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Premier Soccer League match report Sundowns 0-1 Pirates

Posted: 25 February 2014 Time: 18:43

Orlando Pirates ended a three-game winless streak in the League with a 1-0 defeat of Mamelodi Sundowns in Tshwane on Tuesday night.

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In an even contest, Man of the Match Khethokwakhe Masuku got the goal in the 37th minute from close range following good work from Helder Pelembe round the edge of the area.

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Both sides started the match cautiously but it was Sundowns who threatened first with Anthony Laffor shooting over the target in the 21st minute, while Rodney Ramagalela forced a finger-tip save from Senzo Meyiwa nine minutes later.

Pirates, though, struck shortly before the interval, as Masuku tapped the ball into an open net from close range following Pelembe's cross fromt he left.

Meyiwa then pulled off a great save in the first minute of added time to keep his side in the lead, diving to his right to parry a solid free-kick from Hlompho Kekana.

Pirates almost punished Sundowns from a counter-attack a minute later but Elias Pelembe made a last ditch tackle to dispossess Oupa Manyisa inside the box.

Downs coach Pitso Mosimane made a change at the break, bringing on Lebohang Mokoena in place of Laffor, and it was the substitute who saw his shot deflected just wide of the post in the 55th minute.

Pelembe should have extended his side’s advantage in the 70th minute when he was put through by Masuku, but he lost the ball forward while trying to dribble past Kennedy Mweene.

Sundowns threatened late in the game but Ramagalela’s low shot was turned around the post by Meyiwa in the 81st minute, while Thandani Ntshumayelo did well to clear Rashid Sumaila’s header off the line six minutes later.

The Brazilians, who recently won the reverse tie, remain in second place on the table with 34 points from 18 matches, while Pirates are up to sixth with 27 points from 16 matches.

Livefyre comments on this story...

AkwaAkaMatic
posted: 2014-02-25 16:51:50

 shapa khosijuju shapa

LuthandoCafuza
posted: 2014-02-25 16:53:20

Tjo I smell dunu fried here,dunu is egg york moss loll lmao

gotze
posted: 2014-02-25 16:53:47

Yeer twinkie is gn cost us dc game by starting with 1 striker. Ola khosijuju phekwabo bafana bam

nickyboi
posted: 2014-02-25 16:58:21

Thnx coach @ last Makola is starting as fr Pitso Mourinho Lidoda duvha cry madala!!

The Phefeni Boy®™
posted: 2014-02-25 16:58:47

Rise Bhakaniya Rise

JoBlack
posted: 2014-02-25 16:59:39

Mweene?

Thought someone told us he is suspended or something

slekithane
posted: 2014-02-25 17:00:03

M a bucz fan bt I wish sundowns can win dis game

Glamour4Life
posted: 2014-02-25 17:01:59

He's on 3 yellow cards

richmam
posted: 2014-02-25 17:03:50

lm khosi fan i wish pairat cn win

KaboYellow4lyf
posted: 2014-02-25 17:03:59

Ka BO Yellowwww baba we need a win Dawana

2fSech
posted: 2014-02-25 17:04:07

Khosination we need sundowns to win this one,will make league more interesting and will add to bucs woes

fytah_baboons_you_and_me
posted: 2014-02-25 17:04:09

Am nt convinced ma bhakaniya,nt enough fire power up there,no bite upfront

thando we khosi
posted: 2014-02-25 17:05:49

Wat a weak line up by ratz tjeeer ezinto will be sundunized by bafana be style

richmam
posted: 2014-02-25 17:05:50

wina pair rats €khosi

KingDingeling
posted: 2014-02-25 17:07:48

Masuku. .mxm this guy is useless. Hope vvv deliver frm this his foolish dancing

AMAXABA ASE IMBO
posted: 2014-02-25 17:08:34

Good luck boys

BUCSELONA
posted: 2014-02-25 17:11:25

If we win I wil b happy

If downs win I wil b very happy

If its a draw I wil b very very angry

Up The Bucs!!!

Fantastics Rhino
posted: 2014-02-25 17:12:27

Without Orlando Pirates These no Kaizer Chiefs! Vandag we are Khosijuju Nation NOMAKANJANI! Love & Peace Up the Bucs. 

VASRATE
posted: 2014-02-25 17:12:52

Another stronger squad from Sir Pitso

bucaneer 4 lyf
posted: 2014-02-25 17:14:02

I'm happy 4 Makola,he deserve the line up nd I hope Jele will assist Madala well at center back

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