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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.

Livefyre comments on this story...

champ enigma
posted: 2014-02-25 18:18:14

Khosi i was just thinking the same thing. I smell a big fat rat.

posted: 2014-02-25 18:18:39

Seems we will b dancing the Juju dance wth ur brothers.Khosi I remain

posted: 2014-02-25 18:20:05

Hehehhe i hope flops comes back n win pls .eix zebra are makin noise at the stadium n am happy they manyisa didnt score a 2nd 1 hehehhehehehe

Bucs til next gold

posted: 2014-02-25 18:21:01

Tonight I'm in bed with the enemy. Pie-rats must win this one. I learnt that if you want to cross a flooded river, you can ride on devil's back just to get to the other side.


Naturena Born Killer
posted: 2014-02-25 18:22:10

Ayeye sundawana, liyeza ibakhaniya! Operation "black is back" in full swing.

Up de bucs, tse ntsho!

posted: 2014-02-25 18:23:06

Very true heh...may well be his son. Mtawali played with his son at Wits.


posted: 2014-02-25 18:23:52

They cant close the game.....sundowns u not going to close the gap....khosi i remain

posted: 2014-02-25 18:24:20

Eiy bayafana boh

posted: 2014-02-25 18:25:13

Pirates all the way

KC4LIFE: Lets hear

posted: 2014-02-25 18:26:15

Bucks must replace fake pelembe with erasmus he will hand over the leag to makhosi

Bobby & Steve must futsek! Tumour
posted: 2014-02-25 18:27:53

Will someone please tell Meyiwa to stop imitating Khune when he is kicking the ball it makes him look stupid! He even knocked up that looser druggie Kelly just 2 keep up with Khune, Kelly is nowhere near the successful Minnie!

Glamour Boy
posted: 2014-02-25 18:28:23

Its encouraging to the youngsters to see a 55 year old Ramagalela still playing.

Gold Standard
posted: 2014-02-25 18:28:34


posted: 2014-02-25 18:29:46

fake?  are you serious?  did you see him taking 2 downs players to the cleaners and cross for Masuku to score.

posted: 2014-02-25 18:30:00

They claim they are on song...... Nothing is gonna de-rail their train, but they are looking for favours...... Hypocrites!!!

posted: 2014-02-25 18:30:40

Ur simply glamorous I'm riding full steam

posted: 2014-02-25 18:31:06

Lol!!! That's a killer right there Glamour...55 yr old, tltltltl.


Gold Standard
posted: 2014-02-25 18:31:15

lets go rats,we are behind u. i will also be waitin 4 pitso post match interview.

Madrid-Dortmund-Manchester-Chiefs fan
posted: 2014-02-25 18:31:44

Love ur neighbours as mch as u lov urslf, #TeamRats let's go..

Rise Bucs Rise

posted: 2014-02-25 18:32:29

@jaha13 recorded wher in ur shack im sure

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