FC Platinum blew a chance to move to the top of the table after losing 1-0 to Bulawayo Chiefs at Mandava Stadium on Saturday.
The Platinum Boys dominated possession throughout the game, but the result went against them following a second-half strike from Arthur Musiyiwa.
The hosts took the game to Chiefs in the opening minutes but could not get beyond to create any threatening goalscoring opportunity.
Keeper Petros Mhari, instead, was the one who made the first save of the game at the 18th-minute mark to deny Desire Shumbanhete. Chiefs came back again on the stroke of half-time with Shadreck Nyahwa, but the defender missed the target unmarked.
FC Platinum continued to dominate possession, but the case remained the same in front of the goal.
Chiefs finally eased the pressure with a goal on the 71st minute after Shumbanhete’s cross was connected by Musiyiwa. They followed up with a great opportunity eight minutes later, but Hugh Chikosa missed the chance with only the keeper to beat.
FC Platinum tried to respond with a couple of raids only to end in vain as it finished 1-0 in favour of Chiefs.
Elsewhere, Ngezi Platinum Stars edged out Manica Diamonds 1-0 at Baobab Stadium, thanks to a second-half goal from Qadr Amini. Herentals and Harare City played out to a dull goalless draw in the capital.
FC Platinum 0-1 Bulawayo Chiefs
Ngezi Platinum 1-0 Manica Diamonds
Herentals 0-0 Harare City