A sending off, a missed penalty, five goals and a suspected broken nose - Maritzburg United's first win in the PSL had all the ingredients of a drama.
The PSL rookies outsmarted the wasteful Amakhosi, beating them 3-2 at Chatsworth Stadium in Durban yesterday.
Chiefs opened the scoring in the sixth minute when Gert Schalkwyk brilliantly put Tshepo Bulu through and the youngster sidestepped his marker and rounded goalie Richard Gilstrap.
But inept finishing in the rest of the half contributed to Chiefs' second loss in as many league matches.
It does not bode well for their final MTN8 match against Mamelodi Sundowns this weekend.
Amakhosi's most glaring miss came from Valery Nahayo, who hit the crossbar from point blank range.
But Gordon Igesund's charges were not to be intimidated, and were justly rewarded when Sipho Mngomezulu levelled the score on the stroke of half time.
Two minutes into the second half Brice Aka, with Nahayo watching meekly, put United in front to the dismay of coach Muhsin Ertugral.
Chiefs equalised through Jonathan Quartey's free kick in the 73rd minute after Bulu was stretchered off following a cynical elbowing from Gary Goldstone.
United's third goal was scored by Fadlu Davids. The drama was concluded as Igesund got his marching orders in injury time.
l Thanda Royal Zulu won their second fixture in a row yesterday, recording a 2-1 win over Bloemfontein Celtic at Mpumalanga Stadium.
Man-of-the moment Bernard Parker found the net twice for the hosts in the 64th and 74th minutes when the game looked like it was heading for a goalless draw.
Celtic managed to score a consolation goal through Godfrey Serunkuma in the 85th minute. - Sowetan Reporters