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DStv Premiership Report: Orlando Pirates v SuperSport United 21 November 2020

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by SL International

Nov 21, 2020 07:50 PM

Tags: Orlando Pirates

DStv Premiership

Result: Orlando Pirates 2-1 SuperSport United

Date: 21 November 2020

Venue: Orlando Stadium

Tshegofatso Mabaso came to Orlando Pirates' rescue on Saturday evening, as the Buccaneers defeated SuperSport United at Orlando Stadium.

Pirates were unchanged from the win over Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN8 while Matsatsantsa were boosted by the return of Sipho Mbule, Luke Fleurs and Grant Kekana.

United were on the front foot early on as  Teboho Mokoena opened the scoring in sixth minute with a toe-poked finish inside the box after reacting the quickest to a ball back in the area.

The hosts were working their way back into the game and Pule had a chance to level matters in the 20th minute with a volley just inside the box that sailed over the bar.

SuperSport defened deep and in numbers in the closing phase of the first stanza, with the Buccaneers struggling to carve out any chances in the final third.

Lapasa brought Pirates back in the game five minutes into the second stanza with with a powerful low strike from the penalty spot after he was brought down by Siyabonga Nhlapo.

The match was opened up after that and Lepasa came close to giving Josef Zinnbauer's charges the lead in the last 20 minutes with a glancing header at the near post that missed narrowly wide.

Bradley Grobler had a good chance to snatch the winner for United in the last five minutes after a cross by Ghampani Lungu towards the far post but he could not capitalise, as he took a heavy touch before goalkeeper Richard Ofori cleared danger.

Pirates eventually snatched the winner in the last three minutes after a miscommunication between Fleurs and shot-stopper Ronwen Williams allowed Mabasa finished to fire into an empty net to seal three points on his first appearance of the season.

Here's how they lined up:

Pirates: 31. Ofori, 14. Hlatshwayo, 5. Nyauza, 17. Jooste, 23. Maela, 6. Motshwari, 15. Makaringe, 16. Monare, 45. Pule, 11. Hotto, 25. Lepasa.

Subs: 40. Mpontshane, 27. Dzvukumanja, 32. Mntambo, 29. Mako, 21. Zungu, 12. Makgaka, 16. Mabasa, 8. Ndlovu, 4. Jele.

SuperSport: 33. Williams, 18. Nhlapo, 25. Fleurs, 20. Kekana, 14. Bhasera, 24. Mbule, 28. Mokoena, 23. Waiswa, 19. Rusike, 9. Rayners, 7. Grobler.

Subs: 31. Pule, 3. Khumalo, 27. Phillips, 26. Donn, 38. Moralo, 12. Webber, 11. Mahachi, 17. Lungu, 13. Gabuza.

DRC international striker Jean-Marc Mundele Makusu has been added to Pirates’ squad for the 2020/21 season: 

   

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Bashin Mahlangu
Nov 22, 2020 07:21 PM

@The-Starless-Cow... you are so stupid.

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Bashin Mahlangu
Nov 22, 2020 07:19 PM

@Bongluv mccarthy you keep bragging as if jimanathi fc still leeps winning those trophies. you are also not winning anything too.

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Bashin Mahlangu
Nov 22, 2020 07:12 PM

@Scara 11 lona how many you have won so far? we have the right to 4ejoice when we have won a game and it's not a sin to do that.

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