Johannesburg – A thrilling second half at the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday night saw four goals scored as Ajax drew 2-2 with Mamelodi Sundowns in a league encounter.
The first half was a scrappy and disjointed affair with both teams guilty of giving possession away far too easily as well as incorrect decision making - half time saw the teams going into the break locked at 0-0.
Ajax looked bright early on and were quick to capitalise on any mistakes presented by the Downs defence, which were fairly frequent in the opening minutes.
Eleazar Rodgers, on loan from Sundowns, saw a first minute effort saved by Sundowns keeper Kennedy Mweene.
Lebogang Manyama then wasted a great chance when he took too long to shoot, following another mistake in the Brazilians defence.
With 10 minutes gone Rodgers had another excellent chance, but he was too slow in reacting to a through ball, allowing Mweene to make the block.
The Pretoria side began to play themselves into the game around the 15 minute mark, with former Ajax man Khama Billiat causing problems with some dangerous balls into the box.
Ajax though always looked a threat on the counter attack and had several more half chances to score, with Mozambique winger Ernesto twice failing to hit the target.
The game badly needed a goal to ignite proceedings and it came just six minutes after the restart when Bongani Zungu fired in a low shot across keeper Brandon Petersen and in at the far post, following a mistake from Ajax defender Dominic Isaacs.
But the lead was only to last for four minutes as the Urban Warriors hit back with a 56th minute equaliser, Keegan Dolly firing in a shot at the near post which bounced off Mweene’s palms and in at the near post.
Following the quick-fire three goals, the game remained open, entertaining and there for the taking.
Clear-cut chances were rare though, with Downs substitute Katlego Mashego coming the closest when his 75th minute free kick was tipped over the bar.
But with 10 minutes to go the Tshwane side had their goal, Cuthbert Malajila levelling the game with a close range shot after the ball had hit the upright and bounced around the Ajax box.
Sundowns could even have grabbed a winner two minutes after scoring, but Billiat was again unlucky to see his right-footed pile-driver crashing into the crossbar.
There were half chances late on for both teams, but in the end a draw was probably a fair result from what was an entertaining match in a cold and wet Cape Town. – Sapa