Lights go out on Kaizer Chiefs

2008-03-30 00:00

MAMELODI Sundowns rode their luck to draw 1-1 in normal time, dominate extra time with 10 men and win the penalty shootout 5-4 in their Nedbank Cup last-16 match against Kaizer Chiefs at King’s Park in Durban yesterday evening.

Mbulelo Mabizela slotted the winning penalty in the top left-hand corner of Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune’s net, though earlier Amakhosi had missed four excellent chances, including two sitters by striker Mabhudi Khenyeza, to win the game.

A capacity crowd turned out for a promising encounter, but the match never quite reached its expected heights, with intermittent stoppages cause by some of the stadium lights failing, injuries, a scuffle and a red card breaking up the rhythm of a stop-start game.

Chiefs played with greater purpose for about two-thirds of normal time, but let Sundowns off the hook with some poor finishing.

In the first half, Amakhosi used their superior possession cautiously, and had to wait until the 27th minute before David Mathebula made space on the edge of the area and shot straight at Marlin.

Eight minutes later, the ball was worked by Khenyeza to Mathebula on the right of the area, whose shot was blocked by Marlin back into the path of Khenyeza, who blasted over an open goal from five metres.

Just after that, the game was held up for the first time for about eight minutes as some lights went out. With just a small area affected, it was decided to continue until half time.

Chiefs should have wrapped the game up in the half-hour after the break. After a second stoppage as yet more lights failed, Chiefs took the lead in the 47th minute. Khune’s long-ball was headed by Bartlett to Khenyeza in the area, who blasted in off the foot of Marlin.

In the 64th minute, Khenyeza missed his second sitter. Jimmy Tau’s cross from the right found Bartlett free on the far side, who drove the ball back into the middle, but Khenyeza shot wide.

Marlin was injured in a collision in the movement and was replaced by Brian Baloyi.

Chiefs missed another golden chance when David Mathebula’s corner was half-cleared by Johannes to Siphiwe Tshabalala on the left of the area, whose shot was somehow kept out by Baloyi. From the resultant corner Fabien McCarthy’s header was cleared off the line.

Downs scored with their first real chance in the 77th minute. Esrom Nyandoro’s cross from left midfield was headed down by Mhlongo and substitute Bryan Aldave’s half-volley well saved by Khune, but pushed to Surprise Moriri for a simple finish.

Suddenly it was Downs creating the chances. Carelse’s angled shot kept out by Khune was matched by Gerald Sibeko’s free-kick stopped by Baloyi. In the first half of extra time, Surprise Moriri headed Lerato Chabangu’s free-kick from the left onto the crossbar.

In the second half, the game turned ugly when Fabian McCarthy refused to kick the ball out when Chabangu was down injured and was fouled by Aldave. Carelse came in and kicked the ball onto the legs of Tau, who went down somewhat theatrically and a scuffle broke out. The end result was that Carelse was red-carded in the 111th minute.

With both teams tiring, the game went to penalties where Moriri, Nyandoro, Chabangu, Johannes and Mabizela were all successful for Downs. Thuso Phala’s shot for Chiefs was saved by Baloyi, with Jonathan Quartey, Kaizer Motaung Junior, Tshabalala and Onismor Bhasera converting.

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