Hoffenheim beat Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 in a club friendly at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, on Friday night. Both teams were facing each other for the first time in a friendly match and neither created much in the first ten minutes of the
game. In the 14th minute the visitors started to boss the match as their first shot hit the post, before a 20th minute shot from range by Firmino went over Itumeleng Khune’s goal posts. The home side were absorbing more pressure as the Germans continued controlling the middle of the park as the match reached the 30th minute still scoreless.
In the 32nd minute a shot with no power from Siphiwe Tshabalala went straight to the keeper. The home side managed to hold the visitors for the whole first half as the match went to the interval 0-0. In the second half both teams made lots of changes, as they were giving other players a chance to prove themselves. Amakhosi were awarded a free kick but it was out of range as Tshabalala’s free kick was caught by the goalkeeper in the 53rd minute.
In the the 61st minute Hoffenheim made some changes with Zuber replaced Firmino as they were looking to push more players forward. A mistake from George Maluleka saw the visitors through on goal but they could not capitalise however just a few minutes later Anthony Modeste’s volley went inside Reyaad Pieterse’s goal post and they led 1-0. In the 74th minute Siphelele Mthembu was replaced by Ovidy Karuru, as they were behind by the odd goal looking to find the equaliser.
Maluleka was replaced by Siyabonga Nkosi as Chiefs were throwing everything at their opponents. In the last ten minutes Hoffenheim continued to keep Chiefs in their own half. Lebese was replaced by Katlego Mphela in the 86th minute. The away side managed to hold on as they defeated the Absa Premeriship log leaders 1-0.