Many talking points will emerge from this game, after Nkhatha scored an offside goal. Both sides had good chances to derby the match, but the match ran out of steam in the closing stages. The bragging rights are shared in Soweto. Thanks for joining Goal South Africa for this live commentary.
That's it! The game is over. The Soweto Derby ends in a 1-1 draw at Soccer City.
Pirates make a change of their own, replacing Klate with Masalesa.
PARKER! A lovely ball from Dladla finds the striker outside the box and his first time shot goes wide.
Pirates win a corner in the first of five stoppage minutes to be played.
Substitution Daine Klate Lehlohonolo Masalesa
Double change for Chiefs, as Dladla replaces Lebese and Nkosi comes on for Tshabalala. Tactical? Or pure time wasting from Chiefs? We shall see.
Substitution George Lebese Josta Shimane Dladla
Substitution Lawrence Siphiwe Tshabalala S. Nkosi
A burst of life from Pirates as they launch assault after assault on Chiefs goal, but Mashamaite and Gould stay strong in defence to deny the Buccaneers.
Glum faces in the crowd as this match looks destined to end in a draw with neither side showing enough hunger or courage to go for the win.
Proceedings are winding down in Soccer City, with both sides showing signs of fatigue.
Brilliant combination play between Bacela and Matlaba is spoiled by a hand ball from the left-back.
Pirates are now dominating possession as we close in on the last ten minutes of the derby.
MYENI! Great chance for Pirates! Segolela turns on the pace down the right flank and curls in a delivery towards an unmarked Myeni at the far post, but the winger's attempted volley cannot find the target.
Majoro's very first touch results in a shot at goal, but his effort skews off his boot and Pirates have a goal-kick.
Nkhatha has been replaced by Majoro and should be pleased after finding the back of the net.
Substitution Kingston Nkhatha M. Majoro
The match has settled down once more. Twenty minutes remain in what has been an enthralling derby so far.
Klate meets a looping cross with his head, but he can't steer the effort towards goal.
The tackles continue to fly in! Nkhatha earns a yellow card after being beaten for pace by Myeni and resorting to an ill-timed slide tackle.
Yellow Card Siboniso Pa Gaxa
Amidst the drama, Roger de Sa brings on Tlou Segolela for Masuku.
Substitution Khethowakhe Masuku Tlou Mashedi Segolela
Finally the game is back underway and both sides will need to keep their emotions in check as the referee will have an itchy red card trigger finger now.
The captains have been called over and it does not look like the referee will take any action after what resembled a rugby scrum on the pitch.
Drama in the derby! Both sides clash after what looked like a kick at a Chiefs player by Andile Jali.
Katsande is lucky to still be on the park after a blatant late challenge on Jali leaves the Pirates midfielder on the turf.
Meyiwa does well to prevent a corner as a deflection off Mahamutsa almost ends up in a corner for Chiefs.
Kermit Erasmus is substituted by Senzo Meyiwa early in the second half, due to what could be an injury to the goal scorer.
BACELA! It's Pirates turn this time, as the striker creates space for himself in the box and curls an effort which Khune tips over the bar.
Substitution Kermit Erasmus Sifiso Myeni
NKHATHA! Great block from Meyiwa! The striker unleashes a dipping strike at goal, forcing Meyiwa to dive to his left and block the attempt.
Chiefs hold all the cards in the middle of the park at the moment, stifling Pirates build-up play.
Chiefs looked like the better side at the end of the first half and are continuing to play confidently at the beginning of the second half.
Here we go! Chiefs kickoff the second half.
The players are back out on the pitch and the second half is almost underway.
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An entertaining first half comes to an end and fans should look forward to a cracker of a second stanza at Soccer City. Both sides look dangerous in attack and there is a real ebb and flow in what has been a real classic of a Soweto derby so far. Pirates went ahead through a clinical finish from Erasmus. Chiefs may be considered as fortunate after Nkhatha's equaliser was certainly offside, but AmaKhosi did deserve an equaliser as they stepped up the pressure late in the first half.
Halftime at Soccer City! The scores remain level at 1-1.
Yellow Card Willard Katsande
Katsande will miss the semi-final of the Telkom Knockout as he is shown a yellow card for a studs-up challenge. Seconds later, Pirates claim a handball inside Chiefs' area, but the referee waves them away.
A few strong challenges have begun to enter the game as he near the first half. This match is slowly turning into one of the most entertaining derbies in recent memory.
Pirates fans will not be happy with that goal. Nkhatha was clearly offside. The Soweto Derby always creates some form of drama!
GOAL!!! CHIEFS EQUALISE! Nkhatha silences the boo boys and lets the crowd know all about it. Tshabalala's delivers the cross and the striker uses the side of his boot to tap home.
