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18 December 2012
• FNB Stadium (Soccer City), Johannesburg, GA
Referee: T. Mkosi
• Attendance: 5000
M. Rusike 36'
B. Parker 82'
That's it folks! Thanks for joining me for all the action of tonight, where we witnessed Kaizer Chiefs struggle initially but eventually overcome a rather toothless AmaZulu with two great goals from Rusike and Parker. Chiefs have put the pressure back on Platinum Stars and Orlando Pirates who will need to try and keep the pace with the league leaders, in their matches tomorrow night. Enjoy your festive season!
90' + 4'
Chiefs close out the final four minutes with some silky passing which thrills the small crowd inside the FNB Stadium. Dlamini sums up AmaZulu's performance with a shot which goes out for a throw in on the far side. The whistle goes and Chiefs finish the first half of the season on top of the league!
Van Heerden sends in a shot which resembles something of a rugby penalty kick, as four minutes are added to the 90.
Zvasiya comes on for Majoro, who will look to consolidate the lead. But Lebese almost makes it three as Chiefs defy the tactics and surge forward with another attack.
Andile Hamilton Khumalo
Chiefs have loaded the midfield and defence as they look to defend for these last few minutes with 10-men. AmaZulu build once more but quickly run out of ideas.
Yellow/Red Willard Katsande
RED CARD! Katsande is off after a poor late challenge by the midfielder. Six minutes to go and AmaZulu will hope they can create something but that may be wishful thinking.
Yellow Card Carlington Nyadombo
Terrible challenge from Nyadombo on the goal scorer sees a bit of controversy as the player is yellow carded and Rosslee begins to argue with Baxter on the sidelines.
Goal Bernard Melvin Parker
AND THERE IT IS! WHAT A GOAL! Parker finishes off the game with a fabulous chip which seems to hang in the air as it beats Kapini's outstretched hand.
Ten minutes plus stoppage time and Chiefs will end the first half of the PSL campaign on top of the log. Gaxa looks to finish the match with a poor shot from the right flank.
Another good chance to create something for AmaZulu but once more a poor final ball from Dlamini ends any further action.
Shocking cross from Lebese sums up the winger's performance tonight. Chiefs have looked really off-colour and will be grateful if they can hang on to this lead as the match enters its final ten minutes.
Yellow Card Peter Tsepo Masilela
Yellow for Masilela as the player seems to go in a bit late with a sliding challenge. Van Heerden sends in a ball which is easy for Khune to catch.
Kagiso Thabiso Senamela
AmaZulu send the ball forward but nothing comes of their efforts. Chiefs are sitting back now and trying to hold onto their slim lead. Van Heerden continues to look threatening inside of Chief's half.
Lawrence Siphiwe Tshabalala
Tshabalala is replaced by Kingston Nkhata after a sub-standard performance.
Less than 20 minutes to go and AmaZulu will be confident that they can find some reward out there after the last five minutes of play. They continue to find more space in Chief's half.
VAN HEERDEN! AmaZulu break down the left and the full-back unleashes an effort which Khune has to turn around the post. The corner is cleared but this chance should remind Chiefs that their lead is still only 1.
Yellow Card Tapuwa Kapini
Kapini picks up a yellow after having a bit too much to say to the referee who does not seem to take any nonsense.
MAJORO SHOOTS! He hits the post! Chiefs counter as Lebese sends in a fantastic cross from the left flank which Majoro hits on the volley but cannot find the goal as he is denied by the post.
SHOT FOR KHUMALO! Finally AmaZulu create something inside the box, as the attacking midfielder finds some space in the box, but his drive is blocked by the wall named Tefu Mashaimaite.
Chiefs seem content to hold off AmaZulu's rather impotent attacking moves and counter with their pace. The game has entered a real lull but Chiefs need to be careful as they only hold a one goal lead.
AmaZulu's danger period ensues! According to some rather shocking stats, Usuthu have conceded an average of three goals between the 60th and 65th minute. They seem to be coping well so far.
Officially Parker is on. He will hope he can come close to the four strikes he scored against Usuthu in their previous clash this season. Following the sub, a good cross from Mbhele is held onto firmly by Khune.
Bernard Melvin Parker
Mathoho and Mashaimaite look imperious tonight! A long ball is dealt with easily by the towering Mathoho. When Morgan Gould returns from injury it will be interesting to see who he replaces.
