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Orlando Pirates and Tottenham Hotspur draw

Posted: 19 July 2011 Time: 22:10

Tottenham Hotspur failed to win their second 2011 Vodacom Challenge match after being held to a 1-1 draw by Orlando Pirates at Mbombela Stadium on Tuesday night.

Rafael van der Vaart had given Spurs the lead with a free-kick, but Happy Jele’s super strike earned Bucs a share of the spoils.

But for the last five minutes, Spurs were all over Pirates in the first half, with Gareth Bale the main destroyer down the left flank.

It was the Welshman who came closest to opening the scoring in the first half – getting past two challenges before firing a volley over the bar.

Bucs were keeping possession, but hardly penetrating and resorted to long-range shots from Daine Klate and Isaac Chansa which failed to test Brad Friedel.

Spurs took a deserved lead on 17 minutes – Rafael van der Vaart curling a sublime free-kick into the corner after Ruben Cloete had fouled David Bentley.

Bongani Ndulula came close with a near-post header from Jele’s cross, before Bale again weaved his magic – surging down the left and putting in a cross which just eluded Jermain Defoe.

Bale forced Meyiwa into a smart save from a free-kick before Pirates equalised somewhat against the run of play on 40 minutes – his thunderbolt from the right of the area catching Friedel by surprise and flying into the top corner.

With their tails up, Bucs went in search of another goal and almost found it a few times – Segolela shooting straight at the goalie; Ndulula’s flicked header going just wide; and Daine Klate’s finish being ruled out for offside on the stroke of half-time.

Predictably, there were a spate of changes at the break, but Bale was still on nearly gave Spurs the lead again – his surging run down the left finding Aaron Lennon unmarked in the area, but the Englishman’s strike was poor.

Spurs came even closer on the hour-mark as Robbie Keane played in Niko Kranjcar, who cleverly chipped the advancing Senzo Meyiwa, but debutant Siyabonga Sangweni was back to clear off the line.

But like in the first half, Pirates finished the stronger of the two sides. Substitute Mark Mayambela flashed a shot wide, and it took an excellent last-ditch tackle from Michael Dawson to prevent Oupa Manyisa from scoring with 10 minutes to go.

Bucs turned on the skills and tricks in the last few minutes, but could not find that elusive winning goal.

Teams:

Orlando Pirates: Senzo Meyiwa, Happy Jele (Njabulo Ntusi 63’), Lucky Lekgwathi (Robyn Johannes 63’), Rooi Mahamutsa (Siyabonga Sangweni 46’), Reuben Cloete, Andile Jali (Clifford Ngobeni 63’), Oupa Manyisa, Isaac Chansa (Mark Mayambela 46’), Tlou Segolela (Rudolf Bester 78’), Bongane Ndulula (Ndumiso Mabena 75’), Daine Klate (Sameehg Doutie 46’)

Tottenham: Brad Friedel, Kyle Naughton (Kyle Walker 46’), Younes Kaboul (Michael Dawson 46’), Bongani Khumalo, Danny Rose, David Bentley (Aaron Lennon 46’), Luka Modric (Niko Kranjcar 58’), Wilson Palacios (Vedran Corluka 46’), Gareth Bale (Jermaine Jenas 58’), Rafael van der Vaart (Robbie Keane 46’), Jermain Defoe (Roman Pavlyuchenko 46’)

Ryan Cooper

Previous comments on this story...

The General - Soccer Dude
posted: 12:45 am
SPURS DIDN'T CHOOSE TO PLAY THEY WAY THEY DID. THEY WERE JUST OUTPLAYED BY A GREAT TEAM. HOW CAN YOU EXPECT THEM TO PLAY IF THEY COULD HOLD ON TO THE BALL.... I'M SURE SOME OF YOU YOLLOW ZEBRAS WERE TAKING NOTES ON HOW TO KEEP POSSESSION AND REVIVE SA STYLE OF FOOTBALL. UHM!!! I REALLY ENJOYED MYSELF... THE CHAMPS ARE COMING... THURSDAY IS JUST HERE. AND WE PLAYED A STRONG SPURS TEAM THAT YOU'LL SEE PLAYING IN THE EPL AGAINST MAN U AND CHELSEA. UP THE BUCS TILL THE LOSE ZEBRAS ARE RECAPTURED TO THE FOREST
InterSam aka Nkope
posted: 12:46 am
Zebra Force won't have good sleep after what happened they thought it will be walk over. You are Next Zebra FC.
Anonymous
posted: 12:47 am
i was pleased wit their display bt we need 2 score goals and dat is wht pirates lack at da moment.we need a finisher 2 complement our wonderful style of football.
Anonymous
posted: 12:52 am
Our new style of play= 1 touch 2 many. We need to penetrate more! Funeral plan wld run out of cash come thursday when we kill zebras.
Anonymous
posted: 12:54 am
I'm a Bucs fan but I can't say I was impressed with tonight match. Our players gave 1OO% while Spurs just went thru their paces. Those who watch EPL know wat Spurs are capable of. I'm starting to think this kind of games sre useless becos they can only give yo playas a false sense of being gud yet again they failed to embarrassed a team that neva showed up indeed.
lomsito
posted: 12:57 am
Honestly Pirates is a forced to be reckoned, I so wish my Team was gonna play them ASAP...anyway let me complement their style and quality....Amasandawana ayeza
Anonymous
posted: 12:58 am
I was plsd with the way pirates playd 2dy i enjoyd the game n dy pld entrtaining ftbl
Anonymous
posted: 12:58 am
I'm not happy with Mark Mayambela,this boy belong to strat football.fellow mabhakaniya may love him,but truth is he won't take us anywhere with his poor & untimely tricks.
He must think of the team before himself.our players must also realise the importance of playing with hunger to achieve more,they could not play to Ndulula strength & you could see that they frustrated him & if they can't wake up now,they will destroy the boy's talent.nevertheless we play beautiful football.
Anonymous
posted: 12:59 am
When we talk abt SA's Football...Orlando pirates didn't play soccer but They played with soccer,lol umsaba ungamazi u mayambela.....Well done bucs.and lona bamelomo emeholo,thursday is coming and u will be taught how to play with the ball...how i so wish Teko,Cheeseboy and Makhanya were still @bucs...bana babaloyi letloshwa.
Anonymous
posted: 01:00 am
some people comment like they dont know football. Results arent key in preseason except in derby games
Anonymous
posted: 01:00 am
Pirates deserve a win bt de linesman denied.i dnt undrstnd y klate was ofside
Anonymous
posted: 01:06 am
Wen jele says he aimed 2sko in zis gaym da zebras ran all over him n zey busy comenting "no it wmt hppn"
Anonymous
posted: 01:06 am
Gud job bhakaniya. One thing left now. Lets all (together with you pirate) now hold hands together and watch the African heroes do it on the final. KHOSI 4LIFE
Anonymous
posted: 01:10 am
Well played Bucs. Oupa "Ace" Manyisa - what a player!!!! Why he is overlooked by the national team coaches baffles me. In my opinion he is by far better than more than half the current Bafana Bafana midfielders. I'm not inviting insults, I said in my opinion.
KHOSI4LIFE 4EVER&EVER
Mgugudi: The Treble Addict
posted: 01:18 am
Spurs was quite aggressive & purposeful unlike in their first game against Chiefs where both teams were rusty. They will be dangerous when we face them again on Saturday.

