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Orlando Pirates beat Mamelodi Sundowns 3-2 in MTN8 first leg semi-final

Posted: 21 August 2011 Time: 16:55

A penalty in injury-time handed Orlando Pirates a 3-2 home win over Mamelodi Sundowns in the MTN8 semi-final, first leg.

Thulasizwe Mbuyane opened the scoring for Bucs in the 6th minute, but Katlego Mphela equalised with a penalty just 10 minutes later.

Musa Nyatama put Sundowns ahead on 19 minutes.

In the second half, Tlou Segolela had a goal disallowed for a dubious off-side decision, before equalising on 79 minutes.

Finally, Segolela was fouled by Surprise Moriri in the box in injury time, and Bongani Ndulula made no mistake with the resultant penalty.

Both teams came out all guns blazing from the first whistle.

The first goal was superbly set up by Benni McCarthy, who played a delicate defence splitting pass through to Mbuyane inside the box. 'Juju' divided two defenders with a touch before slipping the ball past Wayne Sandilands.

Sundowns hit back quickly, as after a great passing movement Lebohang Mokoena was pulled down mid-skill inside the box by Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi.

Mphela stepped up to the spot, but his shot was brilliantly saved by Moeneeb Josephs, diving high to his right. The ball was palmed back into Mphela's path, and he controlled before slotting it home.

Just four minutes later the Brazilians took the lead after a great counter-attack.

Elias Pelembe slipped down the left flank and sent in a point-perfect pass to Musa Nyatama, who finished off the move with a textbook volley to make it 2-1.

Pirates came within centimetres of equalising, when Ramahlwe Mphahlele tried to clear the ball on the edge of his own box, but saw his clearance rebound of Daine Klate and head towards goal.

Sandilands was out of position, and could only watch as the ball hit the crossbar.

In the second half the Brazilians seemed happy to sit back, while Pirates pushed forward in numbers.

Bucs' relentless pressure paid off when Segolela found the back of the net with a strong shot from just inside the 18-yard area that rattled the underside of the crossbar before going in.

In the second minute of added time Segolela was in the thick of the action again, winning Bucs a penalty after being brought down clumsily by Moriri.

Ndulula coolly stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 05:07 pm
OUR DAILLY BREAD
Anonymous
posted: 05:09 pm
lol,lol lol,isinkwa sethu sangemihla
Anonymous
posted: 05:09 pm
Ezimnyama ngenkani!we want chips in da final
Anonymous
posted: 05:10 pm
Up da bucs I knew we gna win this shit
Anonymous
posted: 05:12 pm
Yiyo le iBhakaniya... Dankie Pirates
Anonymous
posted: 05:13 pm
Chips s playing kak boring soka
Anonymous
posted: 05:14 pm
lyk i sad b4 n sum pirates fans sad it b4, moriri can not play dat role, honestly speaking he did tried hz best in da 1st half bt remember dis z cup game, u push 2da limit, i saw dat wth suprise bt he was bound 2 crack, alwaz suspect when defending, as it was evidence when manyisa up da gear in da 2nd stanza, i repeat, moriri wl not b useful in dat role. If dis was a league game, i dnt think dat modise n suprise wuld hav cum any closer 2 manyisa n jali, al da best bhakaniya.
champ nespray is a movie star look-alike coach
posted: 05:14 pm
can sumone tell me why segolelas first goal was disallowed?

where are the haters? eating a big yelo humble pie as usual

attack like artist, defend like warriors
Sweyts',)
posted: 05:14 pm
Our daily bread se moer! lol!

Just kiddin' K, Bucs never stopped running and played like the champs they are, well done ezimnyama you've won the battle even the drunk Gqubule could'nt stop you.

King, Motlokoa, Supernosi, tebotouch nabanye abangabalulekanga, Ngigcwele bafethu! Up the bucs!
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 05:14 pm
wow wat a game,u dont cum out the same from Orlando.I must comend the tactical awareness of our coach.

Up The Bucs
Anonymous
posted: 05:15 pm
Useless for the running from the likes of Mokoena and Pelembe...who's headless chicken between them and gautrain-Segolela?

In fact the score is 4-2...bear that in mind.
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 05:16 pm
Lekgwathi has proven dat he s not a cat A game playa,al the 2 goals were Lucky's fault.If we want 2 win the 2nd leg then Mahamutsa must cum in.

shaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaapa bhakaniya,sorry Sunchimps
Anonymous
posted: 05:17 pm
i admire sweyts man in this blog...man...it takes a wise person 2 accept a deafet.... In my eyes u were winner... N its not all done yet...!!! Bra...c u nxtweek!!!
Anonymous
posted: 05:17 pm
Yhoooooo... The two teams played lyk amateurs. Possesion given away time and away.all in all poor display of the game of soccer. I still believe Sunclons will meet the Mighty Chiefs in de final. They only nid to win 1-0 next week.
Anonymous
posted: 05:18 pm
I am a Bucs fan until Sunflops win against the mighty, invincible, titanic OPFC.
Anonymous
posted: 05:19 pm
Re bolaya fela bt twala is old guys...Haha ke motlokwa yo ke re pirates champion e a kgakgamola
Anonymous
posted: 05:20 pm
I think the man of the match is the referee(buyile), he was all over the field. The true score shud've been 4-2.this kind of referee's just make my blood boil. Anyway we've made against all odds. Bucs 4 sheezy.
Anonymous
posted: 05:20 pm
Actual score pirates 4 Sunclowns 2
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 05:20 pm
Poor Thoko Modise thot he was buyin time bt made things worse.I think the most hurt people r the chimps fans mo dan downs'
Anonymous
posted: 05:21 pm
Let us not compare today's thriller with yesterday's boring game. Sunflops were sure that they were to be the first to beat the trebble champs but character won the day for Bucs. What a game at the end of the day!
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