On Saturday, Kaizer Chiefs were beaten 2-0 by Orlando Pirates in a game that many felt was a comfortable victory for Milutin Sredojevic’s men. The match stats tell a different story though, as Chiefs dominated in two key attacking categories.
Amakhosi had 23 shots in the game compared to just 10 for Orlando Pirates. Seven of Chiefs’ attempts hit the target, whilst Bucs had five attempts on target.
Lazarous Kambole and Leonardo Castro each had four shots at goal. That included a very clear chance missed by the Zambian and another attempt from him being blocked by his countryman, Augustine Mulenga when destined for the net. Castro had one clear opening from a header which he steered over the bar. Reeve Frosler also had three shots, whilst Khama Billiat had two.
For Pirates, Mulenga had 3 shots, whilst Thembinkosi Lorch and Vincent Pule each had two attempts.
Chiefs delivered a whopping 28 open play crosses, with 11 reaching a teammate. This is in contrast with Pirates who whipped in 10 deliveries without any reaching a Bucs shirt.
Willard Katsande surprisingly had three successful crosses, whilst Dumisani Zuma had two. For Pirates, Lorch provided three crosses but none were successful.
So why did Chiefs Lose?
Based on these stats and the missed chances (particularly Kambole’s one), Chiefs could feel hard done by to have lost the game. Pirates’ goals came from a Chiefs error in playing out from the back, and a wonder goal by Lorch.
However, when leading 2-0, Pirates were happy to sit deep and absorb pressure. They did not catch Chiefs offside on a single occasion as they left no space in-behind their backline.
Some fans thought Ernst Middendorp was clutching at straws in saying that his team gave a good performance, but perhaps these stats show that he was right.
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