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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.

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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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thando we khosi
posted: 2014-02-25 17:16:57

Lmfao #bucselona#

posted: 2014-02-25 17:20:51

draw please

posted: 2014-02-25 17:24:41

Tinkler is useless can't he see this formation never worked for De sa, what makes him think it will work for him now. 4-4-2 is perhaps the best and most balanced formation currently in use in world football. This idiot is destroying Erasmus' confidence by playing him alone up front, he becomes isolated and cannot hold up the ball, like the like of Benni, Bacela ,Khenyeza. Being the only striker is very demanding on a player and only a few players can successfully pull it off. Nx a rugby coach can do better than this fool# I know Erasmus is not in the starting line up, but he should be in that free role up front nr:8 , where he has been at his best in the past.

posted: 2014-02-25 17:25:02

Meyiwa again, this Eric De Sa is too much,,,

posted: 2014-02-25 17:26:37


Silver Line KBY
posted: 2014-02-25 17:27:43

I foresee lot of zebra supporters collapsing after this game. I heard paramedics are in place to deal with the situation.

posted: 2014-02-25 17:29:48

My fellow chiefs fans decorated the stadium.iam against pirates .i want them to loose against sundowns tonight.iam not scared of sunndowns even if they win.khosi i remain

shlalo wezihlalo
posted: 2014-02-25 17:32:39

Both of them must just play a draw, whats the use of supporting a team that i hate. Even if its gonna b gud for me if they win. They will still tallk a lot. Better they draw, still that will b an advantage to us the khosifiers. Useshilo ke ushlalo wezihlalo

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-02-25 17:35:57

Seeing Meyiwa frustrates me...and we gonna conceed from a set piece

posted: 2014-02-25 17:38:05

Eish...no schut.....dats a conern for me

thando we khosi
posted: 2014-02-25 17:44:03

Entlek what formation is ratz playing? Y lekgwathi z covering matlaba! I see a disaster here

Glamour Boy
posted: 2014-02-25 17:46:55

For this one, I will put my pride and hatred aside, I want Pirates to win this game, it will go a long way to help us to retain our championship.

posted: 2014-02-25 18:04:50

Come on Masandana ka bo yellow let's kill these rats tonight

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-02-25 18:07:35

This Phelembe guy works hard.....Bibo has lost form....

Fantastics Rhino
posted: 2014-02-25 18:08:10

Amakhosijuju Amahle. Love & Peace Up the Bucs. 

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-02-25 18:09:04

Makola really doing well

Glamour Boy
posted: 2014-02-25 18:09:52

The new meaning for the phrase "Up the Bucs" is more breathing space for Chiefs. UP THE BUCS.

thando we khosi
posted: 2014-02-25 18:15:23

Ratz really need bacela now to finish dunusa

posted: 2014-02-25 18:15:24

 Is Nyauza the son of Lucky Lekgwathi ? They look alike

champ enigma
posted: 2014-02-25 18:16:54

Oh shit that Nyauza boy looks like Lekgwathi. I smell a fat rat. U nfana waka Lekgwathi uNyauza. I can bet my last Dollar. I hope He does not have an Okapi in his sockes. But i like what is happening

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