Bloemfontein Celtic came from two goals down to hold Kaizer Chiefs to a 2-2 draw in a 2020-21 DStv Premiership match at Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium on Saturday.
The result leaves Chiefs in ninth and Celtic in 11th spot on the league standings respectively.
Chiefs got off to the perfect start in the Free State province and hit the front just three minutes into the tie. Happy Mashiane has impressed for the Amakhosi this season and showcased his quality with a terrific free-kick goal. The midfielder thumped a left-footed shot past Jackson Mabokgwane and into the top corner of the net from an acute angle.
Brimming with confidence following the early goal, Chiefs doubled their lead in the 13th minute. Lebogang Manyama played a dangerous cross into the area and into the path of Erick Mathoho who got in front of Mabokgwane to head home from close range.
Siwelele finally found their rhythm and halved the deficit in the 22nd minute. Ndumiso Mabena combined well with Neo Maema with the latter showing great composure to finish with aplomb past Daniel Akpeyi, after bursting through the middle of Chiefs’ defensive line.
Celtic threatened to level matters before the halftime break as Victor Letsoalo hit the target with a powerful effort but Akpeyi made a good save.
Chiefs were forced into a double change at the break with both Akpeyi and Mathoho forced from the field with injury.
Bruce Bvuma took up the Nigerian shot-stoppers place in goal and could do little to stop Celtic from making it 2-2 in the 54th minute. The hosts were awarded a penalty after Siyabonga Ngezana bundled Tebogo Potsane over inside the area and Letsoalo made no mistake with a cool finish from the spot.
Both teams had a chance to grab a winner in the closing stages. First Daniel Cardoso sent his header attempt over the crossbar with the goal at his mercy before Sifiso Ngobeni forced Bvuma into a good save at the other end of the pitch.
But in the end, the two teams settled for a point apiece as both their top eight hopes took a further blow.
Bloemfontein Celtic (1) 2 (Maema 22′ Letsoalo 54′)
Kaizer Chiefs (2) 2 (Mashiane 3′ Mathoho 13′)
Bloemfontein Celtic: Mabokgwane; Ngobeni, Mahashe, Chabalala, Rikhotso (Ncobeni 90′), Baloyi, Kobedi (Potsane 46′), Phalane, Maema, Mabena, Letsoalo.
Kaizer Chiefs: Akpeyi (Bvuma 46′); Zulu, Cardoso, Mathoho (Frosler 46′), Ngezana, Baccus (Mphahlele 56′), Blom, Mashiane (Zuma 56′), Parker, Manyama, Nurkovic (Castro 81′).
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