Chiefs do not have much to fear about the misfiring AmaZulu attack, as they build another attack themselves which sees Rusike fire over the crossbar with a wild effort. The striker seems to have picked up a slight knock after his shot. Parker is up and ready to come on for Rusike.
Good chance for Dlamini! The striker is released in the box but lacks confidence and the ball is cleared for a corner which is bravely defended by Chiefs. That was AmaZulu's first corner would you believe?
A strong challenge from Katsande is punished with a yellow card. The midfielder has been powerful in defence with his physical game. Following the card the team's send in one unsuccessful long ball after another. Not the most exciting football out there.
Yellow Card Willard Katsande
Quite an uninspiring start from AmaZulu whose attacking efforts continue to break down, despite some good movement from Van Heerden down the left flank.
Ayanda Dlamini battles with Gaxa in the right corner as Usuthu look to create something in order to get back into the game.
Here we go as Chiefs kick-off the second stanza! Can Usuthu fight back in Johannesburg?
The players are making their way back onto the pitch as the game is about to kick-off for the second half. Chiefs have the lead and AmaZulu have it all to do, in order to end their 2012 in a positive manner.
So Chiefs go into half time with a 1-0 lead which quite frankly they did not really deserve. A moment of magic from Rusike gave the struggling AmaKhosi a vital lead. Chiefs did not replicate the kind of attacking prowess we have grown used to this season. But AmaZulu did not really show any kind of rhythm in attack either and will find it difficult to mount a comeback against a resolute Chief's defence. See you in around 15 minutes when the second half kicks off!
45' + 1'
That's it half time! The single minute of stoppage time sees Chiefs surge forward down the left with Masilela providing Lebese with a great chance, but the winger can't get his feet in the right place. The resulting corner is cleared by AmaZulu and the players head into the locker rooms.
Neither side can really take control as errant balls fail to find their intended targets. Rusike continues to look like the most dangerous player on the pitch.
The play has turned quite scrappy as the half comes to an end, as AmaZulu try to find some kind of control in possession but largely to no avail.
Suddenly the outlook of this match has changed completely. What was looking like a poor half from Chiefs now sees the AmaKhosi in control of proceedings. Usuthu will have to come out and play now.
The first mistake made by AmaZulu in defence is punished by Chiefs as a bad clearance is powered into the bottom right corner by Rusike. A sumptuous strike from the young man who was denied a clear penalty earlier in the half. He powers forwards once more after the resumption and unleashes another strike, brimming with confidence.
GOAL!!! What a strike from Rusike! His first goal the AmaKhosi!
Goal Matthew Rusike
Once again AmaZulu stifle a Chiefs attack and they continue to close down well inside their own half. They don't look troubled at all out there.
Yellow Card Goodman Sthembiso Dlamini
The game calms down once again as the play is concentrated in the middle of the park. Tshablala strives to find some space with an incisive run, but nothing comes of his efforts.
Whew! This match has suddenly exploded into life.
WHAT A SAVE! Van Heerden sends in a curling strike which has pace, power and accuracy and Khune sprawls to his left, getting enough contact on the ball to turn it around the post for a corner.
Now AmaZulu have a free kick which is in a good area for Van Heerden left-foot.
PENALTY? Rusike goes down in the box after what looks like contact, but the referee does not give it and sees it as simulation. Surely Rusike should be off if it was simulation? The crowd are not impressed with the decision and neither is Stuart Baxter.
Chiefs really have lacked that killer instinct so far, as Matthew Rusike earns a yellow card for arguing with the referee after he was deemed to have fouled Dlamini.
Yellow Card Matthew Rusike
The second corner is defended well by Usuthu and they try to build an attack in Chief's half.
Letsholonyane shoots!!!! The corner almost reaps rewards for Chiefs as Yeye powers an effort towards goal as he finds space at the far post, but his shot is deflected out for another corner.
Letsholonyane gives the ball once again, but this is not punished as a mix up from Kapini leads to an Amakhosi corner.
A good ball from Letsholonyane releases Lebese but there is no support for the winger and he cannot create anything despite being in a good position.
VAN HEERDEN SHOOTS! The left-back follows up his run with an accurate strike which does not have the pace to trouble SA's no.1 goalkeeper Ithumeleng Khune.
Great run by Van Heerden! AmaZulu's left-back has looked solid tonight and creates a free kick chance around 35 yards out for his side, with a powerful run which is cut out illegally by two Chief's defenders.
Chiefs have looked lazy and unconvincing so far. AmaZulu have been good starters this season however, as they have only conceded a single goal in the first half of all the matches they have played.
