Result: Kaizer Chiefs 1-3 Bidvest Wits
Date: 7 August 2018
Venue: FNB Stadium
A hapless Kaizer Chiefs suffered a 3-1 defeat to Bidvest Wits in an Absa Premiership match at FNB stadium on Tuesday night.
It was a timid start to the game with the first real opportunity falling the way of Chiefs in the 18th minute when a pin-point cross from Ramahlwe Mphahlele picked out Leonardo Castro, but the Amakhosi striker headed wide from ten-yards out under no pressure.
Wits took the lead five minutes later when a thunderous long-range shot from Dean Hotto found the top right corner of the net, 1-0.
In the 33rd minute Chiefs managed to level matters when Castor headed home a beautiful free-kick into the box from the left by Khama Billiat, 1-1.
The Amakhosi almost took the lead five minutes before the break when Castro got onto the end of a low left-wing cross from Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya, but the striker’s shot went just wide from 12-yards out.
In the 43rd minute Wits re-took the lead when Terrence Dzvukamanja met a left-wing cross from Sifiso Hlanti at the back post and duly headed home from close range to make it 2-1 at the break.
Two minutes into the second half Wits scored their third goal after a swift counter-attack saw Gift Motupa through on goal and he made no mistake with just Itumeleng Khune to beat, 3-1.
Erick Mathoho should have pulled a goal back just before the hour mark when he met a corner-kick from Bernard Parker, but under no pressure he headed wide from six-yards out.
In the 76th minute, Billiat came within inches of finding the back of the net when a 20-yard free-kick from the Zimbabwean shaved the wrong side of the post.
Chiefs threw players forward in the final ten minutes, but were unable to pull a goal back as Wits held on for a 3-1 win.
Here is how they lined-up.
Kaizer Chiefs: 32 Khune, 2 Mphahlele, 3 Mathoho, 4 Cardoso, 36 Ntiya-Ntiya (27 Ekstein 86’), 31 Katsande, 10 Ntshangase, 14 Tshabalala, 11 Billiat, 25 Parker, 8 Castro (17 Mahlasela 79’).
Subs: 16 Vries, 23 Molangoane, 17 Mahlasela, 9 Páez, 27 Ekstein, 30 Ngezana, 38 Meyiwa.
Bidvest Wits: 16 Keet, 3 Hlatshwayo, 15 Mkhwanazi, 6 Johannes, 13 Hlanti, 11 Hotto (2 Mere 83’), 8 Monare, 17 Alexander (5 Weidlich 89’), 37 Dzvukamanja, 24 Motupa (21 Domingo 61’), 28 Macuphu.
Subs: 1 Mhlongo, 2 Mere, 5 Weidlich, 7 Pelembe, 9 Murray, 19 Mzwakali, 21 Domingo.