Local News 22.4.2017 11:11 pm

SuperSport beat Chiefs on penalties in Nedbank Cup quarter

Supersport players celebrates during the Nedbank Cup Quarter Final between Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United at FNB Stadium on April 22, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Supersport players celebrates during the Nedbank Cup Quarter Final between Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United at FNB Stadium on April 22, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Defending champions Supersport United ended Kaizer Chiefs’ 15-match unbeaten run, as they won a thrilling penalty shoot-out on a 5-3 scoreline, in a Nedbank Cup quarterfinal match played at the FNB Stadium on Saturday evening.

The match was deadlocked at 1-all after 90 minutes of regulation time and 30 minute of extra time, with Chiefs’ George Maluleka being the unfortunate player not to score in the sudden-death penalty shoot-out match-deciding phase.

This allows Supersport coach Stuart Baxter a chance of lifting the lucrative cup title for a third, time following last season’s triumph by Supersport, as well as his victory as Chiefs coach in the 2012/2013 season.

Chiefs, 13-time winners of this competition which has had various sponsors over the years, had a golden opportunity to take the match towards the end of the first period of extra time, after they were awarded a penalty, with Supersport midfielder Dean Furman having been adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty area.

However, the visitors’ goalkeeper Reyaad Pieterse saved Bernard Parker’s spot kick.

It was Supersport who looked the more likely to score during the 90 minutes of regulation time, albeit on sudden attacks as they held back to keep their playing pattern shape and waited for opportunities to come their way.

In the 72nd minute, New Zealander Jeremy Brockie produced a powerful low driving shot with his left foot from Thabo Mnyamane’s corner kick, which got the better of Chiefs’ Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune to put the visitors into the lead.

However, nine minutes, later, the Amakhosi levelled matters courtesy of a well-headed goal by defender Ramahkwe Mphahlele, from a quality cross from substitute William Twala.

Khune was definitely the busier of the two goalkeepers and was called on to make two superb saves to keep goal-bound efforts from Brockie out. The goalkeeper also saved his team in the first half, when he produced a close range save to blunt the effort of Mnyamane.

Chiefs’ focus will now return to league action, as they prepare for their all-important clash with Cape Town City on Tuesday night in Cape Town. The Soweto giants are currently in third place on the log with 45 points from 24 games, just a point shy of City, the log-leaders. Bidvest Wits are in second place on 45 points but having played two matches less.

Supersport, in fifth spot, with 37 points from 23 games, will have an equally tough encounter on Tuesday, away to Wits.

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results

Chiefs 1-0 Wits
Sundows 2-2 Highlands
Arrows 2-1 Pirates

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# Team GP Pts
1 Bidvest Wits 30 60
2 Sundowns 30 57
3 Cape Town City 30 55
4 Kaizer Chiefs 30 50
5 SuperSport United 30 48
6 Polokwane City 30 43
7 Maritzburg Utd 30 38
8 Arrows 30 38
9 Platinum Stars 30 37
10 Ajax Cape Town 30 36
11 Orlando Pirates 30 33
12 Bloemfontein Celtic 30 29
13 Chippa United 30 28
14 Free State Stars 30 28
15 Baroka FC 30 28
16 Highlands Park 30 27

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