AmaZulu FC 2-3 Kaizer Chiefs: Amakhosi edge resilient Usuthu in five-goal thriller
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Usuthu's unbeaten home record came to an end after losing to an improving Amakhosi side

Kaizer Chiefs secured a hard-fought 3-2 victory over AmaZulu FC in a PSL encounter which was played in Durban.

Usuthu were hoping to return to winning ways in the league having drawn 0-0 with Highlands Park in their previous league match over the weekend.

Cavin Johnson made one change to the team that took on the Lions of the North with Michael Morton returning to the starting line-up,

Amakhosi were targeting their second successive victory in the league having secured a 2-0 win over Bidvest Wits away last week.

Ernst Middendorp decided to make two changes to the team that faced the Clever Boys with Khama Billiat being rested by the German coach.

Chiefs were keen to continue their dominance over AmaZulu having put together a 19-game unbeaten run in the league against Usuthu which stretches back to the 2006/07 season.

The visitors got off to the perfect start as they grabbed an early goal just a minute into the match through Marc Van Heerden's own-goal to make it 1-0 to Chiefs.

The former Orlando Pirates defender scored an own-goal while attempting to clear away Leonardo Castro's shot which had rebounded off the upright.

AmaZulu, who were undefeated at home in the league this season, came into the game having kept four consecutive clean sheets in their last four matches in Durban.

Usuthu pushed forward in search of the equalizing goal, but they failed to seriously test Namibia international Virgil Vries in Amakhosi goal in the first half.

At the other end, Usuthu goalkeeper Siyabonga Mbatha pulled off a great save to deny Castro to ensure that the first half ended with Chiefs leading 1-0.

The hosts piled pressure on Chiefs after the restart and they deservedly levelled matters after a good move by Usuthu just after the hour-mark.

Emiliano Tade combined with Ovidy Karuru, who then scored with a simple tap in to make it 1-0 to AmaZulu with the visitors' defence caught ball watching.

However, Chiefs responded with a goal after the AmaZulu defence was left exposed and Bernard Parker scored with a first-time shot to make it 2-1 to the visitors in the 64th minute.

It was not a surprise that the Soweto giants had scored between the 60th minute and 75th minute as they netted 15.0% of their goals in this period during their PSL matches

The momentum was with Chiefs in the dying minutes of the game and they managed to extend their lead through Willard Katsande, who netted from close range.

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The Zimbabwean midfielder, who was captaining the visitors in the absence of captain Itumeleng Khune, made it 3-1 after AmaZulu had failed to clear their lines.

AmaZulu pressed the visitors in stoppage time and they netted through Van Heerden to ensure that the game ended in a 3-2 win in favour of Chiefs.

The victory took Amakhosi to fifth place on the league standings, while Usuthu remained 12th on the table.
 

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