities were limited mainly to shots from distance, none of which troubled Sundowns keeper Brian Baloyi.

In the 39th minute Sundowns came close when Kilambe threaded a ball through the Chiefs defence for Siake Tiene, however, keeper Rowen Fernandez did well to get to the ball first.

From the restart, Amakhosi quickly got the ball down to the other end of the field, where David Radebe took a shot on goal. 

Baloyi made the save, but pushed the ball right into Mbesuma's path and the Zambian striker made no mistake, slotting home the ball from five yards out to give his team the lead.

Sundowns tried to hit straight back when Tiene went on a mazy run, however, his left-footed shot flashed across the goal mouth and went wide of target.

The second 45 minutes again started at a cracking pace and Chiefs should have doubled their lead when they found themselves in a two-on-one position in the Chiefs half, however, Radebe was too indesisive an ended up blasting his shot into the stands.

The same player wasted another great chance when he pounced on a loose ball on the edge of the area, but his low shot flew just wide of the left hand upright.

Shortly afrewards Sundowns' Vuyo Mere was presented with an almost identical chance, and the outcome was also exactly the same as his Chiefs counterpart.

With the light rapidly fading the flood lights had to be turned on, but the action on the field did not dimmer, with both teams giving it their all as the game flowed from end-to-end.

With the game drawing to a close, Chiefs looked as if they would hold out for a victory, however, the Pretoria side had other ideas - in the 80th minute some neat interplay inside the Chiefs box between Josta Dladla and Mere resulted in the ball reaching substitute Manqoba Ngwenya, who fired in a low left-footed shot off the upright and into the back of the goal, much to the delight of the huge Sundowns support and an animated Paul Dolezar on the sidelines.

Esram Nyandoro almost grabbed the winner for Downs in the 90th minute when he pounced onto a loose ball and nearly managed to sqeeze his shot in at the near post, while shortly afterwards Tiene wasted a chance by firing wide of the target.

Arthur Zwane may well have wrapped up the game for Chiefs when he was released down the right flank by Moshoeu, but Baloyi made ammends for his earlier blunder when he kept '10111's' shot out with his feet.

The final whistle blew just after that, bringing down the curtain on what was a highly entertaining match.

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