Goal Kingston Nkhatha
Both sides create half-chances at either end as the first half of this Soweto Derby enters its final five minutes
Chiefs earn a corner after Letsholonyane's defelcted shot goes wide, but Mashamaite mistimed header goes out for a goal kick.
Khune reads the game well, as Manyisa almost unleashes Erasmus free on goal with a brilliant through-ball, but the Chiefs keeper emerges off his line to clear the danger.
An enterprising run from Letsholonyane allows for Parker to have a dip at goal, but his poorly timed strike leaves much to be desired for Kaizer Chiefs fans in the stadium.
The match has settled down with Chiefs holding the edge in possession, while Pirates look ready to pounce on the counter-attack.
TSHABALALA! Inches away! Shabba drives a low effort towards goal, which goes wide past a despairing dive from Meyiwa and the left post.
Nkhatha fails to capitalise on an opportunity in the box and is faced with boos once again.
ERASMUS! The goal scorer is given space to shoot outside the box, but his left footed effort does not find the target.
Kingston Nkhatha is facing the wrath of Kaizer Chiefs' fans every time he receives the ball, which won't do the striker's diminished confidence any good.
KLATE! Pirates create a chance through some lovely build-up play, Klate receiving possession inside the box with a superb touch, but his strike at goal skews off his bott and out for a goal-kick.
Tshabalala strikes a trademark long-range effort, but it keeps rising and ends up in the stands.
PARKER! The striker's curling effort hits the roof of the net and Meyiwa looks relieved in goal.
Masuku pushes Tshabalala to the ground and Chiefs have an opportunity to hit the target from a set-piece.
Chiefs are struggling to contain the Buccaneers, but possess enough firepower to find a way back into this match which is certainly leaning towards Pirates at the moment.
GOAL!!!! PIRATES TAKE THE LEAD! Kermit Erasmus scores the opener. Matlaba well-weighted delivery is volleyed home by Erasmus from close range and the Buccaneers are brimming with confidence.
Goal Kermit Erasmus
LEBESE! Chiefs are creating chances of their own, as Lebese uses his pace to create space in the box and hooks his low left-footed effort across the face of goal and out for a goal-kick.
Excellent defending from Rooi Mahamutsa! Nkhatha is released free on goal, but the defender is able to nick the ball away from the striker before he can strike a shot towards goal.
MANYISA! Pirates pile on the pressure and Chiefs' wall of defenders are unable to block an effort from the midfielder, but Khune does well to save low to his left.
Willard Katsande is warned after raising his boot to try and steal the ball from Daine Klate.
Pirates are dominating the early minutes, and Erasmus pulls the trigger from range, but his shot is disappointing and is met by a chorus of boos.
JALI! Breath-taking start to the derby as Pirates dispossess Parker, allowing for Jali to burst into space towards goal and unleash a long-range strike, which flies over the crossbar.
Here we go! Pirates get the Soweto Derby underway!
The players are emerging from the tunnel and are met by a cacophony of noise as they step onto the hallowed turf of Soccer City. The pitch looks to be in perfect condition, which should aid both side's exceptional passing games.
The derby will get underway in 10 minutes. Stay with Goal South Africa for what promises to be an enthralling match!
A win is vital for both sides this afternoon, with Chiefs aiming to keep up with Mamelodi Sundowns at the summit of the PSL standings and stay in contention of defending their league title.
Orlando Pirates starting XI: Meyiwa, Jele, Matlaba, Mahamutsa, Gcaba, Manyisa, Jali, Masuku, Klate, Bacela, Erasmus
Kingston Nkhatha will start alongside Bernard Parker due to Knowledge Musona's injury absence this afternoon. An excellent opportunity for the much criticised striker to shine.
Kaizer Chiefs starting XI: Khune, Gaxa, Gould, Mashamaite, Masilela, Katsande, Letsholonyane, Tshabalala, Lebese, Parker, Nkhatha
30 minutes until kickoff! Stay tuned for the line-ups.
A sold-out Soccer City crowd will witness this afternoon's crucial PSL clash, as Chiefs seek to gain revenge after being dumped out of the MTN 8 by their great rivals earlier this season. With the first leg of the Caf Champions League final merely a week away, Pirates will need to stay focused and play with the same mentality which has seen them conquer many great teams in the recent past.
Welcome to Goal South Africa's LIVE coverage of the Soweto Derby. Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates will lock horns at Soccer City this afternoon, in what promises to be an electrifying derby encounter. My name is Daniel Eslick and I will be taking you through every moment of the action this afternoon. Any pre-match predictions? Tweet me @Dan0090
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