Orlando Pirates needed a penalty to draw with Kaizer Chiefs at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Tuesday. They go through after winning the first leg away 1-0
Chiefs were able to get themselves back into the tie which Pirates led 1-0, with Bernard Parker scoring the opening goal of the game, profiting from a rebound which allowed him to slot home from close range.
A penalty eventually decided the match, as Rooi Mahamutsa was pulled to the floor by Morgan Gould, giving Lennox Bacela the chance to equalise and secure a 2-1 aggregate win for Pirates.
Chiefs showed their intentions from the outset, as they looked to find a way back into the tie after losing the first leg 1-0.
An early corner kick caused Pirates problems, as the ball took a couple of deflections and almost found its way into the back of the net. A consecutive corner kick for Chiefs gave Musona an opportunity to shoot, with his effort saved by the safe grasp of Senzo Meyiwa.
Following Musona’s chance, Pirates counterattacked as Erasmus tried to beat Khune with a low shot which went just wide of the keeper’s right post.
Tackles began to fly in as the game took shape, with William Katsande and Daine Klate earning early yellow cards.
Chiefs continued to pile on the pressure, forcing Pirates into some desperate defensive work. AmaKhosi finally broke the deadlock, with Mashaimaite almost beating a valiant Meyiwa with a strong header, but the keeper’s save found the feet of Bernard Parker, who slotted home from close range.
Heated exchanges between Kermit Erasmus and William Katsande displayed the passion of the game as the first half came to a close without further incident – Chiefs right back in the tie with their opening goal.
Sifiso Myeni’s introduction to proceedings changed the game, with the enterprising winger creating a chance for Erasmus early in the second half, with his shot blocked by Mashaimaite.
Pirates increased intensity began to pay dividends for the home side, but Musona almost punished the Buccaneers with a powerful shot at goal with half an hour to go, with Meyiwa providing an excellent save to deny the striker a potential winning goal.
Meyiwa’s heroics allowed for Pirates to apply more pressure, with Happy Jele creating their best chance of the match with 68 minutes on the clock, heading the ball powerfully onto the crossbar.
The game was turned on its head as Mahamutsa was pulled to the floor by Morgan Gould in the 76th minute, after Pirates whipped in a corner which was claimed by Khune. Lennox Bacela stepped up to cooly slot home the spot-kick and put the home side ahead on aggregate.
The climax of the derby was on a knife’s edge with both sides looking likely to add to the scoreline, but Chiefs’ desperate attempts to find a way back into the game proved futile as the Buccaneers held on for yet another MTN 8 win over their rivals.