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Match report: Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs draw Soweto Derby

Posted: 8 December 2012 Time: 16:24

Kaizer Chiefs fought back from a goal down for a share of the spoils in the Soweto Derby against Orlando at Soccer City on Saturday afternoon.

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Collins Mbesuma scored in the first half for the Buccaneers, but Lehlohonolo Majoro’s eighth League goal of the season meant Chiefs got the draw – and maintain their three-point lead in the standings.

Tensions showed in the early exchanges, with Lucky Lekgwathi lucky to escape a booking in the very first minute for a studs-up challenge on Reneilwe Letsholonyane.

The game was scrappy for the first quarter as both sides lost possession and failed to make any sort of inroads – but that changed on 21 minutes.

Again Chiefs lost possession in midfield and this time Andile Jali made them pay, playing in Mbesuma who shot across Khune and into the bottom corner after holding off Tefu Mashamaite.

It was almost 2-0 minutes later when Sifiso Myeni’s free-kick from the touchline beat everyone – and sailed just past the upright.

Pirates thought they had a second when Mbesuma netted after what looked like a backpass by Katsande, but the assistant referee ruled it offside - much to Roger de Sa's frustration.

Chiefs thought they had equalised on the half-hour mark when Majoro reacted quickest to a corner. His volley was fierce, but Daine Klate stood his ground and cleared off the goalline.

Amakhosi were piling on the pressure and Siphiwe Tshabalala came close again, but Senzo Meyiwa produced a world-class save to tip his free-kick over the crossbar.

Bernard Parker then saw his deflected header from a corner-kick sail across the face of goal, but it was Pirates who came closest to scoring again – Klate in acres of space in the area, but Khune brilliantly tipping his shot around the corner.

Whatever Stuart Baxter’s halftime talk was, it seemed to work.

With George Lebese replacing Josta Dladla, Chiefs raced out of the blocks, with Erick Mathoho stinging Meyiwa’s palms with a fierce drive, before Parker missed a free header which really should have been buried.

However, the goal did eventually come on 58 minutes, and it was a beauty. Some excellent build-up play involving Tshabalala saw Lebese feed Majoro, who beat Siyabonga Sangweni before slotting under Meyiwa’s body.

Chiefs were doing all the running, but on 67 minutes a slip-up almost allowed Pirates to regain the lead as Khune spilled a regulation catch, but he got back to save Sangweni’s lob under the bar.

Two minutes later Gaxa went for the spectacular, running all of 50 yards before connecting a first-time volley, but the effort went over.

Oupa Manyisa had a goalbound header deflected for a corner with 10 minutes to go, before substitute Benni McCarthy’s audacious bicycle-kick went inches over.

Chiefs almost snatched the points in injury-time when Tshabalala broke into the area, but his curling effort just missed the boot of Kingston Nkhatha – and the far-post.

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Previous comments on this story...

posted: 05:51 pm
I stil think we need a natural striker considering da way our strikers play da boys could hav done better as seem 2 hav hit top gear later in da game.1 game at a time.RTG.
CJB Ramses III
posted: 05:51 pm
Aaaaaahhhhh..... bafethu Andile Jali...... aaaaaaaaahhhh bafethu...

he was mopping that Concert City pitch with Yeye's dreadlocks....

The Lion King...
GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 05:53 pm
We should have won ths game...

Mathoho u d illest
posted: 05:53 pm
Makhosi Baxter must start benching this Parker dude. I mean the guy doesn't play like a senior player. No warrior spirit fool. If he wasn't play that kak who knows we could have easily wrapped up the 3 points.
posted: 05:54 pm
Mathoho is a MASSIVE player. I can safely say this boy will be playing in one of the top leagues in 3 years time.
Lord Vincent
posted: 05:54 pm
What an anticlimax. I actually would have preferred a loss so that we learn to never again allow them back into the game when we have them by their nuts. Did not agree with Rodger's VERY late subs. Did not give players enough time to get themselves into the game cause I did not see Mbuyane making more than 2 touches. Anyway, long run wise this game means nothing
posted: 05:54 pm
Its a draw, what's the noise for? Shut up and do whatever you are doing
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 05:56 pm
Willards Katsande.....a true warrior....iyaspana lentwana
Eric Mathoho...........This boy is a gem
Rodger must goooooo,fullstop
posted: 05:56 pm
@mthimu whtever you call yourself read the laws of the game baba,dont worry the score wont change,its gonna remain 1 all.when coming from an offside and recieve the ball from an oponent you cant be offside just tha rule,you should know
posted: 05:58 pm
But all in all the match was not a classic. The people who watched the game from foreign countries wud not have been too much impressed by the level of our soccer. Both teams, especially Pirates gave away possession like too often like school boys.
Original Gee
posted: 05:58 pm
Come 8 December the ghost will be on top of the log & only Pirates supporter will see it.
Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 06:01 pm
Meyiwa is a very good keeper but my only problem with him is when dealing with corner kicks, he just comes out spontaneously and gets caught in no man's land on so many occasions. He needs to improve there. Anyways the next game is very tough and we should quickly forget about this derby.

DTC '37
posted: 06:02 pm
Now speaking as a South African and not as a Chiefs fan I must say I was very disappointed with the way our two premier teams played. Our players still play like amateurs. Possession given away cheaply too often. How often do you see that in the top European leagues ?
posted: 06:02 pm
posted: 06:04 pm
Ok guys nw lets be fair.... AJ15 VS KATSANDE, who came up tops? YEYE VS MANYISA ? jst be fair nd nt because they r ur team players
Mhlonitjhwa: Treble Champ kwesibili
posted: 06:06 pm
We Bucs scored 2 beautiful goals and they got 1 bt its a draw, how possible is that?
Only Jess and that white ref knows.
posted: 06:06 pm
But where are all those Chibuku FC fans who said they will be leading the log by points on 08 DEC ?
posted: 06:07 pm
Pirates won the midfield battle.. to be fair
Sxokzin WaLeKhosi
posted: 06:07 pm
They be complaining about that disallowed goal, which in honest truth was tha last good chance they had. We should've murdered these fools! @The Phefeni boy, ukuna bantu la!!
posted: 06:08 pm
pep guadiola Rats Strategist is typical of Chibuku moron . When we rclaim our glory , we have not time to stoop low to morons . Basindile labantu today . Shabalala should have been the man of the match for me . They must thank the blunder by our coach for replacing the great Major Majoro leaving the good Parker who was just off today . He also delayed the introduction of ''IFP'" Nkatha . Chibukus can scream and squeeck as much as kaboYellows complained about Celtics win . Mbesuma was simply offside when he received the ball ,no offside klaar . Kuyahlupha ukufuna ukudlala ibhola lasestratini at FNB Stadium , we are talking professional football by the rules here ,klaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrr
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