What we wanted to see today was the approach to the way we play & how the new players adapt. From what I saw I am happy with how the new guy have adapted. Jali & Manyisa controlled the game & dominated the Spurs middle fielders. Jele gets better with every game & he kept his promise of scoring which shamed the opposition on this site that took him for a joke when he said that.

But I am disappointed with SABC commentators,

1. They criticize Pirates for playing a passing game. I wonder whether they wanted a skop & donner that always keep a team under pressure. From their lack of tactical & technical acumen, they did not realize that it was meant to tire Spurs who were physically faster, fitter after they have had their 1st competitive preseason game against KC. Had we not controlled the game with our passing, Pirates would have been buried alive.

2. They did not show the Pirates highlights or goal during the 1st half analysis. Only they could come up with was how Spurs scored their goal against blameworthy Pirates.

3. After the game, they couldn’t even analyze the game from a Pirates / SA perspective let alone telling us how Pirates played.

4. They subconsciously incite Pirates supporters to hate the way we play as they did when Papic was the coach.

5. Kekana & crew could not hide their disappointment when we expected to give analysis of the game. They just limped from a thousand mumbled words to another without understanding what they say.

6. They couldn’t even interview the Spurs' coach to get his analysis of the game.
thinkb4uwrite
posted: 01:26 am
I think Pirates must loan Phenyo Mongala. Why is such a brilliant player kept on the bench all the time. Please give the chap more game time...
The General - Soccer Dude
posted: 01:36 am
@cHAMP MGUGUDI, I SHARE THE SAME SENTIMENTS. MOST OF THESE SABC GUYS ARE NOT PROFESSIONAL ENOUGH TO CONCEAL THEIR COLORS. THEY ALWAYS FAIL TO BE NUETRAL WHICH IS WHAT IS EXPECTED OF THEM. I MISS TO WHATCH GAMES ON SUPER DISKI. YOU MUST LISTEN TO THAT DISH IDIOT.... SORRY I MEANT DESHI. HE'S ALWAYS NEGATIVE WHEN IT COMES TO PIRATES. HEHE PIRATES IS KEEPING THE BALL TOO MUCH. DO YOU WANT US TO GIVE THE BALL TO THE OPPONENT?? MORON
Anonymous
posted: 02:03 am
soccer dude i couldn't agree with you more. Spurs were there but we never allowed them a space to breath. Bale didn't walk through our defence like we saw on the weekend, it was their A team from start to finish. We didn't win coz our goal was dis-allowed. Its only a friendly so the score really doesn't matter. But a promising start. PAC have no chance. Khune will be over worked again while our keeper does nothing all day like Senzo tonight.
Bhaka4life (2 x Treble Champ)
posted: 05:13 am
I must commend our boys for the good display of the brand football we should be playing.They kept possession so well to the irritation of the unprofessional SABC commentators. Most of you will.appreciate that Spurs have skillful players like us and they move and switch quickly from defensive to offensive mode and vice versa.Same kind of style of our football since they, like us they defend in numbers and also attack in numbers.

If you are not a Zebra Force you will understand why it was not easy for both teams to penetrate each others defense. Furthermore, the odd chances that Spurs had inside our box are as equal as those we created and none talks about their fluffed opportunities but their obsession to see wrong in our Glaxy of Stars and portray anything from Europe better than us by portraying possession football as negative, something which the Spurs coach noticed and ironically appreciated unlike our donkey commentators who think themselves as experts.Tthey are just a bunch of unprofessional, low self esteemed, non-patriotic, Zebra Force fans who can't be objective even at work.

i must say I was rather impressed with iour offensive type football even after the introduction of Ngobeni whom I thought would slow the game but not the case. As for Doutie, the boy fits like a glove in our style of play, a marvel to watch. Lekgwathi is getting old, must retire and Mabena is definitely not a Bucs material, no match for Drogba.

For a preseason tournament, I am happy with what I see and if continue like this, I see happy times ahead.

Once a Pirate, Always a Champ.......Tsiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiipa
Anonymous
posted: 08:23 am
Possesion without threatening the opposition is useless. The 2 teams were useless.Piecity will be badly exposed 2moro.
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