Gustavo Paez of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates
Wednesday Sep 20, 2017. 21:50
Gustavo Páez bagged a brace as Kaizer Chiefs moved to fourth place on the Absa Premiership log standings in aftermath of a 2-0 win over Maritzburg United at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Wednesday evening.
At a venue were they have found the going tough in the past eight years, the Amakhosi showed grit and determination with Itumeleng Khune particularly spectacular once more.
The Bafana Bafana goalkeeper winning his third man-of-the-match accolade in succession for his role in keeping a motivated Team of Choice outfit at arms length.
The game was an action packed affair, with Maritzburg showing their visitors no respect from the onset.
Páez, though, would open the scoring for the Soweto giants - pouncing on a loose ball inside the area after Richard Ofori had denied Bhongolwethu Jayiya in the 14th minute.
This would spark Maritzburg into life with the hosts dominating the rest of the half to no avail, with Khune and his defence resolute.
0-0 at the break.
Maritzburg resumed their assault on Khune's goal following the interval, but it would be Chiefs to double their lead on the hour mark. Páez quickest to react after Maritzburg failed to clear their lines from a corner-kick.
The hosts continued to pour forward in numbers, and were rewarded for their persistence in the 89th minute with a penalty-kick. Khune, though, would not be beaten as he denied Evans Rusike from 12 yards.
As a result, Chiefs leapfrog Maritzburg who slip to fifth after seeing their unbeaten run come to an end.
Maritzburg United (0) 0
Kaizer Chiefs (0) 2 (Páez 14' 60')
Maritzburg United: Ofori; Xulu, Fransman, Sanoka (Makaringe 46'), Weidlich (Mokate 79') - Shandu, Mekoa , Maboe, Atouba - Fillecia (Van Wyk 78'), Rusike
Kaizer Chiefs: Khune; Moleko, Gordinho, Cardoso, Zulu - Katsande, Malope (Ekstein 71'), Meyiwa (Mathoho 67') - Jayiya (Parker 80'), Tshabalala, Páez