MATCH CENTRE

TUE 15 MARCH 2016, 19:30, FNB STADIUM

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Cosmos move out of relegation zone with shock win

by BackPageTXT

Tue March 15, 21:41

Jomo Cosmos moved out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 win over Kaizer Chiefs in an Absa Premiership match at FNB Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

The win, courtesy of an 85th minute strike from Mxolisi Macuphu, sees Cosmos up to 14th place with 20 points, three points above 15th place University of Pretoria.

Chiefs, on the other hand, are in fourth place with 39 points after suffering their fourth consecutive loss in all competitions.

Cosmos put up an impressive defensive display in the opening half to keep a rampant Amakhosi at bay.

Chiefs dominated ball possession, but were unable to effectively penetrate the Cosmos defence.

Instead Chiefs were reduced to long range efforts on goal in the opening half, but none really threatened the visitors’ goal.

Amakhosi’s most significant chance of the half came in the 37th minute when Camaldine Abra met a left wing cross from William Twala, but defender Ndabenhle Mthembu was on hand to deflect his 12-yard effort inches wide.

Chiefs continued to press forward, but Cosmos held them at bay to go into the break all-square.

The same pattern continued in the second 45 with Chiefs on the attack, but the Cosmos defence remained stubborn and firm.

Erick Mathoho came close in the 49th minute, but his header at corner-kick went wide of the target.

Siphiwe Tshabalala nearly found the back of the net in the 78th minute, but his 24-yard free-kick went inches over the crossbar.

Mxolisi Macuphu then stunned Chief sin the 85th minute with a glorious 24-yard half volley that found the corner of the goal to hand Cosmos the surprise win, 1-0.

Kaizer Chiefs (0) 0
Jomo Cosmos (0) 1 (Macuphu 85’)

Teams

Chiefs: Khune, Moleko, Mathoho, Gordinho, Masilela, Bukenya, Baloyi (Maluleka 68’), Twala, Parker, Tshabalala, Abraw (Ekstein 58’).

Cosmos: Modiba, Nsabiyumva, Mthembu, Zulu, Machuphu, Mdamba (Mntambo 80’), Maluleke (Madolo 84’), S. Khumalo, Aka (Msomi 52’), Mngomezulu, Mhone.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH FNB STADIUM
KAIZER CHIEFS GOALS JOMO COSMOS GOALS
30. Mxolisi Macuphu (85')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 2
KAIZER CHIEFS STARTING LINEUP JOMO COSMOS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
32
Goalkeeper
0
Defender
3
Defender
67'
18
Defender
7
26
5
Defender
68'
35
Defender
33
Defender
24
Defender
48'
14
Midfielder
30
Midfielder
85'
30
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
16
Midfielder
72'
0
Midfielder
80'
6
Forward/Striker
25
Midfielder
65'
84'
86
Forward/Striker
58'
9
Forward/Striker
52'
27
SUBSTITUTIONS
Hendrick Ekstein
Midfielder
58'
27
Mthokozisi Msomi
Forward/Striker
52'
0
George Maluleka
Midfielder
68'
12
Linda Mntambo
Forward/Striker
80'
23
Conrad Madolo
Midfielder
84'
8
CARDS
Kgotso Moleko
Defender
67'
18
Sipho Mngomezulu
Defender
48'
14
William Thwala
Midfielder
72'
0
Wiseman Maluleke
Midfielder
65'
86
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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