PSL Absa Premiership: Polokwane City vs Kaizer Chiefs
Posted: 25 August 2015 Time: 18:28
Puleng Tlolane scored a stunning second-half equaliser to deny Kaizer Chiefs the win in a 1-1 Absa Premiership draw against Polokwane City at Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Erick Mathoho opened the scoring in a scrappy game so far, smashing home after a mad scramble in the box following a set-piece as goalkeeper Pule Konopi came out and flapped at two efforts, finding himself in no-man's land and lying on the ground when the goal was eventually scored.
It was very poor defending from Rise and Shine, who failed to clear their lines two or three times before Siphelele Mthembu's persistence and presence of mind saw him lay the ball off for Mathoho to smash in via a deflection.
Chiefs appeared to be playing in neutral at the start of the second half as Polokwane rallied and pushed hard for an equaliser, even having a strong shout for a penalty in the 55th minute when there was a clear ball-to-hand in the box against Mathoho, whose arm was raised even though his back was turned.
But Polokwane's equaliser duly came, and in spectacular fashion.
Itumeleng Khune, who had been a spectator for most of the game as he watched shot after shot fly over his goal-frame, was beaten all ends out as Randy Ngobe unleashed a wicked drive from long range that crashed against the crossbar. With Khune floored from the dive, Puleng Tlolane half-volleyed past the goalkeeper's other side as the ball hit the back of the net off the underside of the crossbar.
it should have been 2-1 to Chiefs in the 74th minute when Siphiwe Tshabalala's inswinging free-kick found Willard Katsande unmarked and facing an open goal at the far post, but he missed the target from about four yards out.
Yet it was Kosta Papic's side, who looked renewed with belief after the goal, that looked more likely to snatch a late winner in the closing stages, but 1-1 it ended as the teams shared the spoils.
HOME: Polokwane City
Coach: Kosta Papic
AWAY: Kaizer Chiefs
Coach: Steve Komphela