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Entertaining draw in Soweto Derby

Posted: 24 November 2007 Time: 14:43

Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs have played to an exciting 2-2 draw in the Soweto Derby played at the Absa Stadium in Durban on Saturday.

Scroll down to read our minute-by-minute match report from the Absa Stadium.

FULLTIME: And that's it, a great advert for South African soccer played in conditions that weren't easy for the players. A draw is perhaps a fair result, though both teams had excellent chances to win it.

92 mins: Chiefs are finishing the stronger as Khenyeza goes close, but his shot is defelected wide. Motaung Jnr then sees his header deflected wide also.

89 mins Chiefs skipper Nazama just fails to get his head to a corner kick. Great chance to win it. There will for four minutes of added time.

85 mins: The rain is driving onto the pitch now in a typical Durban downpour. Still both teams go in search of the winner. Gerald Sibeko recieves a YELLOW CARD for Chiefs.

81 mins: First YELLOW CARD of the game goes to substitute Mathebula.

80 mins: Segolela arrives at the back post after a lovelly cross from Chenene, but misses his kick altogether. Great chance.

75 mins: Motaung Jnr shoots over from the edge of the area. He had more time than he knew.

73 mins: Chiefs bring on David Mathebula for Shaun Bartlett.

71 mins: Chances are coming thick and fast at both ends. You wouldn't want to pick a winner here ...

69 mins: Tlou Segolela replaces Paulus Masehe for Pirates.

67 mins: Great chance for the hat-trick. Mokoena's excellent cross reaches Walaza with just a tap-in needed, but he somehow misses from four yards.

64 mins: It's an open game now as Meyiwa spills the ball, Obua heads it to an unmarked Khenyeza, whose shot is brilliantly saved by the keeper. From the corner, Obua rifles in a shot from 30-yards that Meyiwa turns round the post. Chiefs make a substitution - Kaizer Motaung Junior on for Thabo Mooki.

59 mins: GOAL! Mayhem in the Pirates defence as a throw-in from the left somehow reaches Arthur Zwane at the back post, who heads home unmarked. It was a bad goal for Pirates to concede, especially as they had looked so on top since going 2-1 up. 2-2

52 mins: GOAL! Walaza scores his second! Masehe is put through and Khune can only parry his shot into the path of Walaza, who has an easy tap-in to score. Pirates 2-1

50 mins:The rain is coming down hard again, which won't make it easy for the players. Modise almost scores when he finds space at the back post, but scoops his shot wide.

47 mins: What a chance! Bartlett is put clean through one-on-one with the goalkeeper but puts his low shot wide. That should have been a goal.

46 mins: David Obua replaced Siphiwe Tshabalala on the left for Chiefs as the second half gets underway.

HALFTIME: So we go in all-square at the break. Pirates shaded the first half, but both teams will be disappointed with their set-pieces, which have not been up to scratch. Still anybody's game though ...

44 mins: Approaching the end of the first half and it is still looking like Pirates are the most likely to score next, with Modise now running the show in midfield.

37 mins: It's all Pirates now as great work from Chenene leads to a foul. Modise swings in the free-kick, which is just cleared by the Chiefs defence.

34 mins: GOAL! Lebo Mokoena crosses for Walaza to score with a header from an unmarked position on the penalty spot. 1-1

28 mins: The game has settled down a bit in the last few minutes, but not before Itumeleng Khune saves a 30-yard screamer from Lucky Lekgwathi.

20 mins: It's end-to-end stuff as Khenyeza almost finds a pin-point cross for Shaun Bartlett, but the Pirates defence clears. Arthur Zwane then forces a save from young Senzo Meyiwa, while Innocent Mdledle and Walaza are causing all sorts of problems for the Chiefs defence.

15 mins This time Nzama is robbed and Teko Modise tries a shot from 40-yards when he had teammates pouring forward in support. It goes well wide. He needed to pick out a pass, not shoot.

11 mins: Cyril Nzama dwells on the ball dangerously and is almost robbed by Excellent Walaza, who would have been clear on goal. The defender manages to clear the danger, however.

3 mins: Bennett Chenene has a good run and shot from 25-yards that goes high over the crossbar.

1 min: GOAL! What a start. Mabhuti Khenyeza chests the ball, turns in the box and scores after just 20 seconds! Remarkable. 1-0 Chiefs.

15h28: The players arrive on the pitch and are meeting the dignitaries. Stand-by for kick-off!

15h22: The rain is pouring down now. Hopefully it won't spoil the game ...

15h16: The big screen has just shown Uefa president Michel Platini in the crowd looking very serious. Perhaps he is a Bucs fan and watched their strikers miss with just about every shot on goal in the warm-ups! Hopefully not an omen of things to come.

15h14: The Mexican Wave has started before the game has even kicked off! It all adds to the party atmosphere.

