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Orlando Pirates vs Kaizer Chiefs MTN8 semifinal second leg

Posted: 24 September 2013 Time: 14:21

Lennox Bacela’s second-half penalty was enough to earn Orlando Pirates a 1-1 draw in their second MTN8 semifinal against Kaizer Chiefs at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday afternoon, and a 2-1 aggregate win to see them through to the Final.

Bernard Parker had scored in the first half to give Amakhosi hope, but Morgan Gould’s moment of indiscretion and a last-second miss from substitute Lehlohonolo Majoro meant the Buccaneers were the ones to advance to Saturday’s decider in Durban.

It was a lively and feisty opening without either team creating any clear-cut chances.

Happy Jele did well to take a Siyabonga Nkosi cross off Parker’s head, while the midfielder also shot over the bar from a tight angle after dispossessing Lehlohonolo Maselesa when a cross to Knowledge Musona would have been a better option.

On 12 minutes a Siphiwe Tshabalala corner caused problems in the Pirates defence – a sign of things to come – when Jele cleared Willard Katsande’s toe-poke over the bar, before Musona rifled a shot in which Senzo Meyiwa parried to safety.

The Buccaneers’ first real chances came a minute later when Kermit Erasmus ran at the defence and unleashed a shot which flew inches wide of Itumeleng Khune’s right-hand upright.

Daine Klate got away with only a yellow card on 16 minutes for an over-the-ball challenge on Tshabalala as referee Daniel Bennett had his hands full with some overzealous tackles.

Erasmus was proving a handful playing just behind Bacela, running at the defenders and dragging them out of position. Once such run saw him go around Morgan Gould, but his effort to find a teammate was a poor one.

The former SuperSport United striker had an even better chance on 28 minutes when Klate’s cross found him in front of his marker, but his header went high and wide.

Chiefs started gaining the upper-hand as the half drew to a close, with Musona in particular causing headaches. One of his shots was blocked for a corner by Rooi Mahamutsa, and from the resultant set-piece the opening goal came.

Again Pirates failed to deal with Tshabalala’s corner-kick, allowing Tefu Mashamaite a free header which Meyiwa could only block to Parker, who swept home from close range.

There were two more chances just before the break as first Musona mis-directed a header from Nkosi’s cross, before Erasmus saw his goalbound shot blocked.

Sifiso Myeni replaced Tlou Segolela at the start of the second half and immediately caused problems. His clever through-ball found Erasmus, but once again Mashamaite came up trumps with the block.

Musona then had a thunderous free-kick saved by Meyiwa before Bucs had their best chance. A corner found Sangweni at the far-post and he headed back into the danger area, where Lehlohonolo Maselesa saw his header crash off the crossbar.

The tension was building as Pirates continued to press, with Chiefs’ three front men – Parker, Nkhatha and Musona – all getting yellow carded in the space of three minutes!

Mashamaite was again on hand to block a goalbound Bacela shot on 73 minutes, but just a minute later and the big call of the game – Gould penalised for a tug on Mahamutsa’s jersey from a corner, and Bacela converting from the spot.

Now leading 2-1 on aggregate, the home side opted to protect their lead, bringing on the defensive-minded Manti Moholo for Erasmus and sitting back to soak up the attacking pressure.

The tactic almost backfired as Reneilwe Letsholonyane had his trademark burst into the box and fired off a powerful shot, but Meyiwa was more than up to the task.

Chiefs continued to push and the cards continued to stack up – nine yellows – while Majoro missed a gilt-edge chance with the final kick of the game, but Stuart Baxter’s team just couldn’t get the second goal as Pirates hung on for the aggregate win to come out trumps on all fronts in a very testing eight days.

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Livefyre comments on this story...

Silver Line KBY
posted: 2013-09-24 13:24:07

Why don't this Musona be given the red card? This person doesn't stop this brutality behavior. He nearly rip off the lekgwati's nose in the 1st leg and now is repeating it to Klate. I'm Downs supporter but this is not on. This person needed to sunctioned.

Glamour Boy
posted: 2013-09-24 13:36:51

Viva makhosi viva

bucs4PG
posted: 2013-09-24 13:43:49

Katsande is a tractor mxm

Glamour Boy
posted: 2013-09-24 13:45:23

Its game on

Thyninho
posted: 2013-09-24 13:49:27

So far I'm impressed...

CkhoC
posted: 2013-09-24 13:54:24

Entertaining I tell you 50/50 good football all round..... That's a Derby for you

Velibanti (Gone but not Forgotten)
posted: 2013-09-24 13:55:12

Thyninho me too boet but then we need to up our game in terms of concentration and zonal Marking, we are giving too much space to lelindiya and we'll regret this if it continues. khosi 4 sure.

Velibanti (Gone but not Forgotten)
posted: 2013-09-24 13:56:26

Mthinayi Bugs Killer he is the best so far in our team...positive play, accurate passes...

Treble champ "Superbrand"
posted: 2013-09-24 13:58:09

I m disappointed by 1st half perfomance by my team. I seems that we wanted to protect the goal.....I saw the goal coming. Let's hope that second half we will play our game.

Mriyo (Moving To Discows)
posted: 2013-09-24 13:58:17

Wat i stated abot using fringe playas aganst PLK city is now stating to show,Moholo hs not playd 4 a while n he wil now b thrown into the deep end.Xperienced coach wud hv planed better.here is a team dats not parking the so cald bus bt we cant expose them.Zebras now hv the upper hand

stebostebo
posted: 2013-09-24 13:58:31

Like i said b4,we hv a stupid goalkeeper in Sendzo,hpe dt clueless RDS tke out dt useless Manyisa4Moholo

MoraBucsKeikutlwa
posted: 2013-09-24 14:00:05

its emergency field, dis cowzers bully on conners everywhere, bandages tels it

Qseven
posted: 2013-09-24 14:00:28

Something is not right with our midfield department, believe it or not no one can fill up the gap when Jali is absent. I don't see what Masilesa is doing.Roger must come up with rocket criteria that will make us to go forward and score goals. Musona & katsande this baboons are not soccer material. Nonetheless, Buccaneer for life till I become PRO

deeman dee
posted: 2013-09-24 14:00:50

Eish I am lovin it..

Treble champ "Superbrand"
posted: 2013-09-24 14:00:51

Senzo is not improving when it comes to crosses. Where is the Ghananian keeper?

Mriyo (Moving To Discows)
posted: 2013-09-24 14:01:22

RDS wil now complain abot being attacked,no bus parking now so lets c yo attack options now.

Thyninho
posted: 2013-09-24 14:01:38

 @Velibanti @Thyninho  I agree with you we need to close him( Erasmus) down as quickly as possibly....he's the one who's giving us problems....Khosi For Life!

stebostebo
posted: 2013-09-24 14:02:07

Superbrand RDS is n idiot,he evn prefer Mhlongo ovr him


Glamour Boy
posted: 2013-09-24 14:02:08

Bavumile phezukwabo boys

AkwaAkaMatic
posted: 2013-09-24 14:02:50

 bernard parker did it for us and I'm confident he'll get his second of the match nd we march to the final. Pierats is nowhere to be seen. #KhosiIRemain

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