Santos robbed of draw
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.