SuperSport break Chiefs hearts
Posted: 25 November 2009 Time: 21:45
SuperSport United produced a sterling second half performance to beat Kaizer Chiefs 2-0 at the Loftus Stadium.
The first half was a dreary affair and fans were frustrated as the star men in either team came off injured. First it was Kaizer Motaung Junior who replaced Knowledge Musona, who came off in the ninth minute after initially coming off for treatment on his knee.
He was soon followed by Siyabonga Nkosi, who was replaced by Jabulani Maluleke, who later on became the thorn in Chiefs’ defence.
The two teams applied cautious tactics for the better part of the first half. It was only late in the half that the game produced its best chance.
In the 33rd minute, Chiefs striker Nkosinathi Nhleko received a great through ball from Motaung Junior in the box, but with Emille Baron to beat in SuperSport’s goal, Nhleko took a tame shot and the former Chiefs keeper was alert as he used his left hand to block the ball, but it fell kindly to Siphiwe Tshabalala, but the latter dilly-dallied and Baron blocked his way.
The second half started on a low note and things went from bad to worse as the lights went off temporarily, but as soon as they were back on, SuperSport looked like a team that had used the break more cleverly.
Abia Nale, who had come in for Tshabalala, could have put Chiefs in the lead in the 61st minute, but his low shot was blocked by the in-form Baron, who was named man of the match.
However, soon after that it was SuperSport dictating terms. Matsatsantsa took the lead in the 66th minute through Glen Salmon, who had received a perfect cross from Maluleke. Salmon used his thigh to sneak in the ball.
Three minutes later, it was Maluleke who was celebrating. He received a brilliant defence-splitting pass from Anthony Laffor and he controlled, then smashed it to Bartman’s right.
Though Vladimir Vermezovic made another change when he brought in Mthokozisi Yende for Josta Dladla late in the second half, it was clear Matsatsantsa were in the driving seat and deservedly walked away with the three points.