Tuesday Mar 16, 2021. 21:11
Kaizer Chiefs were held to a 0-0 draw by Petro de Luanda (Petro Atletico) in a Group C 2020-21 Caf Champions League match at Estádio 11 de Novembro on Tuesday.
Both teams struggled to get going in the Angolan capital, but despite the stalemate, Chiefs remain within reach of the knockout stages. The result moves the South African giants level on five points with Horoya who were held to a goalless draw by already qualified Wydad Casablanca in Conakry at the same time.
Set-pieces seemed the most likely source of a goal attempt in the early exchanges with neither Daniel Akpeyi nor Signori Antonio really tested from open play.
Petro came close to breaking the deadlock on the cusp of half-time as Tiago Azulão broke free of his marker at the back post, but the Brazilian could only succeed in guiding his attempt into the side-netting.
Following a rather uneventful first half the game threatened to burst into life after the break, despite a slow start, as Chiefs grew in confidence.
Lebogang Manyama came close to finally breaking the deadlock in the 63rd minute with a powerful free-kick, but his attempt fizzed inches wide of goal.
He came even closer seven minutes later after rounding Antonio following an inch-perfect pass from Samir Nurkovic, but Diógenes was alert to the danger and headed Manyama’s effort over the crossbar with his goalkeeper beaten.
Os Tricolores finally conjured a chance of their own soon after and Philani Zulu pulled off a superb last ditch tackle to deny Yano a clear shot at goal.
The best chances continued to fall at the Amakhosi’s feet and in stoppage-time a long throw-in created an opportunity for the visitors – albeit a low percentage one – through Mathoho who pulled his bicycle-kick attempt wide of goal.
In the end, neither team were able to find the decisive goal as they ultimately had to settle for a share of the spoils in Luanda.
Petro de Luanda (0) 0
Kaizer Chiefs (0) 0
Petro de Luanda: Signori Antonio; Ito, Diogenes, Jose-Junior Matuwila, Danilson, Francisco, Job, Dany, Picas (Miguel 78′), Dos Santos (Lisandro 77′), Tiago Azulao (Yano 83′).
Kaizer Chiefs: Akpeyi; Mphahlele (Cardoso 82′), Mathoho, Ngezana, Mashiane (Nurkovic 67′), Blom, Manyama, Baccus (Frosler 86′), Zulu, Parker, Kambole (Ngcobo 86′).