SuperSport hold Chiefs to draw

SuperSport United came from behind to hold Kaizer Chiefs to a 1-1 draw in a 2020-21 DStv Premiership match at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Amakhosi opened the scoring through Reeve Frosler, but Bradley Grobler scored from the penalty for SuperSport before Ronwen Williams made two fine saves late on to earn the visitors a point on a sizzling afternoon in Soweto. The result moved Matsatsantsa within four of points of league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns while Chiefs leapfrog Bloemfontein Celtic and up to eighth.

The first chance of the match fell on the head of Evans Rusike whose glancing attempt from a corner-kick was cleared off the line by Frosler who was well positioned with Grobler lurking at the back post, in the 23rd minute.

Six minutes later, Frosler opened the scoring on the day and his Amakhosi account with a well taken goal. The Chiefs left-back won the ball inside the SuperSport penalty area before curling the ball into the back of the net with his right foot via the inside of the post, with Williams rooted to the spot.

SuperSport went in search of an immediate reply and Rusike forced Itumeleng Khune into a save on the cusp of halftime. The Zimbabwean's looping header had the Chiefs shot-stopper worried but in the end he made a comfortable save.

Matsatsantsa carried that moment into the second-half and after Sipho Mbule forced Khune into a good save with a rasping shot, the visitors were awarded a penalty as the hosts pushed the self-destruct button once more.

Chiefs looked in control of the match only for Anthony Akumu to pull Thamsanqa Gabazu's jersey in the area, leaving the referee with little choice put to point to the spot. Grobler stepped up and cooly dispatched the ball into the back of the net in the 67th minute for his 13th goal of the season, as he continued his scoring streak against the Soweto giants.

It was all Chiefs in the closing stages with Williams showcasing why he is currently Bafana Bafana's preferred choice between the sticks with Molefi Ntseki watching on from the stands.

The SuperSport captain showed cat-like reflexes to palm Akumu's volley onto the crossbar and out of danger in the 77th minute, but left the best for last. Nkosingiphile Ngcobo ghosted into the area and looked sure to score with four minutes of regulation time remaining but Williams got down low to his right to make a world-class save as SuperSport held on for a point.

Kaizer Chiefs (1) 1 (Frosler 29')

SuperSport United (0) 1 (Grobler pen. 67')

Kaizer Chiefs: Khune; Frosler (Zulu 64'), Mphahlele, Akumu, Ngezana, Katsande (Cardoso 63'), Blom, Ngcobo, Parker, Castro, Nurkovic (Kambole 81').

SuperSport United: Williams; Bhasera, Ditlhokwe, Phillips, Mohomi (Mahachi 36'), Webber (Nhlapo 89'), Mbule, Lungu (Manziba 68'), Rusike (Gabuza 46'), Grobler.