Hearts Oak needed a late penalty call by referee Samuel Suker to beat their archrivals 1-0 at the Ohene Djan Sorts Stadium, Accra.
There was drama in the early stages of the game, as four of Hearts of Oak players fell to the ground like leaves, without any body contact- Malik Akowuah, Alex Kouassi, Inusah Musah and Samuel Akurugu.
Reports going round claim, the Phobians after consulting a spiritualists about the outcome of the game before kick off had been told that Asante Kotoko would score within six minutes after play had begun, so the only way to avoid that was to delay the game in the early stages.
The visitors on the other hand walked with their back to the field before play resumed due to superstition.
Asante Kotoko dominated play in the first half but couldn't find the back of the net.
Hearts managed to come into the game in the second half after introducing Patrick Razak and Cosmos Dauda and from then it was an end to end action.
The hosts, however, were awarded a contentious penalty by referee Samuel Sukah and Vincent Atingah scored from the resultant spot kick to win the day for the Accra giants. The goal generated slight chaos in the stadium, as Kotoko fans who argued the ball touched the Ahmed Adams back instead of his hand in the 18-yard box resorted to the throwing of water onto the field to show their displeasure, after the game.
Meanwhile, Hearts of Oak supporters who benefited from referee Samuel Suker's decision were pleased with the call, saying it was a genuine penalty.
It would be recalled that Accra Hearts of Oak allegedly ensured a tear gas was fired to enable their clash against Esperance de Tunis in the CAF Chamions League final in 2000 travelled beyond 5:00pm, because they had been informed they would lose should the game finish before 5:00pm.
Hearts of Oak survived a scare in the early minutes and in the end they fought back and won 3-1 to win 5-2 on aggregate against Esperance of Tunisia.