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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...

posted: 2013-09-25 09:45:18

SK2tawuzen I agree with you

posted: 2013-09-25 09:45:50

JoBlack Really???????

posted: 2013-09-25 09:48:52

tholokabomo Robert Nauseb was also given a red card in that match.


posted: 2013-09-25 10:02:54

Congratulations to Orlando Pirates for keeping their heads up and sticking it out yesterday. As a Khosi fan, losing to Pirates is always a bitter pill to swallow. My cue analysis of the game-We lost the game by replacing Nkosi with Nkatha,theless said about him the better; we should have introduced someone like JD. He would have made sure we kept our shape, further Katsande is a liability and a danger to other players; PSL should look into his tackles. Again back chatting referees like Masilela isn't what we wish to see at matches. It deprives us the pleasure of enjoying a good football; jersey tugging in the penalty area isn't even open for debate. In all fairness, Orlando Pirates deserved the win, not because they were the best team on the day; but because they wanted it more than our players.   

posted: 2013-09-25 10:33:05

once and always..... the African Team has beaten the National Team (Bafana Bachiefs)

Bhakaniya for Life

posted: 2013-09-25 10:41:09

LethweleM Hats off Khosi, for taking a defeat like a man.

posted: 2013-09-25 11:32:19

Sbujero Lesmash77 Thanks my man, As much as I don't like pie-rats, and never will. I always try to be objective when it comes to soccer, I don't like to be biased when it comes to the beautiful game. I give credit where it due, No because I am blinded by hate, which some supporters are doing in this forum.

My Blood is Gold and I am Black


posted: 2013-09-25 11:56:56

Bumpy Pitch.........

posted: 2013-09-25 12:12:38

LethweleM Will said Khosi, I concur.

My Blood is Gold and I am Black


posted: 2013-09-25 12:48:21


2nded Khosi!! But i think it would have been easy,4 Baxter 2 bring in Dladla 4 Katsande & Majoro 4 Nkosi.

We lost th game in th Middle,cause Katsande was no longer committing himself 2 tackles.wich made things easier 4 Erasmus,i'm one person who doesn't blame coaches after every loose th team gets.

but yesterday's game i put some blame on Baxter,u let th players sit back & defend rather thn going 4 a kill..Nkatha's inclusion says it all,i dn't have much 2 say about him..Glory Continues!!!

posted: 2013-09-25 14:14:46

LethweleM Where do you come from is my first time coming across a sober minded KC fan. Please run soccer beneficiary education to your fellow houlers

posted: 2013-09-25 14:24:34

Lesmash77 W are always happy people, cry on and dream on chimpagnzees. I don't know how long r u going to b forever in tears. Gorillas u have katsande, nkatha and lemfenenyane that is y u playing ugly. Concentrate on yr soon discovered rugby venture mayb u ll win 1day. days of brown envelopes and A-team r over. TRC is waiting skelms.

posted: 2013-09-25 22:21:37

Familybusiness muhyadiin2 lol..on point..dankie

posted: 2013-09-26 11:30:46

Mojeros Mind I remind you Chiefs has never finished ten seasons without silverware, My point is, we never cry for long, as for brown envelopes, I will not comment as the TRC (as you put it) still needs to also uncover what happend to Rocks Dhalmini a know drug lord who was associated with Irvin Khoza (Our brothers, sister, mothers, father, kids are dying because of drugs and some people built their empires on drugs) - So don't throw stones when you live in a glass house.

My Blood is Gold and I am Black

Khosipersonified Himself.

posted: 2013-09-27 12:17:58

LethweleM e wenna ur analysim is at the most of its mediocracty, go support the ratz and get lost

posted: 2013-09-27 14:04:04

TICOmp askies bro........didnt know that ref's score or create or distract players of the team he opposes so the one he favours cud win

posted: 2013-10-04 08:22:00

Damn, 9 yellow cards in one Match. Zebras were fighting and not playing football.

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