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  • 08 December 2012
  • • 15:30
  • • FNB Stadium (Soccer City), Johannesburg, GA
  • Referee: R. Smith
  • • Attendance: 84000

Live Commentary

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  • A game which shifted momentum on numerous occasions, saw Pirates take the lead through Collins Mbesuma, but Chiefs fought back with another goal from the prolific Majoro. The Soweto Giants share the spoils and Kaizer Chiefs maintain their three point lead at the top of the PSL table.
  • 90' + 4'
    The whistle blows! That is it folks! The Soweto Derby has ended in a 1-1 draw.
  • 90' + 3'
    Two minutes to go and Mbuyane has a chance but he cannot keep calm in the box and tries to release McCarthy who is caught offside.
  • 90' + 2'
    Just when the game seemed dead and buried Chiefs are now looking to step it up a gear!
  • 90' + 1'
    CHIEFS COME CLOSE!! Tshbalala finds space down the right wing and sends in a low cross which Nkhata misses by inches from close range.
  • 90'
    As time runs down it does not seem we are going to witness another goal as possession is constantly lost by both sides as they struggle to put together any kind of incisive play.
  • 89'
    Pirates will be proud of their defensive effort today, as they have been able to stifle the celebrated Chief's front line on numerous occasions.
  • 88'
    Baxter looks far more animated on the bench while De Sa seems calm and collected. Nkhata powers down the right flank but he is muscled off the ball by the impressive Sangweni.
  • 87'
    87 352 people at the Stadium witnessing this Soweto Derby. They will hope for some late drama.
  • 86'
    This match is destined to be a draw it seems, unless one of the Soweto Giants can produce some magic in the last five minutes.
  • 84'
    SubstitutionBernard Melvin Parker Matthew Rusike
  • 84'
    Momentum is constantly switching this afternoon and Pirates are now looking likely to find the lead.
  • 83'
    SubstitutionTlou Mashedi Segolela Thulasizwe Moses Mbuyane
  • 82'
    MCCARTHY! WHAT AN EFFORT! The striker pulls off a fabulous overhead kick and misses the target by inches after Pirates build slowly down the right flank and find McCarthy with a good cross.
  • 81'
    Two corners in a row for Pirates but they can't find the back of the net.
  • 80'
    GREAT BALL FROM SEGOLELA! The winger sends in a fizzing cross and Manyisa's header is deflected out for a corner.
  • 79'
    Yellow CardBernard Melvin Parker
  • 79'
    SubstitutionDaine Klate Thandani Ntshumayelo
  • 79'
    Yellow for Parker after an accumulation of fouls. He performs what looks like a WWE wrestling move on Matlaba which earns him a certain booking.
  • 78'
    A dangerous Chiefs move is cut out and Pirates try the break but they are unsuccessful.
  • 76'
    Khune punches the ball out of his box and Chiefs are back in possession.
  • 76'
    Fifteen minutes to go and Pirates have a corner.
  • 75'
    The game seems to have lost its bite as neither side looks likely to find another goal. Nkhata does well on the right flank and feeds the ball back to Tshabalala whose cross into the box is disappointing.
  • 73'
    Chiefs may be happy with a draw but Baxter is bringing on Kingston Nkhata for the goal scorer Majoro.
  • 72'
    SubstitutionM. Majoro Kingston Nkhatha
  • 71'
    SubstitutionCollins Mbesuma Benni McCarthy
  • 71'
    Mbesuma is caught offside which ends his afternoon as he is replaced by Benni McCarthy.
  • 69'
    Masilelea and Gaxa combine beautifully as the left-back sends in a pinpoint long ball which Gaxa meets with a powerful right footed volley. His attempt goes wide but Baxter encourages his players for their intent.
  • 67'
    A bit of a sticky moment for Khune, who makes a blunder and Sangweni tries a "Zlatan". Khune has to scramble back and keep the ball out of his net.
