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Orlando Pirates beat Mamelodi Sundowns 3-2 in MTN8 first leg semi-final

Posted: 21 August 2011 Time: 16:55

A penalty in injury-time handed Orlando Pirates a 3-2 home win over Mamelodi Sundowns in the MTN8 semi-final, first leg.

Thulasizwe Mbuyane opened the scoring for Bucs in the 6th minute, but Katlego Mphela equalised with a penalty just 10 minutes later.

Musa Nyatama put Sundowns ahead on 19 minutes.

In the second half, Tlou Segolela had a goal disallowed for a dubious off-side decision, before equalising on 79 minutes.

Finally, Segolela was fouled by Surprise Moriri in the box in injury time, and Bongani Ndulula made no mistake with the resultant penalty.

Both teams came out all guns blazing from the first whistle.

The first goal was superbly set up by Benni McCarthy, who played a delicate defence splitting pass through to Mbuyane inside the box. 'Juju' divided two defenders with a touch before slipping the ball past Wayne Sandilands.

Sundowns hit back quickly, as after a great passing movement Lebohang Mokoena was pulled down mid-skill inside the box by Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi.

Mphela stepped up to the spot, but his shot was brilliantly saved by Moeneeb Josephs, diving high to his right. The ball was palmed back into Mphela's path, and he controlled before slotting it home.

Just four minutes later the Brazilians took the lead after a great counter-attack.

Elias Pelembe slipped down the left flank and sent in a point-perfect pass to Musa Nyatama, who finished off the move with a textbook volley to make it 2-1.

Pirates came within centimetres of equalising, when Ramahlwe Mphahlele tried to clear the ball on the edge of his own box, but saw his clearance rebound of Daine Klate and head towards goal.

Sandilands was out of position, and could only watch as the ball hit the crossbar.

In the second half the Brazilians seemed happy to sit back, while Pirates pushed forward in numbers.

Bucs' relentless pressure paid off when Segolela found the back of the net with a strong shot from just inside the 18-yard area that rattled the underside of the crossbar before going in.

In the second minute of added time Segolela was in the thick of the action again, winning Bucs a penalty after being brought down clumsily by Moriri.

Ndulula coolly stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way.

Previous comments on this story...

Champjuju
posted: 05:22 pm
Firstly congratulations to sundows for giving us a run for our win.bucs you were super guys,determination,the will and ofcourse brilliantness.less said of our captain,the better.this guy i've always supported but,enough is enough.lecowti must just retire.go jujus go.what a game,total football from both teams indeed.well done to both teams,we as fans were dassled.wow.indeed a calling to support this brilliant team. LONG LIVE THE CHAMPS
Anonymous
posted: 05:22 pm
CONGRATS N WELL DONE 2 RATS.bt 2day sundwns play vry well.nina ma rats jst thank ur tlou 4 makng a penalty wt hz cpable of then ndulula did it.2day u mphela prooved sangweni vry wel .we wl mt in da finals(sohlangana khona) shapa national chiefs shapaaaaa
Anonymous
posted: 05:22 pm
We will bounce back next week. We will win nexy week and the 2 away goals give us a big advantage.Xulu was the weekest link @ the back.next week Pirates must prepare themselves for war.
Anonymous
posted: 05:23 pm
Well done to the boys they played well especially in the 2nd half.a good come back shappa bakaniya shappa
Anonymous
posted: 05:24 pm
tzozo - go n wipe ure s.hole. We r going to moer dis sundoms nextweek. Up da bucs!
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 05:26 pm
@Tzozo

U r a typical chimps fan n know nothing about gud soccer,dont cum wit yo stupid chimps analysis coz this was n end 2 end entertainin game n only fools like u can say the game was boring.

