Kaizer Chiefs came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 against Polokwane City on Saturday to stretch their lead at the top of the table to six points.
Trailing 2-0 with 20 minutes to play, Chiefs managed to dig deep and find three goals in six minutes to turn the tie on its head.
The result may have a bearing on the title race as well, and those six minutes may end up as one of the most important six minutes of the season.
With Mamelodi Sundowns piling on the pressure and narrowing down what was once a double-digit points lead, Chiefs needed a result like this to wrestle some momentum their way. We dug through the numbers to bring you some stats from a rare comeback victory for AmaKhosi.
Coming into the game, Chiefs had won just one of the last 10 games they had played away to Limpopo-based teams. When Lesiba Nku opened the scoring for Polokwane in the 17th minute, it looked like this record would continue, albeit the game being played in Gauteng. Things got worse for Chiefs when Jabu Malueke doubled Polokwane’s lead on the hour mark.
The captain’s free kick took a deflection on its way, and suddenly Chiefs were staring at a double defeat against the same opponent for the first time since 2015/16. And then the unthinkable happened. Or maybe, it’s the predictable that actually happened as Chiefs scored from yet another set-piece.
Firstly, Katsande scrambled in a header from a corner, before Anthony Akumu also bundled one over the line from another corner. Samir Nurkovic then fired in a long-range effort for Chiefs, and despite missing a late penalty, they held on for the three points.
Here are ten stats from that comeback:
1 – This was the first time in PSL history that Chiefs came from 2 goals down to win a league game.
2 – Coming into the game, Chiefs had won just two of the last 21 league games where their opponent scored first (D4 L15), a record going back to March 2018. This was only their 3rd win.
2 – Daniel Cardoso missed only his second penalty for Chiefs since the start of 2018, having scored eight of his last nine from the spot.
2 – This was only the second time in 14 meetings that Polokwane City have scored twice in a league game against Chiefs. On both occasions, Polokwane scored 1st but went on to lose the tie 3-2.
6 – Man of the Match, Samir Nurkovic became the 6th Chiefs player to score 13+ goals in a single PSL season. He joins an exclusive club with Pollen Ndlanya, Siyabonga Nomvethe (twice), David Radebe, Collins Mbesuma & Knowledge Musona.
10 – Nurkovic was scoring against his 10th different opponent this season. Only Collins Mbesuma (13) and Pollen Ndlanya (11) have scored against more different opponents in a single season for Chiefs.
13 – Nurkovic became the first Chiefs player to score at least 13 league goals in a single league season since Knowledge Musona in 2010/11.
23 – Chiefs scored from two corner situation goals today, their 22nd and 23rd set-piece goals all season. They have now scored as many league goals from set-piece situations this season as Polokwane City have managed altogether (23).
38y 5m 1d – Jabu Maluleke became the oldest player to score a league goal in the top-flight this season, aged 38 years 5 months & 1 day.
54 – The Chiefs penalty was the 54th penalty awarded in the league all season, the most in a league season since 2010/11.
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By Opta Jabu