15h03: About 30 minutes to kick-off and the crowd continues to build for this sell-out game. The match officials having come out to do their warm-ups, including referee Ace Ncobo. How important will he be today? Hopefully we don't notice him at all.

14h48: The players have come out to warm-up and the crowd went dilly. It also signaled the start of the first few raindrops.

14h43: The wind has picked up and the clouds are looking darker overhead. Hopefully the rain stays away ...

14h20: The Pirates players have just walked onto the pitch in their suits looking very dapper. The reception they got from fans was incredible, especially when they started throwing mini balls into the stands.

14h15 (SA time): It’s an hour and 15 minutes until kick-off, but already the atmosphere in the stadium is electric, with music, singing and dancing. The crowd is building up steadily. Looks like we’re in for a cracker!

By Nick Said at the Absa Stadium, Durban

Some pre-game crowd shots from the Absa Stadium in Durban

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 06:12 pm
Pirates played well. Chiefs missed clear chances. If Tinashe was playing, Teko was not goinp 2 shine. As 4 Nzama and Fabian, least said the better
posted: 06:25 pm
Thus was an entertaining game, but I think Mushini must not play McCarthy and Nzama anymore, otherwise I forsee a disaster in the finals against Sundowns. Unless if there is any one who disgree with me. Anyway well done makhosi,Remember a boat is sinking slowly but it is sinking.
posted: 06:30 pm
Chief was nowhere until piarates gave them that lucky second goal. But this match was not good. If we are saying that this is the best we can offer,then i think we must think again
posted: 07:29 pm
what a scilinating match though watch it @work i'll watch again in the is about goals on the day 4goals were scored...therefore it was good advert for soccer on the day...
posted: 07:29 pm
posted: 07:30 pm
posted: 07:53 pm
What a game, Pirates survive. Lindo saved them in the middle, Nzama had a bad game, but McCarthy was brilliant with the rest of the guys. Now sunduwns is scared...khosi for life
posted: 08:58 pm
We need a Modise, Nkosi or Vilakazi type of
a player. Pls Nzama must be rested on the 1st.
posted: 09:04 pm
Chiefs didn't have a good game at all. They could not string 4 passes. The only time they managed to play was when Obua and Motaung were introduced. Please Coach swallow your pride and admit that we need a play maker in mould of Nkosi. Teko is a good reference.
posted: 09:09 pm
Nzama should be ashamed of himself. He was supposed to lead by example, but instead he was the worst player of all the two teams.
posted: 07:37 am
I think now chiefs need Scara Ngobese in order to play that exciting football that we used to watch,cause our opponets have more time to play in the middle than us,they have no player to moniter for the whole game,and that will give other players more chances.
posted: 07:40 am
pirates needs a strong defence 4 it 2 be rigid.
posted: 08:26 am
Wow, guys what a game and goals!! But I`m very dissappointed about the final score. After Chiefs scored that first goal, I thought they would kill them before they realise that they are in good game. Some of Chiefs players seemed like not in the game. The final score was not good reflection of the game. Anyway, hat off to Bakkajuju by giving us a chance to come back in the game to score a second goal. To Khosi; A ship is sinking!!
posted: 09:19 am
With the absence of Tinashe Pirates was able to reach the Chiefs defence quickly thus too mistakes at the back. There was no link between the midfield and strikers. Wing players were not penetrative, a thing which is evident in Chiefs games of late. I still have to see a winger who will be brave enough to take opponents players on. No doubt, Chiefs need a playmakers. Modise illustrated that point. There is a problem with the technical staff.
posted: 11:14 am
What is good about this derby is that the strikers from both teams scored goals, which shows that in 2010 we wont have a goal dry games. All their first goals from both sides were brilliantly taken and the world took note of that. Pirates showed the world that they were the strongest team of the day by coming from 1goal down to 1goal ahead, which was one of the difficult things for Bucs if you check their record.
Watch the space for the HAPPY PEOPLE....
posted: 12:26 pm
What a good advert for our football and the country as a whole! Well done Mzansi, especially to the Durbanites. The Londoners (UK friends) really enjoyed watching this game as they thought we are not up to scratch.
posted: 04:14 pm
what a let off for bucs,escaped due to the inability of our strikers to shoot time they wont be as lucky
posted: 04:32 pm
the match i watched had B Chenene crossing for Slender's equalising goal; what were you watching?
posted: 06:02 pm
the game was so good for the country 2 advertise it brand of football to the world. I think chiefs were unlucky to have not win that game. eurtugral costs chiefs three points.
Tlangelani mboweni ka Maphophe
posted: 09:47 pm
bad game 4 Nzama, n i believe dat if Nengomashe was there, he was goin' 2 stablize 2 middlefield, but aftr all what a derby, xciting n gud advertisement of SA soccer,
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