DURBAN - Kaizer Chiefs hit the woodwork three times in their 1-0 defeat to SuperSport United in an MTN8 quarterfinal at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, in Durban, on Saturday night.
Under pressure to deliver a trophy in his third season at the club, Chiefs coach Steve Komphela saw his team putting Matsatsanta under severe pressure for lengthy spells, but they just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.
The match got off to a blistering pace with Chiefs looking good early on. But they were to suffer a sixth-minute sucker punch when SuperSport broke with speed on the counter, resulting in Bradley Grobler feeding Jeremy Brockie, who cut inside and finished clinically on his left foot.
The game remained tight, with the next chance arriving in the 23rd minute when Siphiwe Tshabalala went past two defenders, before his shot deflected off Dean Furman and against the upright.
The Soweto club continued to press for the equaliser and an error from Matsatsantsa goalkeeper Ronwen Williams on 33 minutes nearly let in Gustavo Paez, but Williams recovered to make the block.
Williams then did brilliantly to tip Bernard Parker’s fierce drive over the bar as SuperSport held on shakily to their lead as Amakhosi ran rampant in the minutes leading up to half-time.
It took a goal-line clearance six minutes into the second half by Chiefs defender Erick Mathoho to stop Grobler from embarrassing Itumeleng Khune after the goalkeeper had found himself stranded outside his box.
But Chiefs remained on top and two minutes later Parker came within a whisker of levelling the score when his header struck the inside of the upright and bounced back into play.
The contest in KZN remained on a knife-edge with the Soweto outfit always looking like they could get back into the game, but once again the woodwork denied them when Hendrick Ekstein fired a shot against the crossbar 14 minutes from time.
The pressure continued to come from Amakhosi, but it just wasn’t their night as Tshabalala sent an 88th-minute header over the bar before an added time goal was ruled out for off-sides.
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