MATCH CENTRE

SUN 07 MAY 2017, 15:00, ORLANDO STADIUM

0
VS
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Pirates stumble against Sundowns

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sun May 07, 17:13

Orlando Pirates succumbed to a 2-0 loss against Mamelodi Sundowns at Orlando Stadium on Sunday afternoon in the Absa Premiership.

Two goals through Khama Billiat and Yannick Zakri downed Kjell Jonevret's men as they were condemned to the 10th spot on the log table with 31 points.

The Soweto giants started better than their hosts and Thabo Rakhale tried a shot from a distance in the 17th minute, but goalkeeper Denis Onyango collected comfortably.

In the 21st minute, Mzikayise Mashaba was fouled in the penalty area by Happy Jele as the Brazilians protested for a spot kick, but the referee waved play on.

However, four minutes later, Billiat broke the deadlock after they won the ball in the middle of the park: a cross from Zakri deflected off Issa Sarr only for the Zimbabwean to head home.

Exactly on the half hour mark, Ayanda Gcaba's attempt in the box nearly caught Sundowns off guard, but produced a brilliant save from Onyango following a corner by Rakhale.

With 10 minutes to go, Onyango was once again called on to produce a brilliant save to deny Oupa Manyisa from close resulting from a clever cross by Thabo Qalinge.

It was an end-to-end affair in the last five minutes and Jackson Mabokgwane cane out to deny Percy Tau. It was 1-0 at the interval.

Three minutes into the second stanza, Zakri made it 2-0 for the visitors after he was set up by Themba Zwane and the Cote d'Ivoirean beat Mabokgwane on his right corner.

The hosts tried to unlock Sundowns’ defence by pushing forward, however, substitute Mpho Makola's effort was dealt with by the uncompromising Onyango in the 60th minute.

Jonevret introduced Tendai Ndoro, Dove Wome and Makola to find an opening goal, yet Ndoro failed to keep his header on target in the 77th minute as it flew over the crossbar.

In the last three minutes of the tie, Billiat came close to bagging his brace when he unleashed a powerful shot on the edge of the area, but he was denied by the woodwork.

In the wake of the victory, Pitso Mosimane's men remain placed at number two on the log table with 54 points from 27 matches.

Orlando Pirates 0
Mamelodi Sundowns (1) 2 (Billiat 25', Zakri 48')

Orlando Pirates: Mabokgwane, Jele, Gcaba, Phungwayo., Sarr, Qalinge (Makola 60'), Manyisa, Gabuza (Ndoro 76'), Mobara (Wome 59'), Matlaba, Rakhale

Mamelodi Sundowns: Onyango, Morena, Nthethe, Madisha, Billiat, T. Zwane, Tau (Modise 63'), Mashaba (Ngconga 86'), Zakri (Laffor 77'), Kekana, Mabunda

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ORLANDO STADIUM
ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS MAMELODI SUNDOWNS GOALS
33. Khama Billiat (25')
24. Yannick Zakri (48')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP MAMELODI SUNDOWNS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
36
Defender
59'
45
Defender
2
Defender
2
Midfielder
8
Defender
4
Midfielder
25'
33
3
Midfielder
32
Defender
8
Midfielder
86'
19
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
63'
22
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
27
Midfielder
46'
59'
15
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
25
Midfielder
13
Forward/Striker
76'
31
Forward/Striker
48'
77'
24
SUBSTITUTIONS
Mpho Makola
Midfielder
59'
5
Teko Modise
Midfielder
63'
10
Dove Wome
Midfielder
59'
35
Anthony Laffor
Midfielder
77'
28
Tendai Ndoro
Forward/Striker
76'
7
Anele Ngcongca
Defender
86'
20
CARDS
Thabo Qalinge
Midfielder
46'
15
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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