San­tos robbed of draw

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

UGLY scenes marred the clash be­tween San­tos and Kaizer Chiefs in Port El­iz­a­beth last night.

Chiefs led through Reneilwe Let­sholonyane who scored in the 62nd minute. It was the first ever goal in the 2010 World Cup sta­dium.

San­tos, re­duced to ten men just three min­utes af­ter the goal, thought they had equalised in the fi­nal min­utes of the game when a header from striker Eleazar Rodgers squeezed be­tween a de­fender’s leg and crossed the goal line.

With five min­utes to go, sub­sti­tute Rodgers headed the ball over the line be­fore it was cleared by Tha­bang Rooi.

Ref­eree Harold Lekotane ini­tially looked to have pointed to the spot, but then bizarrely or­dered a drop-ball – much to San­tos’ dis­gust.

The fra­cas, which saw the ref­eree sur­rounded by a clutch of play­ers, held up play for sev­eral min­utes.

In an even first half, Chiefs had the first chance when Josta Dladla found space in­side the area, but his first touch was a poor one and al­lowed the de­fence to clear.

Let­sholonyane fired a shot straight at goal­keeper Tshepo Mot­soe­neng soon af­ter, be­fore Tyren Arendse dragged one wide at the other end.

The two sides were re­stricted to long-range ef­forts as the game re­mained goal­less at the break.

How­ever, on the hour mark, Chiefs had the lead.

A great ball from Knowl­edge Mu­sona played Abia Nale in on goal. His cross was only par­ried to the feet of Let­sholonyane, who calmly side­footed home.

Three min­utes later and San­tos’ po­si­tion was even worse – a red card for Nt­loana af­ter he had raked Nkosi­nathi Nh­leko.

Else­where, AmaZulu came from a goal down against Wits to win 2-1 at Milpark Sta­dium.

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