Chiefs down City with late goals

Kaizer Chiefs have extended their lead at the top of the Absa Premiership table to four points (and guaranteed that they will be in pole position through the international break) with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Cape Town City at Newlands Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The Amakhosi claimed their third win from four league matches thanks to late goals from Daniel Cardoso and Kearyn Baccus, while the Citizens suffered a first league loss despite holding the lead for over 70 minutes thanks to Kermit Erasmus’ early strike.

City got off to a flying start and claimed the lead in the fourth minute: Ebrahim Seedat played a pass inside from the left flank and Kermit Erasmus turned inside Eric Mathoho beautifully before beating Daniel Akpeyi at his near post with a low, scuffed shot.

Chiefs should have drawn level just under 10 minutes later when Lazarous Kambole head a free header from a Reeve Frosler cross, but the forward put his effort wide of goalkeeper Peter Leeuwenburgh’s left-hand post.

Midway through the first half the Cape side came close to a second goal, with Erasmus heading powerfully on target from Thamsanqa Mkhize’s cross – Akpeyi did well to make an initial save and Mathoho was on hand to clear the loose ball before it passed over the goal line.

The teams traded further chances in the remainder of the first half, but there was no addition to the score line, leaving the Citizens one goal up on the Amakhosi at the interval.

Chiefs thought they had grabbed an equaliser early in the second stanza when Samir Nurkovic sent a shot onto the upright and the rebound was turned home at close range by Khama Billiat, but the offside flag cut short their celebrations.

The Zimbabwean forward came close to a leveller again midway through the second half, sending a low shot from the edge of the penalty area just wide – so close that it clipped the outside of Leeuwenburgh’s left-hand post.

The Soweto side finally drew level in the 75th minute through a perfectly executed free kick. Lebogang Manyama played a pin-point cross from a free kick just to the right of the area and picked out Daniel Cardoso, who buried his header for 1-1.

Chiefs had momentum on their side and claimed the lead for the first time with a goal in the 80th minute. City were unable to deal with a cross from the left which Nurkovic headed toward Billiat – the ball bounced kindly for substitute Kearyn Baccus, who easily converted from close range to make it 2-1 to the visitors.

Baccus’ first goal for the Gold and Black proved to be decisive, with the Amakhosi becoming the first team to hit double figures in points for the 2019/20 season. They and City will only return to action on September 14 with matches against Polokwane City and SuperSport United respectively.

Cape Town City (1) 1 (Erasmus 4’)

Kaizer Chiefs (0) 2 (Cardoso 75’, Baccus 80’)

City: Leeuwenburgh, Mkhize, Cupido, Edmilson, Seedat, Mobara, Mokeke, Makola (Links 83’), Norodien, Erasmus (Martin 66’), Mthembu (Morris 73’)

Chiefs: Akpeyi, Frosler, Mathoho, Cardoso, Ntiyantiya (Zuma 66’), Maluleka, Manyama (Katsande 86’), Parker, Kambole (Baccus 46’), Billiat, Nurkovic