But this could change! Majoro strikes a goal bound shot which is well blocked. The league leader's cannot follow the shot with anything positive as AmaZulu have possession once more.
AmaZulu have the initial control right now and have not let Kaizer Chiefs create any clear-cut chances.
Chance here! AmaZulu stringh together another good passage of play and a dangerous cross creates a chance which is fluffed by Dlamini in the box.
AmaZulu are not disgracing themselves out there, putting Chiefs under a bit of pressure and are dealing well with the AmaKhosi's speed in defence.
Tshabalala tries to release Gaxa down the right but the ball is a tad hopeful even for the speedy full-back,
Chiefs just can't find their perfect rhythm at the moment. Matthew Rusike has not started well with two loose passes.
Great touches from Majoro! The striker shows his confidence at the moment with some fantastic dribbling which gives Masilela a chance to send in a cross to the unmarked Tshabalala in the box.
CHANCE! Dlamini sends in a low cross for AmaZulu but no striker can latch onto the dangerous ball.
Not a very fluid start to the game, which may suit AmaZulu as they try to stop Chiefs from dominating the pace of the game.
Masilela and Lebese try to combine down the left flank, but Amazulu clean up well
AmaZulu take control of the initial possession but quickly give it away with an errant long ball.
Kick-off! Here we go as AmaZulu get us underway.
A small crowd is at the Calabash tonight, watching the sides walk out onto the pitch. Kick is in t-minus 5 minutes.
Kick-off is in around 10 minutes. Craig Roslee has hinted just before the match starts that he is targeting the three points tonight and wants to earn back the respect his side lost when they were hammered 6-0 earlier this season. Three points could be deemed as wishful thinking by Roslee...
The word upset is being thrown around before this game kicks-off, but all the cards seem to be held by the AmaKhosi who have been dominant in front of goal this season with 29 goals, compared to AmaZulu's paltry 8.
AmaZulu: Kapini, Teyise, Van Heerden, Nyadombo, Mbhele, Mokoro, Modondo, Khumalo, Dlamini, Dlamini
AmaZulu start with the impressive Andile Khumalo, who has been one of the few positives this season for Usuthu with three goals during the campaign.
Kaizer Chiefs: Khune, Gaxa, Mathoho, Mashamaite, Masilela, Lebese, Katsande, Letsholonyane, Tshabalala, Majoro, Rusike
Parker will not start for Chiefs as he is rested on the subs bench, but may make an appearance later in the game. Matthew Rusike gets a start and will need to focus on being a bit more lethal in front of goal.
Well it looks like it is time for the team line-ups as kick-off is in around 20 minutes.
When the teams met earlier this season the Soweto side ran riot in a home fixture for Usuthu, racking up a massive 6-0 victory with Parker scoring four goals. Good news for Chiefs arrived when Bernard Parker was passed fit to play tonight, despite picking up what seemed like a serious injury against AmaTuks.
Chiefs’ home record against the Durban side is even more one-sided: 17 wins from 24 matches and just two defeats. This game seems like it is going to be a one-sided affair, but AmaZulu will still try have a say in matters this evening.
All of the stats and records point towards a Chiefs victory. In head-to-head stats, Chiefs and AmaZulu have met in 47 league matches since 1985. The Amakhosi have traditionally dominated this fixture, claiming 28 wins compared to just seven for Usuthu.
They have been inconsistent throughout the campaign, losing Coach Roger Palmgren due to poor results. His replacement, Craig Rosslee, has not won a game since taking over, and tonight will be his greatest test.
AmaZulu has recorded four wins and four losses from their eight away matches so far this season and they may settle for a point tonight.
It's top versus bottom tonight! The records of both sides this season certainly reflects their league position, as Chiefs remain unbeaten at home with six wins and two draws from eight matches and tonight is another opportunity to build on this impressive home form.
Chiefs are seeking to end the first half of the season with a win at their home ground Soccer City, while AmaZulu are desperately searching for points to stay away from the drop zone. If Chiefs slip up tonight either Orlando Pirates or Platinum Stars may go into the two month break on top of the PSL standings, depending on their results during this round of midweek fixtures. Stand by and you can witness all the action in just over 30 minutes.
Good evening ladies and gentleman and welcome to Goal.com South Africa’s LIVE coverage of tonight’s crucial PSL clash between Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu. My name is Daniel Eslick and I will be taking you through tonight’s match. Send me your Tweets @Dan0090 with any pre-match predictions or comments about the game before kick-off commences!
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