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Absa Premiership LIVE: Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates

Posted: 31 October 2015 Time: 14:25

Orlando Pirates have claimed Soweto Derby honours following a 3-1 victory against rivals Kaizer Chiefs in their PSL match-up at FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Full-time: Kaizer Chiefs 1-3 Orlando Pirates

And it's all over! Pirates emerge 3-1 victors against bitter rivals Kaizer Chiefs, their first League Derby win in six attempts!

90' - Four minutes added on ...

88' - Majoro on for Gabuza in a late change for the Bucs.

86' - Mthembu on for Abraw in Chiefs' final change.

85' - Edwin Gyimah on for Ntshumayelo, while Erasmus is replaced by Gift Motupa.

83' - GOAL! Gabuza makes it three! Erasmus twists and turns past Mathoho, lays it off to Gabuza in the middle who slots it home! Hints of off-side though.

81' - Pirates on the atatck again, Erasmus plays a through-ball for Gabuza who brings out the best from Khune, who produces his ninth save of the game!

80' - Makola with a shot this time, straight at Khune though.

79' - Pirates relentless on attack, Rakhale squares it for Ntshumayelo who blasts his strike wide.

78' - SUb: George Maluleka on for Manqele.

76' - Shabba has a go from range, but his shot hits Sangweni. Pirates break, Erasmus crosses for Makola who heads wide.

73' - CHANCE! Erasmus again looking lively, his strike tipped wide for a Bucs corner. Makola delivers on the second attempt, Sarr heads at goal and produces a fine stop with his feet from Itu Khune!

72' - Willard Katsande enters the referee's book. Resulting free-kick just over the bar from deep from Erasmus.

71' - Chiefs sub as Lebese makes way for Bernard Parker.

68' - Pirates on the counter, Gabuza again involved in the action, as his strike is wide, but Khune tips it out and Bucs win a corner. No end product thereafter.

68' - CHANCE! Gabuza gallops at goal, but Khune runs out, makes himself big and thwarts the Bafana Bafana striker's shot.

67' - Ntshumayelo with a strong challenge on Abraw, who was through after collecting a Manqele flick-on.

67' - Makola delivers, straight into the wall.

66' - Yeye with a foul on Erasmus outside the box, Pirates with a chance now to increase their lead.

64' - Shabba crosses it in, but Mpontshane plucks it easily from the air.

63' - Sangweni enters the referee's book for a foul on Abraw. Free-kick in a promising position for Chiefs.

60' - Manqele with a snapshot, straight down the throat of Mpontshane.

57' - Another corner for Pirates, headed out by Sarr as Chiefs look to get going again quickly in their search to level matters.

54' - GOAL! Pirates are back in front following an Erasmus corner which is powerfully headed home by Ayanda Gcaba! 2-1 to the Bucs!

52' - Shabba with a free-kick on the edge of the area, but hits it just wide of goal.

48' - Free-kick for Chiefs, yet they're penalised for pushing and Bucs are able to snuff out any potential danger.

46' - Back underway for the second half ...

Half-time report:

It's all square at the FNB Stadium at half-time, after goals from Issa Sarr and Eric Mathoho ensured Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates went into the break at 1-1.
 
Amakhosi fought back late in the first half as Mathoho levelled matters just one minute before half-time, after Sarr found the opener midway through the half for Pirates.
 
The home side launched the first real attack in the second minute, when Letsholonyane’s through-ball met an advancing Abraw, but the striker tried to find Lebese at the far-post instead of shooting, which allowed Sangweni to intercept and clear the danger.
 
Bucs eventually managed to break through the Chiefs defence in the 8th minute, when Mpho Makola tried to find Kermit Erasmus inside the box, but the pass was a little too strong for the striker, which allowed Itumeleng Khune to collect comfortably.
 
With Pirates gaining momentum, Thabo Rakhale found some space outside the area and hit a dipping volley in the 17th minute, but Khune had little trouble in dealing with the effort.
 
The Buccaneers finally broke the deadlock in the 26th minute when Issa Sarr was on hand to bang home from a rebound, after Khune pushed Makola’s headed effort at the far-post into the path of the Senegalese midfielder.
 
Chiefs immediately launched their resurgence from the restart, but Sangweni and co. held their shape and blocked the home side from advancing towards goal.
 
It could have been 2-0 in the 34th minute when Erasmus collected a Pirates clearance just over the halfway line before launching a menacing counter-attack, which Chiefs were fortunate to escape from after Matlaba scuffed his effort at the back post.
 
Against the run of play Chiefs won a free-kick in a dangerous area, after Rakhale was adjudged to have fouled Lebese, and Eric Mathoho made no mistake in turning home with a header in the 44th minute to level matters before half-time.

Half-time: Kaizer Chiefs 1-1 Orlando Pirates. And it's all square at the break, Erick Mathoho's late header cancelling out Issa Sarr's earlier strike. An entertaining second half in store!

45+1' -Ntshumayelo becomes the first player to receive a yellow in today's Derby.

45' - Three minutes of injury time in this first half ...

