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Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates draw

Posted: 20 March 2012 Time: 20:15

Mamelodi Sundowns maintained their four-point lead at the top of the standings after a goalless draw with second-placed Orlando Pirates at Loftus Stadium on Tuesday evening.

After the trials and tribulations of Saturday’s Soweto Derby, this match failed to live up to expectations and at times threatened to boil over as the players got involved in a few off-the-ball niggles.

Sundowns definitely had the better of the first half, though it was Pirates who had the first effort on goal after 10 minutes – Thabo Matlaba hitting a powerful shot after a surging run, but straight at Wayne Sandilands.

Hlompo Kekana, still looking for his first goal of the season not scored against Powerlines, had The Brazilians’ first shot in anger four minutes later after beating Daine Klate with some great skill, but then fired a drive inches wide with Moeneeb Josephs struggling.

Tlou Segolela hit the side-netting for Pirates a minute later, before Kekana again failed to hit the target; this time after being set up by Elias Pelembe.

Ten minutes from halftime and Klate too hit the side-netting, before Teko Modise came closest to breaking the deadlock when his free-kick from the left touchline eluded everyone, including Josephs, but clipped the crossbar and bounced to safety.

Pirates started the second half well and managed to get a lot of crosses into the area, but nothing that had Sandilands too worried.

In fact, it was Josephs who was next called into action, parrying Katlego Mphela’s rasping drive for a corner.

Then, on 57 minutes, the game’s best chance fell to Klate. Benni McCarthy did well to run onto a through-ball and beat Sandilands before setting up the winger, who then proceeded to send his shot well wide with the goalkeeper nowhere in sight.

Two excellent pieces of defending from Rooi Mahamutsa and Punch Masenamela denied Pelembe and Klate certain scoring chances, which by this stage had become few and far between as the game descended into a scrappy – and at times ill-tempered – affair.

In fact, the closest we got to a deciding goal was Modise’s long-range effort on 83 minutes which forced Josephs into a smart save low down to his left.

Andile Jali was shown a second yellow card a minute from time and Masenamela almost netted an own-goal from Matlaba’s cross in injury-time, but in the end the teams settled for a share of the points.

Ryan Cooper

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Previous comments on this story...

Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 09:57 pm
THe game ended about 40 minutes ago and still less than 20 posts. Wow ! that is why many of us love it when Chibuku drop points.
posted: 09:57 pm
Good game by the two best teams in the PSL.

Klate you really let them off the hook with your volley in the first half and your seater in the second. But I will take a point against this Sundowns team anytime. Njenje you doing a great job. You seem to learn with each game.

Once a Happy Person Always a Happy Ghost
posted: 09:58 pm
Njenje is not a coach.He is very stupid.How can he not put Rantie when he pulled Mabhena out?How can he not see a talent on Rantie?We should have won this match easily.He was fond of defending.On post match interview,he was happy & smiling as some one who expected deeat but successfuly defended.Chansa and Mabalane,what were they for?They never made the impact to the game.They were never a threat to Sundowns.We dominated the 1st 10 minutes of 2nd stanza afta which Njenje should have put Rantie for Mabhena,instead he defended and hoping to catch them on counter which to me was his stupidity.Im very angry and disapointed.
posted: 09:59 pm
mthinayi :2012-03-20 21:42

I can't beilive wht I hav seen. This game was waste of time. These two teams they only play whn face Amakhosi. In Nedbank Chiefs will wash them away, if they 'll come with this atitude.
What the faack is this u wrote here. you're hard done coz both teams managed to share points which means it was men against men unlike Soweto derby where Pirates beaten the already dead zebra. That derby was men(Bucs) vs boys(zebras)
posted: 10:05 pm
I think the game was fair but Pirates should have won the game if u compare clear chances than Sundowns however sundowns did play well in their half. Njenje please next time substitute in time.we should have won the game with your substitutes.
posted: 10:06 pm
I feel it was a win for Pirates. The coach has had only three training sessions with the team. It just shows how average the Sundowns is.
posted: 10:07 pm
again I think Pirates gave sundowns a much though game that the so called family business. yes u won 3 points.
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 10:08 pm
But really football is a funny game. Sundoms completely dominated the match and should have easily won by the usual 3-0 Chibuku losing score. But again Chibuku FC could also have won it even though they were totally outplayed throughout the match. Klate missed a sitter and Sundoms nearly conceded an own goal at the end.

