Platinum Stars beat Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 at Cape Town Stadium on Sunday, taking the three points in the Absa Premiership. The match was off to a slow start in the opening proceedings, but the Soweto side quickly got on the front foot. However, the Bafokeng side shut the movements of their rivals down as quickly as they began, as they were now also generating momentum.
Amakhosi displayed more energy, resulting in more promising shots at goal, but were unable to put the final touch to find the net. Dikwena found a rhythm to build on and create chances at goal in the latter stages of the stanza, while the defence was able to hold off any assault. Chiefs were able to nudge into a 1-0 lead in the dying moments of the first stanza, after Camaldine Abraw headed the ball into the net following a free-kick.
Steve Khompela’s men brought their momentum from the first 45 into the second stanza, creating chances at goal immediately, but their rivals’ defence was even tighter. Cavin Johnson’s charges put their opponents on the back foot by dominating possession with most of the action happening in both team’s defensive third. The tempo stagnated in the 65th minute, as neither team was able to break past the midfield and create a meaningful attack.
The pressure from Johnson’s lads paid off, when they found an equaliser in the 85th minute, after Eleazar Rodgers headed the ball past Reyaad Pieterse. Four minutes of stoppage time was added, where Rodgers secured the victory, after he poked the ball in following a rebound from a free-kick. The final whistle blew, and Stars walked away with a 2-1 victory, taking the three points home.