Old friends became foes when Kaizer Chiefs beat SuperSport United 2-1 to claim three valuable points in an evenly contested Absa Premiership encounter at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday night. Stuart Baxter led his troops to face an in-form Amakhosi side having claimed three successive wins but even he could not stop the beasts he created.
There were no clear cut opportunities for either side inside the opening ten minutes.
In the 12th minute Matsantsantsa almost scored through Clayton Daniels, but the veteran defender sent his header wide. The Phefeni boys had a chance of their own in the 19th minute as their front line linked up well to set up George Maluleka whose resulting shot struck the post. Both sides were committing too many fouls in dangerous areas, however they failed to punish each other from any of the set pieces.
Neither side managed to score in the opening half. The two sides continued to slaughter each other in the middle of the park without showing any intentions of pushing forward. Despite being a highly contested affair, the deadlock remained unbroken at the hour mark. In the 61st minute Baxter’s men came close to scoring but Lorenzo Gordinho popped up with a superb block to deny Thuso Phala.
Baxter’s boys looked the more likely to score with 20 minutes left to play, however it was the Glamour Boys who found the opening goal of the match in the 73rd. Siphiwe Tshabalala calmly collected the ball from a blind spot on the right edge of the box to set up Maluleka and the latter slotted home from close range. The goal resurrected the hosts and they started creating opportunities with their best chance coming in the 81st minute when Lucky Baloyi latched onto a Camaldine Abraw setup only to be denied by the keeper.
With the game looking settled, Jeremy Brockie silenced the crowd with a beautiful volley from inside the area in the 84th minute to make it 1-1. The final stages of the match proved to be dramatic as substitute William Thwala venomously pasted a shot past the keeper to regain the lead for his side. Steve Komphela’s men held on to win the encounter to go third on the log.
Baxter’s charges remained 10th on the league table.
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