  • 66'
    Klate with a chance! An incisive ball find the winger but Masilela cuts it out with his best defensive move of the match.
  • 65'
    Tshabalala bursts down the right flank and is brought down by Matlaba! But it looks like simulation by the winger.
  • 63'
    Chiefs will be targeting the three points now. Majoro is beginning to expose Pirates lack of pace in defence and Lekghwati's tiring legs.
  • 61'
    Yellow CardSifiso Myeni
  • 61'
    PIrates pay for letting Chiefs create too many dangerous moments. Myeni is booked for simulation as he take a swan-dive to ground without much contact.
  • 60'
    Its Majoro with his eight goal of the season. Fantastic build up play by the AmaKhosi is finished with a clinical left footed strike at the near post.
  • 59'
    GoalM. Majoro
  • 59'
  • 59'
    Majoro strikes a hopeful and in the end hopeless effort from around 40 yards out.
  • 58'
    Kingston Nkhata looks set to come on for Chiefs, who are searching for some more aggression and pace.
  • 57'
    Pirates are inviting the pressure which is a dangerous game to play against this powerful Chiefs strike force.
  • 55'
    Some delightful link-up play by Majoro and Parker is stifled by Pirates, but Chiefs are creating some serious pressure and the equaliser looks imminent!
  • 54'
    Baxter is looking frustrated on the bench as Chiefs waste a fantastic chance.
  • 53'
    PARKER! Oh and he should have scored there! A free header for Chiefs prolific forward and he cannot find the target.
  • 52'
    Matoho strikes the ball towards goal and Meyiwa has to turn the ball around the post
  • 51'
    The noise of the crowd surges as Chiefs begin stringing together some passes, but Lekghwati cuts out yet another move.
  • 50'
    After Pirates early surge the game has been an edgy affair on the left hand side of the field, as both sides struggle to take control of proceedings.
  • 48'
    Chiefs make a mess of a move down the right flank as Tshbalala seems to lose focus and Majoro struggles to keep the ball in play.
  • 47'
    The corner kick is dealt with by Khune and Oupa Manyisa shoots from range but the substitute Lebese puts him under pressure and his effort goes wide.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionJosta Shimane Dladla George Lebese
  • 46'
    Pirates start well with possession and they win an early corner.
  • 45'
    The whistle blows and the second half action commences. Chiefs are chasing the game and Pirates will hope their strong defense can continue an impressive display so far. There has been a certain lack of fluency in Chiefs play, which Stuart Baxter will have to correct during this vital second period. He has already played his hand with George Lebese coming on.
  • Kick-off to the second half is imminent. Chiefs will need to hit back and will target the first ten minutes as their time to find an immediate equaliser.
  • A slow start from Chiefs was punished by Pirates who clicked into gear faster than their rivals. Not some of the most breath-taking football these sides can produce, but there were some heart-stopping moments for both sets of supporters. Grab a refreshment for the second half and join me for the rest of this intense Soweto Derby action. Any first half comments? Tweet me @Dan0090
  • A fantastic finish from Mbesuma separates the Soweto giants, but Khune and Meyiwa are certainly looking to outdo one another with some brilliant saves. Chiefs were able to apply some pressure but the Buccaneers had the better of the chances and have the vital lead.
  • 45' + 2'
    The whistle goes! First half is won by Pirates.
  • 45' + 2'
    Final minute of the first half and Chiefs are in Pirates half but Meyiwa is experienced enough to take the ball easily in his box and clear.
  • 45' + 1'
    Pirates break with pace from a Chiefs corner and the ball finds Mbesuma once more but his shot goes wide.
  • 45'
    Pirates are dominating out there! But they will rue those last two misses.
  • 44'
    SEGOLELA SHOOTS! The corner kick finds the winger at the far post but he blasts his attempt over the crossbar.
  • 43'
    KLATE SHOOTS!! But Khune is on hand with an acrobatic dive!
  • 43'
    Dladla shoot from long range, but that is too far out to cause any kind of problems for Meyiwa.
