MATCH CENTRE

SAT 04 MARCH 2017, 15:30, FNB STADIUM

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Chiefs, Pirates play to entertaining 1-1 draw

by Graeme Jackson

Sat March 04, 17:37

Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates played to a highly-entertaining 1-1 draw in their Absa Premiership derby at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

A strike from Joseph Molangoane and an own goal by Tsepo Masilela saw the Amakhosi and Buccaneers play to a stalemate.

Pirates started with great confidence and certainly didn’t look like a team which came into the occasion on the back of a nine-game winless streak in the league.

They created a string of early chances and Dove Wome was denied by fine saves from goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune in both the 11th and 13th minutes.

Yet, against the run of play, the Amakhosi claimed the lead with a swift attack on 16 minutes. Siphiwe Tshabalala and Bernard Parker combined to set up former Buccaneers player Joseph Molangoane with a tap-in for 1-0.

Pirates almost hit straight back through striker Thamsanqa Gabuza, who chested a ball down on the edge of the box and struck a volley on target, only for Khune to make another sharp save.

On 33 minutes the Buccaneers were back on level terms, with Thembinkosi Lorch’s shot from a tight angle deflecting into the net via the legs of Tsepo Masilela and Itumeleng Khune to make it 1-1.

The second half carried on where the first left off, with chances flowing at either end. Lorch and Ayanda Gcaba threatened for Pirates in the early minutes, while Chiefs’ Zimbabwean duo of Edmore Chirambadare and Willard Katsande also had sights of goal.

With just under 10 minutes of regulation time remaining, the Amakhosi were gifted a penalty when Gcaba was harshly adjudged to have deliberately handled a cross from Molangoane in the 18-yard area.

Katsande took on the responsibility of the spot kick but saw his effort well-saved by the legs of Mhlongo in what Bucs fans will argue was poetic justice.

The point gained by each team does little for their respective log positions: Chiefs remain in fourth place on 35 points, while Pirates are up one spot to 10th on 21 points.

Kaizer Chiefs (1) 1 (Molangoane 16’)

Orlando Pirates (1) 1 (Masilela og 33’)


Chiefs: Khune, Mphahlele, Mathoho, Gordinho, Masilela, Molangoane, Maluleka (Baloyi 64’), Katsande, Chirambadare (Twala 56’), Tshabalala, Parker (Paez 86’)

Pirates: Mhlongo, Nyauza, Jele, Gcaba, Phungwayo, Lorch (Norodien 67’), Mobara (Sarr 86’), Manyisa, Makola, Wome (Ndoro 67’), Gabuza

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH FNB STADIUM
KAIZER CHIEFS GOALS ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS
23. Joseph Malongoane (16') 24. Tsepo Masilela (33') (OG)
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
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KAIZER CHIEFS STARTING LINEUP ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
32
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
3
Defender
86'
45
26
Defender
2
2
Defender
4
Defender
33'
24
34
Midfielder
56'
11
3
Midfielder
64'
12
Midfielder
67'
35
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
31
Midfielder
20
Forward/Striker
86'
25
Midfielder
67'
29
Forward/Striker
16'
23
Forward/Striker
31
SUBSTITUTIONS
William Thwala
Midfielder
56'
7
Riyaad Norodien
Midfielder
67'
26
Lucky Baloyi
Defender
64'
35
Tendai Ndoro
Forward/Striker
67'
7
Gustavo Paez
Forward/Striker
86'
28
Issa Sarr
Midfielder
86'
18
CARDS
Riyaad Norodien
Midfielder
79'
26
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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