Mamelodi Sundowns suffered their second league defeat of the season on Saturday evening at the Harry Gwala stadium as they went down by two goals to one to Maritzburg United.
The coaches made a couple of changes to the side that took on TS Galaxy midweek as Sphelele Mkhulise and Lesedi Kapinga replaced Brian Onyango and Rivaldo Coetzee in the starting eleven.
The game started at a high pace with Sundowns leading the initiative and dominating possession in the opposition half. Midfielder Teboho Mokoena had the first chance of the game as he took a shot from distance that deflected off of the defender and went out for a corner.
The two sides spent much of the opening thirty minutes engaged in a tactical affair, with Downs looking for ways to penetrate through the rigid Maritzburg block.
The Brazilians took the lead towards the end of the first half, through a well-worked move that saw Haashim Domingo play an inch-perfect cross to the Namibian forward Peter Shalulile, who dived low to tuck home a delightful glancing header.
The visitors found parity through a header from Alfred Ndengane three minutes before the half time whistle was blown.
Both sides came out of the half-time break with increased intensity and it was Downs who created the first two chances. Lesedi Kapinga turned on the magic to dance past a couple of defenders before taking a goal-bound shot that was cleared by defender Nazeer Allie. Shalulile was the next player to be denied by Allie as he was set up by Kapinga and had his shot blocked off the line.
The technical team looked towards the bench to change the game and shortly after the hour mark the coaches made a triple substitution, bringing on Themba Zwane, Thabiso Kutumela and Neo Maema to bolster the attack. All three substitutes had chances within a few minutes of coming on as The Brazilians chased the goal to put them in the lead.
Downs were offered a chance to take the lead as Allie was adjudged to have handled in the box and the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty. Substitute Zwane stepped up to the spot but had his effort from 12 yards saved by Engelhardt.
The drama was not over at the Harry Gwala stadium as Kennedy Mweene was adjudged to have brought down Amadou Soukouna in the box in stoppage time. Soukouna stepped up to take a penalty that beat Mweene to give the home side all the points in the evening.
Bafana Ba Style will now turn their attention to Nedbank Cup action as they return to the Lucas Moripe Stadium to take on Mathaithai FC in their Last 16 encounter.
How we lined up: K. Mweene, L. Lakay (86′ Modiba), G. Kekana, R. De Reuck, K. Mudau (66′ Zwane) , S. Mkhulise, T. Mokoena, H. Domingo (66′ Kutumela), L. Kapinga (66′ Maema), T. Morena, P. Shalulile
Subs: R. Goss, B. Onyango, T. Kutumela, N. Maema, T. Zwane, A. Modiba, D. Lunga, K Erasmus, M. Mvala