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The reigning League champions showed their true character as they battled to a 2-1 win at the Mpumalanga stadium with only ten men.

The goals came from Ricardo Katza and Daine Klate for SuperSport and Felix Obada for Thanda. SuperSport also had Fikru Teferra sent off in the first half.

Matsatsantsa started with a bang when Ricardo Katza opened the scoring in the 4th minute with a thunderous low drive. Tonic Chabalala brought down Firku Tefera on the edge of the box, and after a well worked free-kick, Katza gave Audrey Mathibe no chance in the Thanda goal when he hit a low shot under the wall into the back of the net, 1-0.

Only a minute later Daine Klate struck the cross-bar after a short corner found him on the left edge of the box; his shot deflected off the bar and out for a goal-kick. The Tshwane-based side started with two strikers up front instead of their usual lone striker, giving preference to the experienced Glen Salmon, who should have doubled SuperSport's lead in the 12th minute when a corner found him unmarked inside the box, but his header failed to hit the target from five yards-out and skimmed the wrong side of the post.

Amabhubesi showed real determination and bounced back in the 17th minute after a slow opening ten minutes, when Felix Obada scored his first goal of the season; the man of the moment, Bernard Parker, sparked the magic with a great individual run down the left flank before delivering a low cross into the box that found Obada.

The Nigerian made no mistake as he finished clinically with ferociously struck shot that found the right hand corner of the net, 1-1.

Parker was a constant source of danger through-out the half and was carefully watched by the Matsatsatsa defence.

It was a half of few chances with only a single shot on goal from each side. The real drama of the half, however, came in the 29th minute when referee Jerome David showed no hesitation when he gave Fikru Teferra a straight red card after he deliberately stamped on the throat of July Mahlangu.

Mahalngu made a sliding tackle and instead of Firku jumping over him, he preceded to stamp on him and the referee sent him off, reducing SuperSport to ten men.

The second half was a scrappy affair and at times looked very untidy. Thanda struggled to take advantage of their numerical advantage while SuperSport just looked to consolidate and walk away with at least a point.

Nonetheless, despite Thanda laying siege on the SuperSport goal, it was Matsatsantsa who almost grabbed the winner in the 74th minute when an in-swinging free-kick from Klate resulted in the best chance of the half; both Katza and Salmon rose above the defence but got in each others' way as the ball glanced off Katza's head, and had he left it, Salmon would certainly have scored.

It was a match where the chances were few and far between, but in the dying moments of the game Klate broke the hearts of the Amabhubesi fans: he pounced on a rebounded free-kick and fired back a low, hard shot that found the back of the net, 2-1, and that is how the game ended.

Report courtesy of Backpage.