Kaizer Chiefs ran out 3-2 winners against Orlando Pirates in an Absa Premiership Soweto derby at the iconic FNB Stadium this afternoon.
Daniel Cardoso scored the winner from the spot and helped Amakhosi to go 10 points clear on the PSL log.
Bucs fell behind when central defender and captain Ntsikelelo Nyauza scored an own goal (43 seconds). Nyauza misjudged Wayne Sandilands’ position and movement to head the ball into his own net after Leonardo Castro’s pressing.
It was soon 2-0 as Castro headed in an excellent George Maluleka corner. Castro hardly needed to make a special jump as he perfectly met the set-piece off Xola Mlambo’s shoulder (9 minutes).
The Buccaneers pulled one back with a Vincent Pule belter. Gabadinho Mhango had won a free kick after a challenge from Cardoso on the far right and a yard outside the box. Through the narrowest of angles, Pule smashed in a curling free-kick into the corner past a surprised Daniel Akpeyi (43 minutes).
The second half's first best chance fell for Pirates. Mhango dribbled around Yagan Sasman before a peachy cross with the outside foot to find Lorch in acres of space. The Bafana Bafana international headed the ball against the post rather than inside the net.
Next was arguably the best goal of the game. Mhango banged in a stunner for the memories. With the ball at his feet in front of Frosler, the Malawian attacker fainted going wide before cutting inside to rip a bullet-cum-curler into the far top corner.
Then it was time for some unwelcome drama. Eric Mathoho was caught in a little brawl. Mathoho charged with a violent push on Abel Mabaso and was shown his marching orders with a straight red card.
The match-decider came as Paseka Mako brought down Bernard Parker to gift Chiefs a late penalty. Cardoso stepped up and went for absolute power as the ball flew past Wayne Sandilands: 3-2 for Chiefs!
Pirates nearly struck an equalizer right at the death. Brilliat dribble and running from Mako laid a pass to an unmarked Tshegofatso Mabasa around the six yard box. The in-form striker rushed a weak attempted into Akpeyi's hands.
Ernst Middendorp’s Chiefs sealed the sixth-straight win to leave the second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns with 10 points behind.