Wits eliminate Chiefs

2012-10-20 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Kaizer Chiefs were given a football lesson by Wits as they were beaten 3-2 in their Telkom Knockout last 16 match at Bidvest Stadium last night.

Matthew Pattison scored one and created the two other goals for the Clever Boys.

All the Chiefs Bafana players made a return to the starting line-up save Itumeleng Khune, who was given time off for a family bereavement.

Amakhosi were good in spells, but their play was often disjointed, allowing Wits into the game.

Chiefs had their chances, but Wits had the more clinical finishing.

Tinashe Nengomasha was given a red card in the dying minutes of the match, but Wits were able to hold out for a valuable win.

Earlier, Chiefs came close to scoring the first goal in the fifth minute with Siphiwe Tshabalala and Eric Mathoho combining well.

Tshabalala’s trademark curling free-kick was sent into the box, but Mathoho’s headed attempt could not find the target.

It was Wits, however, who against the run of play scored the opener.

Wits were rewarded with their first meaningful sojourn into the Chiefs’ half when Pattison scored in the 11th minute.

Pattison had to turn, control the ball, and then produced an exemplary finish from outside the box to make it 1-0 to Wits.

Seven minutes later, he was involved again, this time he turned provider with a free-kick.

The set-piece from the right hand side found Papy Fat in the area and his touch was good enough to find the back of the net to double the lead for the home side.

Three minutes after the break, Wits’ Mzikayise Mashaba capitalised on some sloppy ball-control by Chiefs and was gifted the ball running at Arthur Bartman in goal.

His deflected shot almost proved too good for Bartman, but the Chiefs ’keeper managed to make the gather after diving the wrong way.

In the 51st minute Amakhosi were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area, but Bernard Parker’s attempt was sprayed into the crowd.

In the 65th minute, the visitors pulled a goal back. Parker made a good turn from inside the box, and had no problem slotting the ball past Ryan Harrison in the Wits goal to make the score 2-1.

In the 70th minute, Wits scored what they would have thought was the winner.

Pattison, with an excellent run at goal from a tight angle, crossed for Letsie Koapeng, who nailed the chance to extend the lead to 3-1.

It, however, took Chiefs less than two minutes to reply. After a charging run downfield, Lehlohonolo Majoro had the ball at his feet inside the area with acres of space, and he turned to slap the ball into the back of the net to make the score 3-2.

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