  • 42'
    Pirates are looking to close out this half in the lead as they try to control matters in the middle of the park.
  • 40'
    Matlaba and Manyisa look to attack down the left, but Chiefs break up the move.
  • 38'
    Mbesuma is caught offside but the striker does not hear the whistle and begins celebrating after another great finish.
  • 37'
    Yellow CardLawrence Siphiwe Tshabalala
  • 37'
    Yellow Card for Tshbalala as he slides in dangerously on Klate.
  • 36'
    PIrates are under pressure here as Parker sends in a dangerous ball with another corner. Chiefs need to turn these chances into goals.
  • 34'
    TSHBALALA TAKES IT! A curling effort by the winger is well-saved by Meyiwa! The keeper seems to have smashed his head into the post during his vital save.
  • 34'
    Chiefs fail to execute their free kick but Daine Klate clumsily takes down Tshbalala and Chiefs has another free kick.
  • 33'
    Yellow CardAndile Jali
  • 33'
    Another set piece for Chiefs and Andile Jali is given a yellow card for questioning the ref's decision.
  • 32'
    The crowd can smell more goals it seems as the noise increases inside Soccer City. Chiefs have struggled to execute their passing game as Pirates' midfield players have closed down well so far.
  • 30'
    CHANCE FOR MAJORO!! The corner ping pongs in the box and and Majoro has a chance to score, but his shot is cleared off the line by Daine Klate!
  • 30'
    Majoro bursts forward and earns another corner for Chiefs.
  • 30'
    Corner for Chiefs! Tshabalala sends in a fizzing outswinger but its easily dealt with by the Pirates defence.
  • 28'
    Pirates are enjoying this game so far, as Myeni takes another free kick and Jele has a chance to make it 2-0 but he can't find the necessary touch in the box.
  • 26'
    Segolela and Myeni combine on the left wing, but Myeni ball results in an easy take for Khune.
  • 25'
    Late challenge from Masilela results in a Pirates free kick.
  • 23'
    Pirates take the important lead. This game needed a goal to raise the intensity of the players who looked a bit slow in possession.
  • 22'
    Andile Jali releases the Zambian marksman with a pinpoint pass and Mbesuma holds off his markers and finishes with sublime technique. Pirates have the lead and punish a Chiefs side which has looked rather unconvincing so far.
  • 22'
  • 21'
    GoalCollins Mbesuma
  • 21'
    Parker tries to force his way into the box but he is muscled off the ball with ease. Neither side has much time on the ball and are forced to play one touch football.
  • 19'
    Possession is moving back and forth and neither side can really take control.
  • 17'
    The defenders are incredibly solid today! The supporters praise another great tackle from Matoho.
  • 16'
    A free kick for Pirates and Daine Klate sends it into the box! But its a poor ball and Chiefs look to break but their attempt is stifled by the strong Pirates defense.
  • 15'
    Happy Jele sends in a cross but Mashaimaite clears well.
  • 14'
    Lekgwhati is not holding back! The captain sends Majoro sprawling with another strong tackle.
  • 13'
    Chiefs are restricted to sending long balls forward which is not harming the Pirates defence who seem content to sit back and wait for Chiefs to surge forward.
  • 11'
    SHOT FROM PARKER! Chiefs win back the ball in the midfield and Parker decides to shoot from range, but his effort goes far wide.
  • 11'
    Andile Jali gives the ball away but makes up for the error with two interceptions to win back the ball for the Buccaneers.
  • 9'
    This game has started off rather slowly, unlike the explosive affair we saw last season.
  • 8'
    The corner is cleared and Pirates are back in possession at the back.
  • 7'
    Corner for Chiefs as Parker's run is cut off by Sangweni.
  • 5'
    Chiefs almost create an incisive move as Tshabalala picks out Majoro with an accurate ball, but Majoro is caught offside. A good decision from the assistant referee.
  • 5'
    An easy take for Khune and the Bafana no. 1 sends the ball forward with a powerful clearance.
