Mamelodi Sundowns were held to a goalless draw by Bidvest Wits on Tuesday evening at Loftus Versfeld.
Coach Pitso Mosimane went with an unchanged starting XI from the one that beat AmaZulu FC 3-0 over the weekend.
Both sides were looking to close the gap to the top of the league table and the defensive quality of both sides was on display as neither side allowed the other to create many chances. The opening stages of the game saw only one chance falling to Wits, as Denis Onyango was called into action after only two minutes to make a save from a Phathutshedzo Nange shot.
Downs had to wait twenty minutes for their first opportunity of the game, with Themba Zwane seeing his shot saved by Ricardo Goss in goals.
Neither side was able to find the breakthrough in the first half and the two sides went into the break goalless.
Downs came out in the second half with intent as they looked to break down the Wits defence. The visitors were reduced to ten men after defender Buhle Mkhwanazi was shown a second yellow card after a late challenge on Sibusiso Vilakazi
Sundowns had their best chance of the evening when Vilakazi hit the upright after his curling shot beat Goss in goals. Goss was proving to be a force in goals as he denied Vilakazi from point-blank range with ten minutes to go.
Downs continued to pile on the pressure as they looked for a goal but ultimately they could not find their way past the resilient Wits defence.