Shooooo thanks God it didn't happen. The Chibuku FC dunderheads woould brag the whole week as though the deserved to win while in fact they were lucky to go away with a point.
posted: 10:08 pm
Good performance by Sundowns,not to live Orlando Pirates,Njenje do us a favour Benny is not a 90minute person,change him also he gets tires starting from 70minute of the game.Rantie is there to bring up the pace,Chansa must be careful he is going to be useless in nowadays,overall the team played well,Matlapa and Mahamutsa played very well.
posted: 10:08 pm
Njenje u ar killing Benni we still need Benni for the season plz Njenje give the guy a break after 70 min.
posted: 10:10 pm
Mseja: 2012-03-20 21:50 [ Report ]
Tlou Segolela said " I am happy with a draw from home

@Shakespeare woku mbasha,uyakhenya jong.
posted: 10:16 pm
Mthinayi stop talking nonsense. The Chiefs that you are talking about has never been serious contenders of the Nedbank Cup. In actual fact they have never been to the last 16. They still have to show that they can beat NFD teams or teams from Vodacom league in this Competition.
posted: 10:19 pm
What a lucky escape by the 200 fans fc but bucs still remain thier limit though.

Coach what did Rantie do to deserve such ill treatment when it comes to game time.

Benni tried his best n he shud have been sustituted n Tokelo shud have taken over frm him.

Tsipa tse ntsho Tsipa!!!
posted: 10:19 pm
I mean if u Useless u Useless......that shall in No way become our problem.......failing to bwat a Team without a Coach,with 10 men,.....and still dream of Winning the Tittle.....is Total Madness......Oooooh I nearly 4got Kekana is a Cow!!!!!
posted: 10:21 pm
B4 this game it was clear that Neeskens has narrowed the gap on dominance of Pirates.

Discipline is also a problem in some of Pirates players which might be detrimental to their defense of the league.

Probably good results for Chiefs.If chiefs win the league,will VV backers feel he did it as they blame players?

My answer will be if Chiefs win the league it will not be because of hard work or good football but in ability to mount a challenge by top teams,this alluded by Mandla Masango when he said Pirates is not as strong as last season.

For me Chiefs problem is scoring goals,therefore I don't see why Punch & Valery's departures are being blamed as they are defenders.

Musona also did well in the 1st round but after Christmas break his goals were mostly penalties.We can't dwell on him as he had mixed fortunes.

In conclusion the argument of VV losing 3 key players is a thin one for me based on the above points.
posted: 10:22 pm
I said 4-1 to Sundowns!

What a yawn!

This draws are becoming too much. Yes, I agree that Nesskens should have put in Mushekwi much earlier. I didn't see Laffor's contribution, I would have replaced him instead of Pelembe. Mahamutsa and Masenamela had standout performances. Jali did what I had already predicted. A good result for Pirates. After 15 games, five wins each team and five draws, I wonder who's the daily bread.

I will settle for the yellow gap!
posted: 10:23 pm
IHope all bucs fans who always sing praises of Mabalane and Chansa are happy by now as if we won.Even drogba should have done better than Chansa.Tactically we lost to Sundowns.All their substitution was attack minded.Njenje is stupid and dull.Im not sue if he ever watched Rantie play.I wish he can read these coments.Those Bucs fans who always want Chansa and Mabalane to come at the expence of more effective players like Rantie andMayambela or Drogba are also stupid like Njenje.Nxxx mnciiiii.
posted: 10:27 pm
These Zebra tings are irritating and annoying me.
posted: 10:29 pm
Finally justice is done to Jali, it was long overdue. Sundowns dominated the match even though we created less scoring chances. But I luv fact dat Rats r still trailing Downs by 4points. Yellow!!!
posted: 10:30 pm
This thing called Tzozo behaves as if zebra wl get maximum points tomorrow.
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