Kaizer chiefs secure a 2-1 win over Baroka FC and move to third on the Absa Premiership standings.

Baroka were out the starting blocks from the word go, giving the Soweto giants little breathing space to get into the game.

They provided an early scare when Robin Ngalande got behind Eric Mathoho to produce an acrobatic save from Itumeleng Khune after 11 minutes.

Steve Komphela’s charges were battling to get into the game towards the half and hour mark which resulted in large amounts of possession that went uncounted.

The home side continued to pile the pressure, forcing the visitors to concede countless of corner kicks the duration of the first half.

They nearly profit from one of them, but captain Olaleng Shaku failed to connect properly to head the ball on target.

They made amends on the half and hour mark when Lucky Nguzana tapped in after Talent Chawapiwa’s shot came off the post, leaving Khune stranded.

George Maluleka, who scored the in the first round fixture between these two sides, tried to get on the score-sheet again but he shot tamely at Virgil Vries.

Ryan Moon came close with a header 10 minutes before the break, but it went wide of goal following Maluleka’s delivery.

Chiefs drew level a minute into the second half through head of Moon who in similar fashion to his first made no mistakes this time following Siphiwe Tshabalala’s delivery.

Bakgaga looked to regain the lead and made two changes in Richard Matloga and Gift Motupa, and Nguzana were looking for his second after he intercepted from Mathoho but shot straight at Khune.

The Amakhosi were looking to take the lead for the first time in the match, but battled to get shots on goal despite the best efforts of Gustavo Paez and Maluleka.

New signing Leonardo Castro got a standing ovation as he was introduced in the 68th minute. However, the Amakhosi were dealt a blow when Molangoane got his marching orders for an off the ball incident.

After a few attempts on goal, Castro finally introduced himself to the Amakhosi faithful with a first time finish inside the box seven minutes before full time.

The win is the Amakhosi’s very first against the Limpopo side, who got the better of them in the first round clash.

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