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Amazulu come from a goal down to draw with Kaizer Chiefs

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It was honours even at FNB Stadium on Wednesday evening as both Kaizer Chiefs and Amazulu were reduced to ten men in a pulsating 1-1 draw.

Amakhosi went into the half-time break with a slender lead thanks to Keagan Buchanan's 20th-minute own goal but they were reduced to ten men on the hour mark before Bongi Ntuli put the visitors back on level footing.

And Amazulu would also end the match with ten men after Samkelo Mgwazela collected his second booking of the game.

The Premiership encounter started at a good tempo and Chiefs created the first chance of note as Cole Alexander sent a shot high and wide to the right of the goal in the fourth minute.

After a brief lull in play, Amazulu responded by creating two chances in quick succession, Sphesihle Maduna firing narrowly wide from 35 yards out before Augustine Mulenga saw his attempt saved in the bottom-left corner by Chiefs keeper Daniel Akpeyi.

The deadlock was finally broken on 20 minutes as Chiefs claimed the lead thanks to a large slice of luck. Keagan Buchanan attempted to clear Keagan Dolly's low cross into the danger area but only succeeded in deflecting the ball into his own net.

Chiefs had a great chance to add to their advantage just past the half-hour mark but Bernard Parker was unable to capitalise, firing high and wide to the left of the goal.

Amazulu managed to create two more chances in the latter stages of the half but both went to waste as Mbongeni Gumede and Sphesihle Maduna both failed to find the mark.

And there was plenty of action to come after the half-time break as Siyethemba Sithebe kicked things off by forcing a save from Akpeyi in the 50th minute before Dolly and Kgaogelo Sekgota both fired wide from long-range attempts on goal.

Siyethemba Sithebe was also denied by Akpeyi while at the opposite end of the pitch, Dolly's left-footed shot from the centre of the box was saved by AmaZulu gloveman Veli Mothwa.

However, just one minute later, Chiefs would be reduced to ten men as Cole Alexander picked up his second yellow card of the game for a foul on Thabo Qalinge.

A few minutes later Chiefs threatened to double their advantage but Eric Mathoho was unable to make the chance count as he headed wide to the right from Parker's hanging cross.

But, with the extra man on the pitch, AmaZulu began to turn up the pressure, with later attempts from Samkelo Mgwazela and Qalinge both going close to finding the back of the net.

They finally got the breakthrough they were looking for in the 77th minute, Bonginkosi Ntuli finding the bottom-left corner following Andre de Jong's whipped cross into the box.

Usuthu continued to pile forward after bagging the equaliser, with De Jong twice going close to scoring in the space of two frantic minutes.

However, they too would be reduced to ten men in the closing stages of the encounter as Samkelo Mgwazela was shown his second yellow card of the game following a clumsy challenge on Ramahlwe Mphahlele.

AmaZulu had one last chance to snatch victory at the death but Luvuyo Memela failed to hit the target as his long-range attempt went sailing over the crossbar.

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