A stunning attack from Reeve Frosler and a header from Eric Mathoho gave Kaizer Chiefs maximum points in the Soweto derby, while Amakhosi defeated Orlando Pirates 2-1 on Saturday in the DStv Premiership at Orlando Stadium.
The win moved the team from Naturena to second in the league with 35 points after 19 games, while the Buccaneers remain in fourth place with 32 points after 22 games.
Amakhosi had a spectacular start to the match, with Reeve Frosler’s remarkable strike in the 18e minute, leaving Siyabonga Mpontshane with no chance to save the ball and give Chiefs the lead.
Pirates should have equalized just after 20 minutes. The chiefs’ central defences, Eric Mathoho and Daniel Cardoso, appeared to be struggling, and Kabelo Dlamini should have taken advantage of the situation, but failed twice.
On the other hand, Chiefs could have easily led 2-0 in the 26e minutes after Keagan Dolly hit an offside trap and scored, but the referee Masixolele Bambiso called for an offside.
Amakhosi was dealt a huge blow when Khama Billiat had to be pulled out due to a hamstring injury in the 39e minute and he was replaced by Kearyn Baccus. Immediately afterwards, Pirates thought they had equalized by a diving header from Kwame Peprah, but the striker was in an offside position and Amakhosi went into halftime in the driver’s seat.
The start of the second was better for the Sea Robbers as they needed just nine minutes to equalize from a counterattack when Peprah tapped in from close range thanks to Deon Hotto.
In a battle for the winning goal, half chances were created, half chances were created by both teams, but no one could get in.
But it was Chiefs who would restore their lead, as Mathoho rose high and headed the ball through the back of the net from a Dolly corner in the 81.st minute. Pirates came through hard in the closing minutes of the game, but Brandon Petersen saved a Terrence Dzvukamanja attack from close range to ensure the Chiefs took the win.