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Premier Soccer League match report Sundowns 0-1 Pirates

Posted: 25 February 2014 Time: 18:43

Orlando Pirates ended a three-game winless streak in the League with a 1-0 defeat of Mamelodi Sundowns in Tshwane on Tuesday night.

READ: Pitso - we missed Billiat

In an even contest, Man of the Match Khethokwakhe Masuku got the goal in the 37th minute from close range following good work from Helder Pelembe round the edge of the area.

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Both sides started the match cautiously but it was Sundowns who threatened first with Anthony Laffor shooting over the target in the 21st minute, while Rodney Ramagalela forced a finger-tip save from Senzo Meyiwa nine minutes later.

Pirates, though, struck shortly before the interval, as Masuku tapped the ball into an open net from close range following Pelembe's cross fromt he left.

Meyiwa then pulled off a great save in the first minute of added time to keep his side in the lead, diving to his right to parry a solid free-kick from Hlompho Kekana.

Pirates almost punished Sundowns from a counter-attack a minute later but Elias Pelembe made a last ditch tackle to dispossess Oupa Manyisa inside the box.

Downs coach Pitso Mosimane made a change at the break, bringing on Lebohang Mokoena in place of Laffor, and it was the substitute who saw his shot deflected just wide of the post in the 55th minute.

Pelembe should have extended his side’s advantage in the 70th minute when he was put through by Masuku, but he lost the ball forward while trying to dribble past Kennedy Mweene.

Sundowns threatened late in the game but Ramagalela’s low shot was turned around the post by Meyiwa in the 81st minute, while Thandani Ntshumayelo did well to clear Rashid Sumaila’s header off the line six minutes later.

The Brazilians, who recently won the reverse tie, remain in second place on the table with 34 points from 18 matches, while Pirates are up to sixth with 27 points from 16 matches.

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nono wa lekhosi
posted: 2014-02-26 08:00:59

Mrango ..Vladmir " Valentine" Vermezovic...VVV so?

Magoli
posted: 2014-02-26 08:54:07

Siyabonga MaBhakaniya!!! You have done us a big favour. You have done yourselves a favour too. Truth be told, Sundowns is on song. I'm not undermining Kaizer Chiefs. But this conquest should be celebrated by Chiefs as well because it gives us some breathing space. Pressure is not a nice thing. This should afford us an opportunity to be calm and collected, but not complacent. Working under pressure always begets into unnecessary mistakes. As for Pitso, it serves him well for his garrulous efforts. Viva Bucs Viva Chiefs Viva mhlathi ozalanayo.

PhiweKhoza
posted: 2014-02-26 09:14:16

The saying that charity begins at home isn't correct at Pirates. They make Chiefs supporters happy more than their supporters. Whe we want them to win they win and when we want them to lose they lose.

1in10
posted: 2014-02-26 09:44:37

1in10

2 days ago

It had to take TRZ to awake a sleeping lion.......kuzonyiwa as of tomorrow......Woza Bhakaniya.....Buya Bhakaniya

Enough Said !!!

Once and Always....(Silver till next Gold)  

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operandi
posted: 2014-02-26 10:11:03

the truth is if malajla and billiat are not playing sundowns struggles because malajila gives diffenders a torrid time while billiats skills kills the opponents

vusimadlala
posted: 2014-02-28 09:28:21

Well, masandawana i think Pitso is clueless - why de always lose to teams that are struggling? He wins one game; he talks a lot. I am really concerned about this chap - he is not the right man for Downs. Out of the galaxies of stars we have, he still field the Nyandoros and the Moriris! To me thats a bad ''omen'' for our grorious team.

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