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Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates played to a 0-0 draw in the opening game of the return to football of the Absa Premiership on Tuesday night.
Both sides got off to a slow start,with Pirates enjoying large spells of possession without creating any clear cut chances.
Pirates went close to taking the lead in the 57th minute when goalkeeper Dennis Onyango pulled off a fingertip save to turn Fortune Makaringe's low effort onto the post with the danger then cleared.
Sundowns made their first substitution in the 62nd minute as Andile Jali replaced Lyle Lakay.
Despite going into the final ten minutes of the encounter with 54% of possession Pirates couldn't grab an arguably deserved opener as the Sundowns defence held firm.
Sundowns moved within three points of Kaizer Chiefs, who can move six points clear with a win on Wednesday night.
Here's how both teams lined up:
Sundowns: 14. Onyango, 33. Maboe, 5. Lebusa, 3. Nascimento, 2. Madisha, 40. Coetzee, 21. Mkhulise, 8. Kekana, 7. Lakay, 18. Zwane, 26. Makgalwa.
Subs: 1. Mweene, 11. Vilakazi, 36. Mkhuma, 13. Mabunda, 23. Meza, 15. Jali, 4. Langerman, 32. Lukhubeni, 6. Arendse.
Pirates: 30. Sandilands, 23. Maela, 4. Jele, 5. Nyauza, 44. Mabaso, 45. Pule, 6. Motshwari, 15. Makaringe, 29. Mako, 7. Mhango, 17. Mulenga.
Subs: 1. Delle, 27. Ndengane, Zungu, 32. Mntambo, 20. Mlambo, 11. Memela, 18. Dlamini, 34. Monyane, 16. Mabasa.
Meanwhile Kaizer Chiefs will be aiming for the perfect start to life inside the Premier Soccer League's (PSL) bio-bubble when they take on Bidvest Wits.
Kick-off is at 6pm CAT (SA, GMT+2).
Wits will be without Sifiso Hlanti through suspension while Amakhosi defender Reeve Frosler will be unavailable for selection for the same reason.