  • 4'
    Pirates force a corner and Segolela takes it.
  • 3'
    Chiefs try to feed Parker with the ball on the right wing but Sangweni stays strong and defends well.
  • 2'
    Tackles are flying in! Yeye is tackled unfairly by Legwhati, as the players show their intensity early on.
  • 1'
    Here we go! The first Soweto Derby of the season kicks off and Chiefs have the ball.
  • The stadium looks close to capacity as kick-off is imminent.
  • The players walk out onto the pitch and shake hands, with the vuvuzelas creating an incessant hum and the excitement building within the stadium.
  • Some fans predictions! Aphiwe Nkombisini believes the game will end 2-1 to Pirates...what do you think the result will be? Send me your tweets @Dan0090
  • Ten minutes to go! I've been excited for soccer games before, but this game is truly spine-tingling.
  • PIrates scored three goals in the first twenty-five minutes during their 3-2 victory last season and Chiefs will be wary of their rivals attacking force which is spearheaded by the likes of Mbesuma and Myeni.
  • Last season, Amakhosi won their home match against Bucs 2-1, but the team in black and white took revenge with a 3-2 win in the return game. Both fixtures were played at Soccer City.
  • The noise and the tumultuous atmosphere inside the FNB Stadium is growing. Many families, friends and work colleagues will stand divided for the next 90 minutes as the Soweto Giants clash.
  • In head-to-head stats, Chiefs have won 64 of the 146 matches played between the two since 1970, with Pirates recording 35 victories in that time. Can Chiefs continue their impressive record this afternoon?
  • Interesting battles on the pitch include Sangweni versus Majoro and Letsholonyane versus Manyisa. Khune and Meyiwa will also be looking to outdo each other in goal.
  • Chiefs: (4-4-2) Khune,Gaxa, Mathoho, Mashamaite, Masilela, Dladla, Katsande, Letsholonyane, Tshabalala, Majoro, Parker
  • Chiefs have named a strong line-up with the likes of Parker, Majoro, Letsholonyane and Tshabalala all on top form.
  • Pirates (4-3-3): Meyiwa, Sangweni, Lekgwathi, Matlaba, Jele, Segolela, Manyisa, Jali, Myeni, Klaite, Mbesuma
  • Collins Mbesuma’s great form seems to have put him ahead of McCarthy on the Pirates starting line-up as Benni will start on the bench. Andile Jali and Siyabonga Sangweni also start after returning from injury.
  • Now for the line-ups! Will Benni be on the starting line-up?
  • Pirates striker Benni Mccarthy is an avowed Chiefs supporters, but netted twice against the AmaKhosi in their last meeting in March, a 3-2 win for Bucs. After recently returning from injury, it will be interesting to see if Roger de Sa decides to start his match-winner today.
  • Fans are pouring into the stadium and will hope to make it to their seats by kick off which is in around 35 minutes time.
  • Pirates will be hoping to improve on a lackluster outing against Chippa United but will be buoyed by their defensive efforts this season, as they have conceded only 7 goals. Roger de Sa’s men have blown hot and cold, but are unbeaten in their last 7 PSL fixtures.
  • Chiefs enter into today’s clash three points above the Buccaneers and firing on all cylinders with nine wins in 13 matches this season. The AmaKhosi’s free-flowing football has seen them score 27 goals at an average of 2 goals a game.
  • Welcome ladies and gentleman to South Africa’s LIVE commentary of the Soweto Derby on this much anticipated Saturday afternoon. My name is Daniel Eslick and I am incredibly exicted to bring you all the action from one of the most important Soweto Derbies in recent times. Today will be all about which team can handle the pressure of playing in front of 90 000 fans, blaring vuvuzelas and a huge national audience. This is the biggest derby in Africa played between rivals who played their first tie in 1970. Everyone is looking forward to seeing two attack-minded teams entertain this sold-out crowd in South Africa’s cauldron, Soccer City.