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Orlando Pirates beat Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 in an MTN8 quarter-final clash

Posted: 3 August 2012 Time: 22:02

Bloemfontein Celtic were unlucky to be booted out of the MTN8 after a harshly awarded penalty, eight minutes from time, handed them a 1-0 loss to Orlando Pirates on Friday night.

Phunya Sele Sele traded blow for blow with the defending champions in the quarter-final, and many would argue they had the better of the scoring opportunities.

But it was not to be as Andile Jali converted the penalty that sealed Celtic's fate.

The first chance of the game came in the 10th minute when Celtic were awarded an indirect free-kick 12 yards out, after Moeneeb Josephs handled a back-pass from Oupa Manyisa.

Kurt Lentjies touched the ball on for Ruzaigh Gamildien to shoot, but his low drive was cleared off the goalline by the Pirates defence.

Pirates first chance came three minutes later when Benni McCarthy got onto the end of low cross from Ndumiso Mabena, but he fired wide from 12 yards out.

The best chance of the first half came in the final minute, and it took the brilliant acrobatics of Patrick Tignyemb to keep the scores level going into the break.

A Buccaneers counter-attack ended with Mabena volleying the ball goalwards from 22 yards out, but the Celtic keeper produced a great one-handed save to deny him.

The away team started the second half stronger, and came within inches of taking the lead in the 54th minute, when Joel Mogorosi shot narrowly wide from just inside the box.

Four minutes later substitute Lerato Manzini should have scored for Celtic, when he did well to get on the end of a cross, but he squandered his chance and headed the ball straight at Josephs, who made a good save.

The game died out a bit after that, but sprang back into life in the 80th minute when the referee harshly awarded a penalty after Lentjies slipped inside the Celtic box and handled the ball.

Jali made no mistake from the spot to give Pirates the lead and send them into the semi-finals.

Orlando: Josephs; Lekgwathi, Sangweni, Mahamutsa (Phungwayo 87), Gcaba, Myeni, Jali, Manyisa (Moholo 70), Klate, Mabena (Mbuyane 67), McCarthy

Celtic: Tignyemb; Leonard, Isaacs, Mothlaping, Mahoa, Mogorosi, Motshegwa (Manzini 58), Nthethe, Gamildien (Nontshinga 84), Bacela (Lakay 69), Lentjies

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Previous comments on this story...

posted: 11:15 pm
poor zebra u should be worried about sundows on sundae cauz dey will be kicking ur asses al de way at tshwane
black and white
posted: 11:19 pm
To zebra fans:

Do you remember Arthur Zwane taking a free kick twice against Ajax, and the referee allowed it, Chiefs scored and won the match?
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 11:22 pm
Wafa wafa, we ar nt surprised celtic ifile. only kaizer gorillas think they ar alive.
Mthinayi (Bugs Killer)
posted: 11:23 pm
Don't forget that your time has gone, that period of seven years has come. This time will be more than 12years crying one way.

posted: 11:24 pm
SAFA should do something about this poor refereeing, this thing of allowing Palacious Gorillas to get away with trebles should never go un-punished.

This is Soccer it is not politics, we do not have the Affirmative Action policy for giving away the trophies to the previously disadvantaged. This thing is ruining our soccer.
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 11:25 pm
Shame poor kaizer hobos, I understand why u fill so hard done. another Pirates win means heartache to u. You ar welcome to join DTC provided u dont pull yo ugly gorilla faces.
posted: 11:28 pm
sundowns please keep dis bloody zebra shut on sundae

to all my fellow baccanias let dis dogs complain while we keep winning ,we all know dat when pirates win even when we dont play dem dey a de worst hited
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 11:28 pm
This is what champs ar made of, very few chances 4 poor celtic and the Kaizer gorillas they expect them to win. how? They must score first.
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 11:31 pm
Ama Gorilla ase Naturena bekaminyile the entire game hoping and saying jazabel's prayers 4 us to lose. It was nt ti b. Hambqni ni yolala zihlobo.
posted: 11:38 pm
This is a serious offence in a match and it must never go unpunished I repeat. The first match in the season already one team has been costed a match, 2 clear penalties not allowed while the Previously disadvantaged team got a free one. If this goes un-punished then we are heading for a worst season where all the referees will do as they wish.
2nd Star Washelela
posted: 11:40 pm
Leave us alone the referee's decision is final. Zebras used to benefit from such decisions in the past, why complaining now?
black and white
posted: 11:57 pm
Nipples you are getting your blood pressure up for no reason
Remarkable Prince (DTC)
posted: 12:03 am
Ace must watch out, that Moholo dude is fantastic. He moves just like Ace and also has eye on goal. Patrick Phungwayo Awuuuu! What a player damn.. Next game he should play the whole 90mins
posted: 12:14 am
DTC is our status let them all cry over a split milk.
posted: 12:16 am
Really bad decision once again favours the psl's favourite club - usual shit, different day
posted: 12:35 am
hei zebraz a hurting ,editor u n dis pathetic zebraz a de same u must go n ask your money back from university u went de was hand ball n it says if de is a hand ball de will b a penalty,nx n hw many tames does dis zoo nation won cups bribing de referies,if u think de is corruption go n open a case at de polistation near u or go volunter 2 b a rafery
u can complain until u turn purple we dont care pirates won de match
n zebraz u beated u mos last week so y a making noise,we robbed 2 clear penalties mos
so go n blame every one
posted: 01:15 am
Well done mabhakabhaka a mahle hli
posted: 02:15 am
futsek wena Nipsy....go worry about your stupid zebra cows!
The Ghost
posted: 02:42 am
Makhosikazi you worry about Sundowns and not about Pirates ... I know you were rooting for Celtics to win so tough luck ... le zo nya and that's for certain if you do not mind your own business.
The Ghost
posted: 02:45 am
Hahaha people are going to die because of Orlando Pirates, every victory reduces their life expectancy by one month. A trophy equals six months ... silly because you cannot control the outcome, you are sitting on your asses somewhere behind a console and that's the closest you will come to beating Pirates ... UP THE BUCS!!!!!!!
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