Mbombela - Mamelodi Sundowns have missed the chance to close the gap on league leaders Kaizer Chiefs after playing to a 1-1 draw with Black Aces on Wednesday night.
The sides went into the break on level pegging after Onyekachi Okonkwo had equalised moments after Teko Modise converted a penalty kick, and the scoreline would remain unchanged.
It turned out to be an entertaining first half of action after a relatively slow start to the game.
In the 20th minute, Khama Billiat produced a great piece of skill to make his way into the box, but dragged his effort wide of goal from 16-yards out.
Eight minutes later, Abia Nale found himself in space on the edge of the box from a free-kick, but fired narrowly over the crossbar.
Aces came close once more after 30 minutes, Dino Ndlovu winning a penalty after being hauled down by Ramahlwe Mphahlele in the area. Ndlovu stepped up to take it, but Dennis Onyango came up with a fine save to keep the game scoreless.
With 40 minutes gone, Downs were awarded a penalty of their own after S'boniso Gumede fouled Hlompho Kekana in the box.
There would be no mistake from the spot this time around as Modise coolly slotted home to give his side the lead.
The goal advantage did not last long, however, Okonkwo firing home the leveller after a poor clearance from Onyango.
The second half, though, failed to live up to the billing and neither side could really craft in the way of goalscoring opportunities as the game descended a scrappy midfield battle.
Sundowns did manage a shot on goal late on, but Mphahlele headed narrowly wide of goal from a Billiat corner.
The draw will feel like an opportunity missed for the Brazilians as they only managed to close the gap on league leaders Kaizer Chiefs to seven points, instead of five.