Kaizer Chiefs 0-1 Platinum Stars: Dikwena into another Cup final

23 November 2013 8:21 PM

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Kaizer Chiefs 0-1 Platinum Stars: Dikwena into another Cup final

Platinum Stars have booked their spot in the final of the Telkom Knockout Cup with a 1-0 win over Kaizer Chiefs in match played at the FNB Stadium on Saturday night

Kaizer Chiefs were more energetic in the opening minutes of the game against Platinum Stars, and they should have at least scored two goals in the first 15 minutes. Don't Miss Q & A with Lucky Lekgwathi Dladla: Nobody wants to lose at home The first chance of the game fell to George Lebese in the 4th minute, after Siphiwe Tshabalala had played the ball behind the Stars defence, but Lebese’s first touch was disappointing. Keegan Ritchie surged forward in the 13th minute, and he met Lebese’s ball inside the visitors’ box before firing a low shot that Siyabonga Mpontshane blocked back to Ritchie, but Bernard Parker should have done better as he shot straight into the keeper’s hands. Dikwena tested Itumeleng Khune with the header in the 27th minute, but the Chiefs goalkeeper stretched his arms and made a fine save. Mpontshane pulled off a great save to deny Reneilwe Letsholonyane in the 36th minute after the Chiefs midfielder was played through by Lehlohonolo Majoro. Stars then put pressure on Chiefs, and it was Mpeta who nearly broke the deadlock with less than five minutes before the halftime, but Khune brilliantly parried over the bar. Parker was hit the crossbar with a 44th minute free-kick with Mpontshane beaten hands down, as AmaKhosi were looking for a goal before the halftime whistle. Chiefs started where they left off in the first half when Lebese’s thunder was blocked by Mpontshane in the 51st minute, and Parker’s shot from the rebound flew over the bar. However, Dikwena took the lead a few seconds later through Thabiso Semenya, who swept it home from Tintswalo Tshabalala’s corner although Ritchie should have easily cleared it away. Chiefs didn’t stop playing, and they should have levelled matters 10 minutes later when Lebese played a short cross to Majoro inside the box when he should have taken the shot. The PSL champions continued to knock on the Platinum Stars door until they won the free-kick in a promising area with less than 10 minutes remaining on the clock, but Musona’s efforts went over the bar. In the end, Semenya’s second half strike was enough to send them to the second major Cup final this season, and also setting up another final with Orlando Pirates.

Kaizer Chiefs were more energetic in the opening minutes of the game against Platinum Stars, and they should have at least scored two goals in the first 15 minutes.

The first chance of the game fell to George Lebese in the 4th minute, after Siphiwe Tshabalala had played the ball behind the Stars defence, but Lebese’s first touch was disappointing.

Keegan Ritchie surged forward in the 13th minute, and he met Lebese’s ball inside the visitors’ box before firing a low shot that Siyabonga Mpontshane blocked back to Ritchie, but Bernard Parker should have done better as he shot straight into the keeper’s hands.

Mpontshane pulled off a great save to deny Reneilwe Letsholonyane in the 36th minute after the Chiefs midfielder was played through by Lehlohonolo Majoro.

Stars then put pressure on Chiefs, and it was Mpeta who nearly broke the deadlock with less than five minutes before the halftime, but Khune brilliantly parried over the bar.

Source: goal.com

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