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Tottenham Hotspur beat Orlando Pirates at Ellis Park

Posted: 23 July 2011 Time: 16:55

Tottenham Hotspur are the 2011 Vodacom Challenge champions after beating Orlando Pirates 3-0 in the Final at Coca-Cola Park on Saturday afternoon.

It was a repeat of the 2007 scoreline between the same sides, though Bucs will feel they deserved better, especially in the first half.

Pirates were by far the more enterprising team in the first 45 minutes and would have felt hard done by trailing at the break.

They had the first chance on 11 minutes – Andile Jali bursting through midfield and playing in Tlou Segolela, but Heurelho Gomes came up trumps in the one-on-one situation. From the resultant corner, Thulasizwe Mbuyane steered his free header wide.

Five minutes later and Spurs should have scored when Benoit Assou-Ekotto put in a perfect cross from the left towards Peter Crouch, but he ballooned his shot from eight yards out over the crossbar.

Rafael van der Vaart gave a preview of what’s to come on 21 minutes when his deflected free-kick drifted just wide, but immediately afterwards Bucs again had a glorious chance to score – Mbuyane heading wide when unmarked from six yards out after more excellent work by Segolela.

‘Sox’ was causing havoc with his pace and on 30 minutes he again set up a great chance, only for Bongani Ndulula shoots over from 12 yards out.

Five minutes later and you couldn’t but get a sense of déjà vu – Spurs again getting a dangerous free-kick against Pirates, and Van der Vaart again beating Meyiwa, just as he did at Mbombela Stadium.

Bucs had a good chance just before the break to level matters when Segolela again weaved his magic, but again Ndulula failed to capitalize.

It took Spurs just seven second half minutes to find their second goal, and again the scorer was Van der Vaart, who beat the offside trap and then Meyiwa at the second attempt.

It took Bucs a while to find their feet after that, and only on 70 minutes did they again threaten Gomes’ goal, but the Brazilian got down well to save Segolela’s shot.

Substitute Gareth Bale had a goal chalked off with his very first touch, and the Welsh winger second touch almost played him in again, but for some good work from Meyiwa.

Pirates should have drawn level with 10 minutes to go when referee Kaoma Wellington awarded them a penalty for handball in the area, but Segolela put his effort against the upright – a massive shame considering how good he had been all day.

Rudolf Bester stung Gomes’ palms with a rasping drive and Lucas Thwala headed wide from a corner, but it was Spurs who got the last goal – Jermain Defoe netting with three minutes remaining from Bale’s pinpoint cross.

Orlando Pirates: Senzo Meyiwa, Happy Jele, Lucky Lekgwathi (Rooi Mahamutsa 63), Siyabonga Sangweni (Rob yn Johannes 63), Reuben Cloete (Lucas Thwala 69), Thulasize Mbuyane (Sameegh Doutie 46), Oupa Manyisa, Andile Jali (Clifford Ngobeni 80), Daine Klate (Rudolf Bester 63), Tlou Segolela (Ndumiso Mabena 87), Bongani Ndulula (Mark Mayambela 62)

Tottenham Hotspur: Huerelho Gomes, Kyle Walker (Alan Hutton 46), Sebastien Bassong, Bongani Khumalo, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Aaron Lennon (Roman Pavlyuchenko 60), Luka Modric (Gareth Bale 70), Tom Huddlestone (Winston Palacios 46), Steven Pienaar (Niko Kranjcar 46), Rafael van der Vaart, Peter Crouch (Jermain Defoe 46)

