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PSL Absa Premiership match report: Orlando Pirates 1-1 Mamelodi Sundowns

Posted: 10 December 2014 Time: 21:49

Orlando Pirates brought their two-game losing streak in the Absa Premiership to a halt with a 1-1 draw against Mamelodi Sundowns at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Buccaneers came into the game off the back of losses to Maritzburg United and Kaizer Chiefs, but earned a point after coming from behind against the Brazilians, and could probably consider themselves unlucky not to have won.
 
The first half started with a bang following Sundowns’ opening goal in the fifth minute.
 
Some great work down the right flank by Themba Zwane saw him beating two defenders before squaring as Cuthbert Malajila helped the ball on to Khama Billiat to tap home from only a yard out, 1-0.
 
Pirates' night appeared to get worse in the 22nd minute when Daine Klate had to leave the field injured and was replaced by Thabo Rakhale.
 
The Buccaneers, though, did not let that upset their fightback and they should have restored parity in the 26th minute when Sifiso Myeni played Kermit Erasmus into space, but he failed to beat the keeper from close range.
 
Six minutes later and Pirates did find the equalising goal when Lennox Bacela turned home a Siyabonga Sangweni cutback following a corner-kick, 1-1.
 
Sundowns, though, had the last say of the half when Teko Modise played Billiat through on goal, but he fired wide with just the keeper to beat in the 45th minute.
 
The second half saw the Buccaneers take firm control of the game as Sundowns offered very little in attack.
 
In the 58th minute Bacela came agonisingly close to finding his second goal on the night when his header from eight yards out from an Oupa Manyisa cross struck Mweene and then the woodwork.
 
In the 73rd minute Erasmus wasted another glorious chance when he was slipped through on goal, but again Mweene denied him in a one-on-one situation.
 
Mweene, though, was at fault for Pirates’ next chance on goal in the 79th minute when his poor clearance was picked up and fed to Lehlohonolo Majoro, but he also failed to beat the Sundowns keeper, who did well to recover and block his attempt.
 
In the end the spoils were shared and the draw sees Sundowns drop to third place on the log following Bidvest Wits' 4-2 win over Ajax Cape Town, while the Buccaneers remain in ninth place.

HOME: Orlando Pirates

Coach: Eric Tinkler
Formation: four four two

AWAY: Mamelodi Sundowns

Coach: Pitso Mosimane
Formation: four two three one

Livefyre comments on this story...

The Best Rhino
posted: 2014-12-10 19:56:44

Orlando Pirates is Nine in the Log. Kuzonyiwa eOrlando This Season. Love & Peace. 

Oddz86Khosi
posted: 2014-12-10 19:57:39

now pirates faithfools must get to cheering for Dunu they done for the season...

bucaneer 4 lyf
posted: 2014-12-10 19:58:45

Much better peformance 4rm the boys

BelindaM
posted: 2014-12-10 20:00:21

Great result for us. Thanx rats and dunudunu

? Chief Tsonga ?
posted: 2014-12-10 20:01:45

There is still hope for this bucs team

bucaneer 4 lyf
posted: 2014-12-10 20:01:50

We created chances bcz we started with 2 strikers,happy with Sarr nd Rakhale

samuelP
posted: 2014-12-10 20:02:47

The boys played better Tinkler please give Gabuza and Pelembe a chance

Top8 is 4 Nincompoops!
posted: 2014-12-10 20:03:12

Rakhale must assert himself more, when he touched the ball he got the team going but he hid most of the time. Avail yourself mfana, that's how Sense Lekoane used to skin teams. I see jersey #25 will get its deserved justice after all

SirAshwinParker_Friend of Mayweather
posted: 2014-12-10 20:03:13

Two ''big teams'' struggling to reach 20 and 30 points respectively after playing 14 games a piece. 


The battle for second position is heating up

SirAshwinParker_Friend of Mayweather
posted: 2014-12-10 20:05:20

El Busnhero - Mr Suave I agree with you juju, this boy expressed himself this evening, he made bucs tick

BelindaM
posted: 2014-12-10 20:05:23

Pitso is tactically inferior. Billiat and Zwane were a thorn in rats defence, all he needed to do was to install a striker and open wing play. PiErats can't cope with balls thrown in their defence, instead his changes benefited piErats

Kermit and Nkatha are lovers

KiloEcho
posted: 2014-12-10 20:07:40

✌ Chief Tsonga ✌ yeah they can hope for top 8

abtshabalala22
posted: 2014-12-10 20:09:14

@ last tinkler heard our cry,two strikers that system will work for us. I am impressed by Myeni's perfomance

KiloEcho
posted: 2014-12-10 20:09:46

it must be nice at second place, these teams keep changing around with the position

Veza'ndlebe (Misunderstood Blogger)
posted: 2014-12-10 20:10:03

That dunudunu team is full of talent. Zungu is far better than Furman

VanPercyFFL
posted: 2014-12-10 20:10:58

And some dunu fan this morning told us the wheels are coming off as if he was guaranteed maximum from bucs.

Thank Pirates for putting those 8fans to their holes bayaphapha noCoach wabo. Nxa

Once sundown catch fire once sundowns catch fire, Kuphi khona?

#FFL

KiloEcho
posted: 2014-12-10 20:12:20

VanPercyFFL once they catch fire they burn to bones

BG2
posted: 2014-12-10 20:13:06

I'm very happy with the number of opportunities created, that's what we want to see from a big club like Pirates, Sundowns were just lucky.

abtshabalala22
posted: 2014-12-10 20:14:38

To be honest for the past two games Ace was not on the game,quiet and hiding. But impressed by hard working Sarr

football lover
posted: 2014-12-10 20:16:23

Waitng for sundowns' 10 wins in a row. You know moss evrything repeats itself in their world( remember what happened last season. Its still early etc)

Closing the gap my foot.

Teko must come out tell us his thoughts.

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