MATCH CENTRE

SAT 14 MARCH 2015, 19:00, LOFTUS STADIUM

0
VS
1

Chiefs fail to use home advantage against Raja

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sat March 14, 21:19

A first-half goal by Nigerian-born striker Ighodaro Christian Osaguona gave Moroccan giants Raja Casablanca a hard-fought 1-0 win over Kaizer Chiefs in the CAF Champions League at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night.

The win means the Naturena side will have to go to Morocco and register a win at all costs in order for them to progress to the next round of the Champions League.

Although Amakhosi were the first side to probe for an opener when they moved forward, Siboniso Gaxa was caught offside from a good pass from the midfield. However, two minutes later, Casablanca found the net when the Nigerian forward, Ighodaro Christian Osaguona scored in the sixth minute.

Stuart Baxter’s men surged forward in search of an equaliser as Mandla Masango's shot was off target in the 12th minute, failing to trouble goalkeeper Khalid Askri.

Towards the half-hour mark, the hosts received four successive corners and Siphiwe Tshabalala took them, but goalkeeper Khalid Askri showed his class when he made a brilliant save, tipping the ball over the posts.

Chiefs went to the tunnel trailing the visitors by 1-0, upon their return Stuart Baxter’s men moved forward when Katlego Mphela came very close to scoring in the 67th minute but his header went wide from a great pass by Bernard Parker.

In the 84th minute substitute Siphelele Mthembu and Tshabalala found themselves onside, however, Mthembu's attempt was off target with only Askri to beat.

In the injury time, Amakhosi received a set-piece but Raja were on their toes to keep the South Africans at bay.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
QUALIFIERS ROUND 1 1ST LEG LOFTUS STADIUM
KAIZER CHIEFS GOALS RAJA CASABLANCA GOALS
33. Ighodaro Christian Osaguona (6')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 3
KAIZER CHIEFS STARTING LINEUP RAJA CASABLANCA STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
85'
1
Defender
5
Defender
20
Defender
23
Defender
61'
21
Defender
24
Defender
16
Midfielder
3
Midfielder
22
Midfielder
87'
11
6
Midfielder
64'
14
Midfielder
67'
6
Midfielder
31
Midfielder
24
Forward/Striker
74'
25
Forward/Striker
6'
80'
33
Forward/Striker
82'
7
Forward/Striker
25
SUBSTITUTIONS
Hendrick Ekstein
Midfielder
74'
27
Hamza Abourazzouk
Forward/Striker
80'
9
Siphelele Mthembu
Forward/Striker
82'
20
Walid Sebbar
Midfielder
87'
7
CARDS
Siphiwe Tshabalala
Midfielder
64'
14
Adil Karrouchi
Defender
61'
21
Mohammed Ali Bamaamar
Midfielder
67'
6
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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