shaaaaaaaaaaaapa Bucs
Anonymous
posted: 05:26 pm
Iyo...iyooo..o! Gautrain bathathe sekgolela what an individual brilliance. He kept on running even when it was unnecesary. I missed Mabalane & Doutie 4 more penetration! Mphela needed a penalty 2 score against mighty bucs 4 over 3 years. Ndulula is learning a lot from McCarthy! Shapa buccaneer shapaaaa! Up the Bucs!
Champjuju
posted: 05:26 pm
I know downs must think,we have two away goals.but we will supprise them nextweek,taking our game to another level.we will kill them in their own backyark.mark my words
Anonymous
posted: 05:27 pm
A soft penalty saved Pirates. Next wk we shall give them a 1-nil and meet Ajax in the final.
Sweyts',)
posted: 05:28 pm
Eintlek, what the fok was Neeskins benching Mampuru for? I said it long ago that Mphahlele is good enough for abo Swaiylos nabo Chifs, not i-Downs maan jeeer!

Xulu is full of sh!t as well, his body language just ai'nt right and cost us big time vandag.....bring on Daniels cause bayanya labafana. Damn it!

Nb: To all Pirates school-leavers, it's not over yet if you consider the fact that a single goal will do, so do'nt break all your plates yet, SIYABUYA!
Sky'z still the limit!
tk.
posted: 05:29 pm
game won by d team hungry 4 victory. yes sundowns need a central defender, xulu exposed. moriri plays 1st half tires in d 2nd, shuld hev bin substituted. pattison is clueless. congrats to pirates, but d 2 away goals culd come handy in d 2nd leg.
champ nespray is a movie star look-alike coach
posted: 05:29 pm
even though the ref was on ur side, i think u played well in the 1st stanza. but a game is 90 min. today, sundowns gave us a game. not the defending were used 2 wen playing other teams.

i think lekgwathi shuld just hang his boots. mahamutsa could have complemented sangweni beta. i thnk besta shuld have been give a run instead of the off form profesa. anyway, leal showed his intelligency.

the intro of patison killed sundowns, i think. it was a game of two great coches, great mind competing wth one another. neeskins has proven me wrong 2day. hardluck sundawana, u deserved something out of this game. pirates just showed their superior mental strengh, something we lacked in the past.

TO ALL BUCS SUPOTAS, LETS COMMENT WELL TO HONOUR THE GREAT KING(GALAXY OF STARS) WHO STOOD BY DOWNS THROUGH THICK N THIN

ka bo yellow
Anonymous
posted: 05:30 pm
once again THE CHAMPIONS ARE NOT BEATEN ARE JUST RETTLED....
THNX 4 SUNCLAWANA 4 GIVING US A GOOD RUN.... I LOVED IT

ONCE N ALWAYS!!!
Anonymous
posted: 05:32 pm
Well done to Bafana ba style. The two away goals we scored will haunt Pirates big tym next week.
Anonymous
posted: 05:32 pm
Wow! Wat a fantastic diplay of soccer. Dis Pirate tim is sumtyng special. I really commend both tims 4 an open game. I just luv Pirates.
Anonymous
posted: 05:32 pm
whats wrong with chiukepo. on bench basi. use him coach.
LTKZ #22
posted: 05:33 pm
What can u say about the champs, really played like champs, push till the last whistle.. how the lineman disallowed our goal is still a mistery!

it took mphela a penalty to net his first goal against Pirates... but still downs are still unable to beat pirates in a while...
Anonymous
posted: 05:33 pm
M v hapy wt de results n depefomence de boys rily did wel thankz 2 to boys u rily made us proud,indeed ur de champions.segolela ur de man shapa bukaneya shapaaaa!
Anonymous
posted: 05:34 pm
this was nt a true reflection of the game segolela shld have scored a hatrick. Sundowns had 3 shot on target the whole game n segolela shld hv score 3 'so who is fooling who'. Football 101 is a course at the University of Orlando.
Anonymous
posted: 05:34 pm
Whats up MTHO4DOWNS,WEST INDIANS CHICK.BUCS YABOLIA.SHAPA BUCS SHAPA
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