Chiefs down Pirates in a Soweto derby five-goal thriller
Kaizer Chiefs edged Orlando Pirates 3-2 in a Soweto derby show-piece to open up a ten-point lead in the Absa Premiership standings in Nesrec, Johannesburg.
Coming to this tie Amakhosi were looking for their first win in five years against the buccaneers in a league match in ten meetings drawing back to 2014. It took Kaizer Chiefs 45 seconds to find their opener of the game as Pirate’s skipper Ntsikelelo Nyauza was caught up in a mess as he miscommunicated with his goal-keeper Wayne Sandilands and headed a ball from Castro ‘s pressure into his own net.
A minute after the goal pirates almost found the equalizer as Fortune Makaringe’s powerful strike hit the post in the 3rd minute. In 22nd minute Amakhosi almost doubled their lead as Frosler’s cross found Samir Nurkovic inside the box, but his effort was parried away by Sandilands. In the 28th minute, George Maluleke’s corner found Castro who was poorly marked in the box and nodded home for Amakhosi’s second.
In the 37th minute Daniel Cardoso fouled Ghabadinho Mhango outside of the box, and Pule stroke a magnificent curl from a tight angle and handed the buccaneers their first goal of the match. The game headed to the interval 2-1 in favour of Amakhosi.
Buccaneers controlled the start of the second half as they almost found the equaliser but Thembinkosi Lorch’s header went against the post in the 51st minute after he was set up by Gabhadinho Mhango, six minutes after pirates again hit the post this time for the third time as Lorch’s pass found Pule whose strike hit the post. In the 60th minute Pirates finally found their equaliser through Ghabadinho Mhango who was set up by Paseka Mako.
In the later stages of the game Kaizer Chiefs Benard Parker was brought down inside the box and the referee pointed to the spot for Daniel Cardoso to convert it and give Amakhosi a 3-2, in the 91st minute the game was in dispute as both Pirates and Chiefs players were Shoving and shuffling each other resulting to red card to Erick Mathoho who allegedly shoved Pirates Abel Mabaso.
Buccaneers had the golden chance to equalize in stoppage time as Paseka Mako set up Mabasa whose shot was saved by Akpeyi inside the box, that seemed to be the final action of the match as the final whistle was blown by the referee and Amakhosi claimed their three points and gigantic ten-point lead in the top of the Absa Premiership standings.