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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...

posted: 10:32 pm
Hola The Game, nginawe Dawana lam.......just that it's irritating to waste juice for a draw, worse against a coach-less team nogal.

Otherwise, I guess we'll have to share the bones....nx, I meant the spoils, eysh!
posted: 10:34 pm
Why cant zebraz wait until their team draw tomorrow then they start posting rubish?
posted: 10:37 pm
what's wrong with Chiefs vele? they are like typing machines 'OUTDATED'
posted: 10:45 pm
I thot the name Draw FC is gud 4 chibuku but I think COUNTER ATTACK FC aka REFEREE SWEARING FC suite dem very well. I think dats wat Njenje meant wen he said pirates system is wing play. Close dem on wings dey become clueless, frustraated en run lyk headless chickens.
posted: 10:47 pm
@Kagiso Well said my out.U will wonder what de use of doing dat while de game is continuing.
posted: 10:47 pm
As much as we let them off the hook but it was a gud game between two teams tht play well hence thier respective positions on the log.

I realy dnt understand why the beaten Zebras are so noisy even before their team loses to Sele sele tomorow.

Can hobos shut up for once in ur pathetic life,,,,,

@The Game well said this hobos needs to be recalled back to the farm cos baikentse difebe tsa mo PSL nou di laase.
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 10:50 pm
@ Tzoozooo

Now u can talk lol,wat hapened all along coz u wer dead lmao.
U r busy talkin 2 yoslef n not sayin anythin at all.
Bofolla Safety Belt Reja Joy Makhosi
posted: 10:53 pm
"Rubbish" is what's covered by your pants.
posted: 10:54 pm
@TP........This is a 2 horse race between Champs & Flops.
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 10:55 pm
Pirates wer tactically better dan Sundunusa,Klate realy let us down wit his tatazeling man n y is Benni left on 4 so long?A point away frm home is better dan nothin.they cant beat us wit 10 men n The King buldozed a thing cald Toko.
posted: 10:55 pm
@ diehardbucs

i suggest u cool down dude...or u'l end-up like jali.
U see. I share the same sentiments with u. But hey bucs is a big club. With big supporters n big ambition. There 4 we wont all have a same view.
Bt dat dnt mean we dnt want da best 4 our bloved club.
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 10:59 pm
Credit 2 Njenje,the guy has tactics n plans 4 the oponents on the day.If we hd goten rid of that moron cald leal early,we shud hv wrapped up this league by now n wud stil b in champs lig.
posted: 11:04 pm
I like it when porridge fans are frustrated lol coz they have been making a lot of noise afta they were given 3 points by vv on a silver platter this is a bit of a good news 4 a khosi nation let's start collecting maximum points starting with celtic plz vv n co let's do this k4l
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 11:06 pm
This one point wil cum back 2 haunt Flops,mark my words

Mriyo the octopus
posted: 11:09 pm
Footballers are a bunch of selfish egos.

All of sudden Pirates have awaken & Augusto is having a glitter but history tells me any top team with a new coach get going as this egos are fighting to show a new man their worth.

Wait 4 the dust to settle,then again dirty linen will be hanged.
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 11:10 pm
who said we r frustrated?it was n away game n we got a point.people shud console themselves n if they feel better about this draw then congrats 2 u.we hv the points while sum r celebrating points they r nt sure of.cum 2moro n ppl wil b callin 4 the coach
posted: 11:21 pm

Who's taking it between the two?

Bold prediction please!
Sir Clem
posted: 11:26 pm
Sundowns played good football and they are the team to beat this season. it seems the title is heading to Pretoria. match officiating was very poor. jali deserved a red card in the first half.
posted: 11:36 pm
@I hate Bobby and VV with a passion.....In english we say''Don't argue with a fool,otherwise the difference can not be noticed''.Because you are worse than a fool,obviously i wont argue with you.Because of your state of mind(idiot) i m expecting a lot of rubbish comments from you as a fool,hence i wont respond because we say''Respect a fool to avoid noise.
posted: 11:52 pm
@TP....Sundowns have an advantage since all depends on them being on top,unfortunately for them them they have a daunting task with your team who still have a remote chance of winning the lig.On the other hand all Bucs remaining games are with small teams hence its easily posible to win them all.So this to me put Bucs as favourates to win it.
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