Ryan Cooper

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 05:22 pm
He he we are hot , yada yada we beat Zebras, we wont feel spurs. Kuphi khona shapa spurs. Wheres insimbi? Wheres Drogba, Jali nd Manyisa. What a saturday. What went up on thursday came Down today. Ha ha feel it.
posted: 05:23 pm
Piecity must get tips 4rm Chiefs how 2 beat big teams.
posted: 05:24 pm
its catle like emanuel tht cnt even speak proper english make me laugh. pirates beat us fair and square. atleast i have the balls to admit that. its time to focus on our team and stp trowing stones. wher wer yu wen we lost to the same team. umona akazukusa ndawo. i am a khosi fan by the way and will neva change. am a proud south african
posted: 05:24 pm
This is a good wake-up call to Bucs players!! The coach was becoming too comfortable too soon!! A word of advice coach, Mayambela has his OWN AGENDA when playing! Loan him out! Buccaneer till Yeye hands over his fake ID!!
posted: 05:24 pm
Mighty buccaneers dont win cups if they r not shown in high definition HD baba HD. We lost to a team that finished 5th in EPL, shabba failed trials at a team that got relegeted in the 2nd division England which is better dump ppl of funeral plan fc. Again tis game was nt in HD. 3 games in 5 days u hv to admit thats wrong.
posted: 05:25 pm
how can pierats fans expect their team to beat spurs. They knw is impossible 4 them. Let me congratulate spurs
posted: 05:27 pm
@Mahlangu it would be a demotion for Pirates to be compared to Chiefs-I agree with you Pirates will never be like Chiefs and its proven to play in the final after beating clearly Pirates have upper hand
posted: 05:28 pm
Lol. ay umark mayambela is one funny player. he literally can't make a decent pass, it was hard not to laugh- i see another mandla masango but the latter is just slightly better..
It will be interesting to see the fans' starting 11 from both teams- pirates is most likely to keep the same players as last season (nevermind that these players are tired)- as for chiefs- they seriously need "reliable" players on the bench.
posted: 05:29 pm
wht a game 'bucs' had, sorry bucs hpe nxt tym u gna mke betta dan 2day. An overoll gme was gr8.
posted: 05:29 pm
This Ndululula is learning that you don't just go to the media and praat kak, I hate Zodwa-Orphans FC now people from EUROPE will think that Mzansi soccer is poor while they actually played a wrong team. They should have played CHIEFS and CELTICS to get a run for their money.
posted: 05:36 pm
Nice tournament but the less said about the quality of commentators the better,only if it was on supersport-Football was the winner and the biggest looser was Cebo Manyabelo,Meyiwa,Mayambela,Shaba and VV-how can I forget Chiefs amongst loosers
posted: 05:39 pm
So Mzansi's "bestL can only manage a 3-O drubbing by a mid-table EPL side ? Yho, I shudder 2 think what wud happen the day Barcelona comes here.As for Mayambela they shud use him 2 entertain the crowds @ halftime.
posted: 05:42 pm
Hey hey we tripplebel hey hey we once again. Go nd look for results of Vodacom final 2007. U can smell what Spurs is cooking! Hola tripple 3 nil treble boys. How was in the funeral for 2 hrs. Ha ha u get what u asked for on thursday night.
posted: 05:45 pm
I only saw lil jimmys chasing Bale's shadow...hw can stupid coach think he can win with same teaam in 3 "consecutive" days...i cant wait 4 nxt wk...shapa Lebese shapa
posted: 05:49 pm
Is mark mayambela a real "footballer" or a clown with the ball on his feet?
This is the type of player that gives skilful south african players a bad name.
posted: 05:50 pm
Bucs plyd wel bt the bdr side won 2dy jst lyk thursdy the bdr side won
posted: 05:50 pm
wats wrong wit sabc commentry its segolela wit te ball after 10 minutes bt the guy says doutie wats up did he c the starting lineup or wat thats y khoza sold the rights to supersport viva khoza viva. Up the bucs until funeral plan fc win a derby after playing an english team 48 hours earlier and spending only 3 hours preparing 4 dat derby the rest was travelling btwn mpumalanga n eastern cape. N the other tym was for eating n sleeping, while funeral plan fc spent 48 hours preparing. So hu is fooling hu.
posted: 05:51 pm
What a mediocrity of players they hv @ pierats,street football by Tlou,Mayambela,Doutie,Bester,etc,it looks like de Papic tenure is back
posted: 05:53 pm
The Donkeys lived up 2 their name. They were huffing nd puffing like real donkeys. It cud've been 5-0 2 Spurs. Even Leal celebrated Van Der Vaart's 2nd goal. What a stupid team!
posted: 05:53 pm
dat was true display of wat we call gud futball, and the ada team got sum free lessons frm the lectures dat are coming frm england and these lectures also passed sum lessons to one of the proffesors whu doesnt hv a degree, kwa kwa kwa
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