43' - GOAL! Rakhale fouls Masilela near the corner flag. Late free-kick in the half for Chiefs ... Shabba whips it in and Mathoho scores with a superb header!

40' - Katsande and Yeye exchange passes, the latter plays a through-ball yet neither Abraw nor Manqele are in the vicinity to collect ...

38' - Corner for Chiefs, but poses no real danger on the Bucs goal. Amakhosi with a spell of attacking pressure on their oppenents' goal as they go in search of the equaliser.

36' - Masilela with a cross for Abraw, whose head clashes with Sarr. Pirates' goal-scorer is down and being treated.

34' - CHANCE! Pirates with a chance to double the lead, Erasmus with a superb ball across the face of goal, but Matlaba was unable to get his shot on goal, and fluffs the opportunity.

32' - ANOTHER cross with too much weight from Makola out on the left ... out for a goal-kick.

30' - After half an hour of play, Pirates in the lead. Deservingly so, having created the majority of chances in the early stages.

27' - Bit of a break in play after a clash of heads with Gcaba and Abraw ...

25' - GOAL! Lebese hacks down Rakhale. Deep free-kick comes in and is headed toward goal by Sangweni, Khune palms it in the path of Issa Sarr who side-foots it home to open the Soweto Derby scoring!

23' - Makola attempts to skin Gaxa, slips and handles the ball, as Chiefs are able to slow the game down and re-start again from the back.

20' - Another cross from the left for Pirates, again not finding a teammate. Bucs looking up for the challenge this afternoon, enjoying the better start.

16' - Rakhale with the game's first shot on target, straight down the middle though as Khune safely gathers.

15' - Erasmus with a shot from range, unconvincing though as it goes wide.

14' - Another longball played by Chiefs, bounces harmlessly on it's way through to Mpontshane.

13' - Once again Pirates stringing a number of good paases together, ball is bundled in and around the box as Itu grabs hold, before his customary quick release.

11' - Pirates playing a high defensive line, inviting Chiefs to play the longball.

10' - Neat passing by Pirates, who build up down the left, Makola again with the cross which is headed away by the Chiefs defence.

8' - Makola fizzes a ball into the box, fails to find a teammate as Khune comfortably gathers.

7' - Matlaba takes on Gaxa down the left, wins a corner for Bucs. Over-hit by Makola though, as the set piece is wasted.

5' - Sangweni takes down Manqele, and gets a stern talking to from the referee.

3' - Chiefs get in behind, Abraw squares it instead of going for goal, as Chiefs win the first corner of the game. Pirates able to clear away the danger.

1' - And we're underway in front of a colourful and vibrant crowd at FNB Stadium!

A moment of silence for the late Ajax defender, Cecil Lolo ...

It's a warm afternoon in Johannesburg ... and the action is sure to be heated as well! Players exiting the tunnel onto the immaculate FNB pitch.

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Pre-match

Chiefs head into the clash in buoyant mood following their 1-0 win over previously-unbeaten Mpumalanga Black Aces midweek, a result which lifted them to fourth in the PSL standings on 14 points from eight matches.

Pirates, meanwhile, have endured a difficult start to their 2015/16 League campaign, suffering their fourth loss in Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat to Golden Arrows. The Bucs languish in 13th place in the PSL standings, having claimed just five points from seven matches, and will be without midfielder Lehlogonolo Masalesa, who is suspended for this encounter.

A look at the history books sees Chiefs leading the way in head-to-head statistics: in 59 League matches since 1985, Amakhosi have claimed 24 wins compared to Pirates’ 12, with 23 draws.

Last season Chiefs won four out of a possible six points off their rivals, beating them 2-0 before a goalless stalemate in the return leg, with four of the last six League encounters between the two sides ending in draws.

The team line-ups for this afternoon have been announced, with Chiefs making one change from the side that beat Aces midweek: Willard Katsande replaces Lucky Baloyi in midfield, who has to be content with his spot on the bench.

Eric Tinkler has made four changes to the side that lost to Arrows on Wednesday, as Ntsikelelo Nyauza comes in to replace the injured Happy Jele, with wholesale changes taking place in midfield: Mpho Makola, Thabo Rakhale and Thandani Ntshumayelo are brought in for Mugerwa, Mvelase and Memela, with Issa Sarr remaining in the starting line-up, along with goal-minder Siyabonga Mpontshane.

Here’s how they line up:

Chiefs XI: Khune, Gaxa, Mathoho, Bukenya, Masilela, Katsande, Letsholonyane, Tshabalala, Lebese, Abraw, Manqele

Subs: Khuzwayo, Maluleka, Baloyi, Moleko, Parker, Gordinho, Mthembu

Pirates XI: Mpontshane, Nyauza, Matlaba, Sangweni, Gcaba, Sarr, Rakhale, Ntshumayelo, Gabuza, Makola, Erasmus

Subs: Ovono, Gumede, Motupa, Gyimah, Qalinge, Masuku, Majoro

Article by: KICK OFF

Tags:  Soweto Derby

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