United and Chiefs share spoils


Jonathan Quartey scored for Chiefs from the penalty spot, with Chris Eagles netting the second half equaliser.

The English Premiership and European Champions settled earlier than their opponents, but it was the Glamour Boys who threatened first.

David Mathebula threatened with a long range shot in the fifth minute, but his effort was saved by United keeper Tomasz Kusczak.

Siphiwe Tshabalala should have opened the scoring a minute later when he received a loose ball inside the area, but the winger hesitated before shooting and his effort was subsequently blocked.

The Red Devils’ first chance of the game arrived in the 27th minute when Carlos Tevez headed wide at the near post following a good cross by skipper Gary Neville.

Tevez threatened again a minute later, but his tame shot from the edge of the area was comfortably saved by Itumeleng Khune.

Chiefs took the lead in the 37th minute when they were awarded a penalty after Neville fouled Tshabalala inside the area and Quartey made no mistake.

The score remained 1-0 at the break.

Tevez wasted another chance in the 51st minute when he sent his free header wide of the far post from a cross by Eagles.

Jose Torrealba almost doubled Amakhosi’s lead in the 53rd minute when he latched onto a loose ball inside the United area following a mix-up between Kusczak and defender Wes brown, but the Venezuelan saw his shot deflected for a corner.

United drew level in six minutes later when Eagles headed home from a cross by Tevez.

Chiefs almost regained their lead in the 67th minute, but Gert Schalkwyk sent his header into the side-netting from a good cross by Onismor Bhasera.

Both sides rang the changes in the latter stages, and this disrupted the flow of the game, but in all fairness, a fair result on the day.