MTN8: Chiefs beat Maritzburg in 8 goal thriller
Kaizer Chiefs beat Maritzburg United 5-3 in a spectacle befitting a quarterfinal at the FNB Stadium.
JOHANNESBURG - Defending champions Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg United put on a football spectacle befitting of a knockout competition with R8 million at stake, as the two teams registered 8 goals between them in their MTN 8 quarterfinal clash at the FNB Stadium.
Chiefs walked away the eventual winners, beating the Team of Choice 5-3 after 120 minutes of action, but not without a valiant battle from Maritzburg.
The KwaZulu-Natal side took a shocking 2-0 lead after the first 45 minutes through Kurt Leintjies and Thami Teyise, but the second half was a completely different story.
Chiefs hit back almost immediately through George Lebese, and just when coach Mandla Ncikazi's men were trying to gather their thoughts, the Glamour Boys struck again thanks to Bernard Parker.
Momentum took a major swing 20 minutes into the second stanza as Lebese pounced on a Siphiwe Tshabalala rebound shot to tap in his side's third and his second goal of the night.
Just when Chiefs fans thought that all was done and dusted within 90 minutes, Siyanda Xulu, who was making his official debut for the Amakhosi, headed the ball into the back of his own net after some terrible communication, to bring Maritzburg right back into the game.
After 90 minutes it ended 3-3 and forced the match to extra-time where the differentiation between men and boys showed.
Xulu redeemed himself for his earlier blunder and, in some style, put the home side back in front with a sublime effort, opening the sleuth gate for more trouble.
Hendrick Ekstein delivered the final blow after benefiting from some incredible interplay.
Chiefs have now joined Wits, Ajax and Bloem Celtic in the semifinals of the tournament.