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Orlando Pirates vs Kaizer Chiefs MTN8 semifinal second leg

Posted: 24 September 2013 Time: 14:21

Lennox Bacela’s second-half penalty was enough to earn Orlando Pirates a 1-1 draw in their second MTN8 semifinal against Kaizer Chiefs at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday afternoon, and a 2-1 aggregate win to see them through to the Final.

Bernard Parker had scored in the first half to give Amakhosi hope, but Morgan Gould’s moment of indiscretion and a last-second miss from substitute Lehlohonolo Majoro meant the Buccaneers were the ones to advance to Saturday’s decider in Durban.

It was a lively and feisty opening without either team creating any clear-cut chances.

Happy Jele did well to take a Siyabonga Nkosi cross off Parker’s head, while the midfielder also shot over the bar from a tight angle after dispossessing Lehlohonolo Maselesa when a cross to Knowledge Musona would have been a better option.

On 12 minutes a Siphiwe Tshabalala corner caused problems in the Pirates defence – a sign of things to come – when Jele cleared Willard Katsande’s toe-poke over the bar, before Musona rifled a shot in which Senzo Meyiwa parried to safety.

The Buccaneers’ first real chances came a minute later when Kermit Erasmus ran at the defence and unleashed a shot which flew inches wide of Itumeleng Khune’s right-hand upright.

Daine Klate got away with only a yellow card on 16 minutes for an over-the-ball challenge on Tshabalala as referee Daniel Bennett had his hands full with some overzealous tackles.

Erasmus was proving a handful playing just behind Bacela, running at the defenders and dragging them out of position. Once such run saw him go around Morgan Gould, but his effort to find a teammate was a poor one.

The former SuperSport United striker had an even better chance on 28 minutes when Klate’s cross found him in front of his marker, but his header went high and wide.

Chiefs started gaining the upper-hand as the half drew to a close, with Musona in particular causing headaches. One of his shots was blocked for a corner by Rooi Mahamutsa, and from the resultant set-piece the opening goal came.

Again Pirates failed to deal with Tshabalala’s corner-kick, allowing Tefu Mashamaite a free header which Meyiwa could only block to Parker, who swept home from close range.

There were two more chances just before the break as first Musona mis-directed a header from Nkosi’s cross, before Erasmus saw his goalbound shot blocked.

Sifiso Myeni replaced Tlou Segolela at the start of the second half and immediately caused problems. His clever through-ball found Erasmus, but once again Mashamaite came up trumps with the block.

Musona then had a thunderous free-kick saved by Meyiwa before Bucs had their best chance. A corner found Sangweni at the far-post and he headed back into the danger area, where Lehlohonolo Maselesa saw his header crash off the crossbar.

The tension was building as Pirates continued to press, with Chiefs’ three front men – Parker, Nkhatha and Musona – all getting yellow carded in the space of three minutes!

Mashamaite was again on hand to block a goalbound Bacela shot on 73 minutes, but just a minute later and the big call of the game – Gould penalised for a tug on Mahamutsa’s jersey from a corner, and Bacela converting from the spot.

Now leading 2-1 on aggregate, the home side opted to protect their lead, bringing on the defensive-minded Manti Moholo for Erasmus and sitting back to soak up the attacking pressure.

The tactic almost backfired as Reneilwe Letsholonyane had his trademark burst into the box and fired off a powerful shot, but Meyiwa was more than up to the task.

Chiefs continued to push and the cards continued to stack up – nine yellows – while Majoro missed a gilt-edge chance with the final kick of the game, but Stuart Baxter’s team just couldn’t get the second goal as Pirates hung on for the aggregate win to come out trumps on all fronts in a very testing eight days.

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Livefyre comments on this story...

Velibanti (Gone but not Forgotten)
posted: 2013-09-24 12:26:52

yah...abashe...the inclusion of Bonga will be the right tonic for us...Khosi 4 Sure

BIGEHL
posted: 2013-09-24 12:29:39

Lol, ya it's tough today, no madala in this game.

Velibanti (Gone but not Forgotten)
posted: 2013-09-24 12:30:51

BIGEHL bangacala kunaMusona boet...asidlali lana

Thyninho
posted: 2013-09-24 12:34:33

Let the game begins....!!!

BIGEHL
posted: 2013-09-24 12:36:54

Siyandlula khosi lethu

CkhoC
posted: 2013-09-24 12:37:12

These two squads are very tough... I foersee another thriller Derby... It's always a Marvel to watch these two sides... I'ts like watching a Final in each and every Derby that's being played... Im always blown away at the end of the game, regardless if BUcs wins or Chiefs wins... That's because they play with pride and joy... It's a big honer and previlage in playing in one of the bigest derbies in the world.... May the best 'club" win

Khosi 4 Life

BSG RIVI
posted: 2013-09-24 12:39:53

Guys please help me with a link where I can watch this game online, its not one to be missed, up de bucs!!!

mdumi#swazi*
posted: 2013-09-24 12:44:19

sowri chips, u gotta sacrifise Nkosi , i c the weekness b4 de game begins

MoraBucsKeikutlwa
posted: 2013-09-24 12:44:47

Eish raddarless bucs hey, RDS must ask Krol wht happened when Lekgwathi(Baresi) is left out, anyway goodluck!

MjoukesMthowakasi
posted: 2013-09-24 12:49:55

Ez'kamaghebula re emetse se setlang.... 

msxl86
posted: 2013-09-24 12:50:44

Happy that Ngoma is on the bench, I think he has a lot to offer.

Mthinayi Bugs Killer
posted: 2013-09-24 12:56:39

This game is not same as the first leg, This game is not as the league game, This game is not as Champion league, This game Amakhosi will treat it as last game in their lives.

Come the end of This game and see who will be celebrating. Let them cry Bafana Bok'thula Noxolo like always.

Three 3
posted: 2013-09-24 12:57:55

RDS you missed it by not including MATLABA, chiefs are scared Rabbits and the inclusion of Phungwayo is not going to make them scared you missed the plot there Rodger Matlaba would have them wet their pants.......otherwise Up the BUCS

Silver Line KBY
posted: 2013-09-24 13:03:15

Rats, you got a support from me. I'm expecting you to finish zebra 1-0. Ka bo yellow!

Back Page
posted: 2013-09-24 13:05:20

Ja nee? Bra Rodger and Bra Stuart you on your own see you after game then you will know how south african supporters are

ssiyaboga
posted: 2013-09-24 13:10:52

BSG RIVI log on to Dstv supersport and signup its free and watch the game bt sometimes they require your smart card number

Glamour Boy
posted: 2013-09-24 13:11:15

Disappointed with south African players, always shooting off the target.

monthusimon
posted: 2013-09-24 13:15:52

I feel for the loosing coach

Mthinayi Bugs Killer
posted: 2013-09-24 13:17:02

Shaba will win This game.

Silver Line KBY
posted: 2013-09-24 13:22:34

Why don't this Musona be given the red card? This person doesn't do this brutality behavior. He nearly rip off the lekgwati's nose in the 1st leg and now is repeating it to Klate. I'm Downs supporter but this is not on. This person needed to sunctioned.

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