Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu settled for a 1-all draw in their DStv Premiership encounter at FNB Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Amakhosi showed some spirit as they pushed forward from the onset when Cole Alexander tried an acrobatic shot but his effort went wide.
The action continued with Sphesihle Maduna firing a shot from range, however, the ball went the wrong direction.
With the atmosphere crackling, Chiefs stepped up the pressure on the visitors.
In the 20th minute, Keagan Buchanan scored an own goal when he tried to block Keagan Dolly’s square pass, but the ball found its way to the back of the net.
It was hugely frustrating, given the work Usuthu had put in defensively.
The Soweto giants were forced to make an early change when Reeve Frosler got injured and taken off the pitch. Ramahlwe Mphahlele was called into the field to replace the injured Frosler.
The KwaZulu-Natal side fought hard to pull one back when Siyethemba Sithebe tried his luck at goal, but his shot was dealt with by Chiefs’ defence.
The first half went into the interval with AmaZulu trailing behind by 1-0.
Both teams started the second half in a sloppy fashion.
However, poor decisions on the ball was a theme for Stuart Baxter’s troops, as AmaZulu came strong at them.
As the second stanza progressed, Alexander was sent off to take an early shower after receiving his second yellow card after a foul on Thabo Qalinge in the 60th minute of the showpiece.
The second period started to gain momentum, but the Glamour Boys didn’t muster much going forward, but they defended well with one man short.
The least we expected it, AmaZulu found an equaliser courtesy of super-sub Bonginkosi Ntuli in the 77th minute.
The game unravelled for the hosts after the visitors levelled matters.
In the 85th minute, Samkelo Mgwazela joined Alexander as he also received his second yellow card for a foul on Lebogang Manyama.
At the end of the day, the game ended in a stalemate after an eventful showdown.
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By Mauwane Raophala