Mamelodi Sundowns edged SuperSport United 1-0 in a Pretoria derby on Tuesday to throw the South African Premier League title wide race open.
Victory for second-placed Sundowns before a 15,000 crowd at Loftus Versfeld closed the gap on leaders and defending champions SuperSport to three points and they have a game in hand.
Sundowns stretched a winning run to five matches thanks to a headed goal by central defender Luvhengo Mungomeni after 59 minutes of an often cagey top-of-the-table clash staged in perfect conditions.
Former SuperSport midfielder Elias 'Dominquez' Pelembe floated a free kick into a heavily populated penalty area and Mungomeni, with his back to goal, flicked the ball over Ugandan goalkeeper Dennis Onyango.
Mungomeni turned saviour five minutes from full-time by clearing a dangerous situation at the expense of a corner on a night when SuperSport underperformed in pursuit of a third title on the trot.
United have 47 points with six rounds to go, Sundowns 44, and surprise packets Santos from Cape Town with 39 having played two fixtures less than the long-time leaders.