Kaizer Chiefs 1-1 SuperSport United: Nurkovic off the mark
Samir Nurkovic Khama Billiat Lebogang Manyama - Kaizer Chiefs
Nurkovic scored his first goal of the season but the Amakhosi still couldn't beat United

Striker Samir Nurkovic got his first goal for Kaizer Chiefs but Bradley Grobler cancelled it out very late in the game as SuperSport United snatched a point at FNB Stadium on Saturday night. 

Grobler should have won it for the visitors deep into stoppage time after Lorenzo Gordinho was harshly penalised for a hand-ball inside the box. 

However, Daniel Akpeyi pulled off a stunning save to deny Grobler what would have been his fourth goal of the current season.  

Amakhosi thought they would register a successive league win this season, but Kaitano Tembo had other ideas as he kept Grobler on the pitch despite being closely marked for the better part of the game. 

While the draw was enough to see Amakhosi shoot to the summit of the PSL standings, Ernst Middendorp may not be entirely happy with the result as his team had many chances to bury SuperSport United earlier. 

Chiefs welcomed Khama Billiat back into the starting line-up, while Itumeleng Khune made his return to the matchday squad for the first time since December 2018.  

There was a sense of belief from the home fans as Middendorp opted for an attack-minded team with Billiat, Lazarous Kambole, Lebogang Manyama, and Nurkovic all leading the frontline. 

Tembo packed the midfield with three central midfielders in Dean Furman, Teboho Mokoena, and Sipho Mbule to try and deny Amakhosi the space to penetrate through the middle. 

By so doing, they relied heavily on their wing-backs to take the ball to the strikers - but the first half saw Chiefs dominate the game. 

Chiefs pinned United back in the early stages, and they were duly rewarded when Manyama spotted Nurkovic on the left-hand side of the pitch. 

Nurkovic then fired past Ronwen Williams after some good footwork inside the visitor's box to make it 1-0 to Chiefs.

This was the Serbian's first goal in the colours of Amakhosi, and perhaps a relief for the technical team as he has been knocking on the door since the start of the campaign. 

The home side then controlled the game and knocked the ball around nicely, making it difficult for the visitors to play their normal football. 

Grant Kekana came close to levelling matters around the 20th minute as his header came off the upright with Akpeyi well-beaten. 

But that was SuperSport United's real chance of the half as Chiefs went into the dressing rooms brimming with confidence from Nurkovic's goal.

Chiefs started the second half brightly as they continued to push forward, but credit must go to their defence for silencing both Evans Rusike and Grobler. 

Grobler had a few half-chances midway through the second half, but none of those attempts proved too dangerous for Chiefs as Akpeyi was always equal to the task. 

Erick Mathoho was given the difficult task of man-marking Grobler, and he did a fantastic job until he was stretchered off the pitch through injury. 

His place was taken by Gordinho, but the misunderstanding between him and Daniel Cardoso left Akpeyi exposed and Grobler was on hand to draw SuperSport United level in the 83rd minute.     

This was immediately after Nurkovic had missed a clear-cut goalscoring chance from inside the United box. 

Dumisani Zuma also had two chances to put the game to bed but none of his efforts hit the target as United regained confidence and decided to attack more in the final minutes.

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SuperSport United nearly stole all three points deep into stoppage time as the referee awarded them a penalty following a Gordinho handball. 

However, Akpeyi showed just why he's highly rated by Middendorp as he stopped Grobler's penalty to help Chiefs get away with a point. 

The point was enough to see Chiefs move to the summit of the PSL log with seven points although they would have liked to beat SuperSport United and have a three-point lead at the top. 

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