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Kaizer Chiefs v Orlando Pirates Match Report, 2019/11/02

PEN 4 - 2
2 - 2
L. Castro (62)
D. Cardoso (94 pen)
F. Makaringe (35)
F. Mhango (100)
Moses Mabhida Stadium
(FT 1 - 1)
Kaizer Chiefs 2-2 Orlando Pirates (4-2 pens): Amakhosi sneak into Telkom Knockout Cup semi-finals
17:57 SAST 2019/11/02
Daniel Cardoso and Thembinkosi Lorch Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs
The Glamour Boys have advanced to the semi-finals of this year's edition after edging the Buccaneers at Moses Mabhida Stadium

Kaizer Chiefs booked their place in the semi-finals of the Telkom Knockout Cup following a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win at Orlando Stadium on Saturday afternoon. 

The Sea Robbers were the first to open the scoring through Fortune Makaringe but Leonardo Castro levelled matters in the second half. 

The game ended in a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes and Daniel Cardoso gave Amakhosi the lead in extra time before Frank Mhango made it 2-2 to force the encounter into penalties. 

Daniel Akpeyi stopped two penalties to help Chiefs edge the Sea Robbers 4-2 and advance to the semi-finals. 

Ernst Middendorp made a single change from the team that beat Mamelodi Sundowns last week with George Maluleka replacing the injured Reeve Frosler in the Amakhosi line-up. 

Rhulani Mokwena, on the other hand, made three changes from the Pirates team that beat Highlands Park in midweek. 

Thembinkosi Lorch, Fortune Makaringe and Kabelo Dlamini all cracked the nod against Middendorp's men. 

All eyes were on the match officials for this biggest match on the South African calendar after complaints from various coaches across the country in recent weeks.

And it didn't take long before a wrong decision was made as Samir Nurkovic was incorrectly ruled offside after heading past Wayne Sandilands in the 21st minute. 

Nurkovic beat the offside trap and connected with a beautiful lob played in, but assistant referee Zakhele Siwela flagged for offside, causing an uproar inside the venue. 

There was another controversy in the 30th minute when Lorch escaped a red card after stamping on Khama Billiat minutes after fouling him in the middle of the park. 

Lorch, lucky to be on the pitch after being shown a yellow, turned provider as he set up Makaringe for the game's opening goal 10 minutes before the break. 

Akpeyi nearly gave away a penalty deep into first-half stoppage time as he appeared to pull down Dlamini inside the box but the referee waved play on, much to the dismay of the Pirates technical bench. 

Pirates went into the break brimming with confidence, but Mokwena knew they needed to be more clinical because Chiefs were bound to attack in the second half. 

This was the case at the start of the second half as Chiefs pinned Pirates back and Mthokosizi Dube found himself on the receiving end of relentless pressure five minutes into the second 45 minutes as he got his marching orders for a foul on Billiat. 

With Pirates down to 10 men, Chiefs threw numbers forward and they were rewarded in the 62nd minute when Castro fired past Sandilands to make it 1-1. 

The visitors didn't want the goal to demoralise them as they pushed forward in numbers but at this stage, the moment was with Chiefs who used their numerical advantage to force Mokwena's men to defend too deep at times. 

Billiat nearly stole the show in the latter stages of the match as his deflected attempt had to be tipped over the crossbar by Sandilands. 

Ultimately, the game went to extra time as neither side couldn't find the winner. 

Cardoso handed Amakhosi the lead in extra time after Mabasa had stopped Erick Mathoho's goal-bound attempt inside the box. 

However, Mhango equalised with a sublime finish in the second half of extra time to send the game to penalties after another assist by Lorch. 

Akpeyi was then the hero as he stopped two penalties while Chiefs converted all their penalties to win 4-2 and book their place in the semi-finals.