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  • 08 February 2014
  • • 20:15
  • • Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg, GA
  • Referee: Z. Mthetho
  • • Attendance: 20000
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Kekana made sure Sundowns took all three points

Orlando Pirates 0-1 Mamelodi Sundowns: Kekana's thunderous strike gives Downs the win

Kekana made sure Sundowns took all three points

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The Brazilians beat the Buccaneers 1-0 in an Absa Premiership match played at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday

Bucs went into the encounter without Bafana Bafana midfielder Thandani Ntshumayelo who was serving his one match ban. The Brazilians on the other hand were looking to close the gap on PSL log leaders Kaizer Chiefs. 
 
Sundowns nearly scored in the first six minutes with Zimbabwe international Khama Billiat missing two glorious opportunities. The 23-year-old winger got into the Pirates box but he could not convert his two early chances.
 
In the tenth minute, Bucs vice captain Happy Jele's beautiful cross was headed wide by Mozambique striker Helder Pelembe. Bucs were moving forward with good fluidity. 
 
Billiat missed the target yet again six minutes later, after his teammate Elias Pelembe showed some great skill and laid the ball to Billiat who ballooned his attempt at goal over the bar.
 
Sundowns midfielder Hlompho Kekana skillfully beat his marker and unleashed a powerful shot at goal, but the ball was blocked in the 34th minute. A minute later, Bucs goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was forced to make a save by the Brazilians vice captain Teko Modise.
 
Pirates had better spells of concerted pressure, claiming more ball possession than the Brazilians in the first half. However, Sundowns had more attempts at goal, even though most of them were not on target.

Billiat and Elias Pelembe combined very well again early in the second half, with the Zimbabwean international striking the woodwork. Dribbling wizard Elias Pelembe was already causing trouble for the Pirates defence a minute into the second half.

Bucs striker Pelembe's long range effort was well saved by Sundowns goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene in the 59th minute, who had a quite match with the Pirates attackers failing to trouble the Zambia international keeper.

At the other end, Sundowns finally broke the deadlock when industrious midfielder Kekana hit a thunderous strike which gave the Brazilians the lead just three minutes later.

Ghana international goalkeeper Fatau Dauda finally made his much awaited official debut for Pirates coming on for injured Bucs keeper Meyiwa in the 70th minute. Pirates fans who had packed the Orlando Stadium cheered as Dauda replaced Meyiwa.

In-form Khethokwakhe Masuku's beautiful volley from just outside the box went over the Downs goal posts in the 77th minute. Bucs were chasing the game as the final ten minutes approached.

They piled on the pressure in injury time, with Pirates striker Kermit Erasmus hitting the upright in the 95th minute. However, the equalising goal never came for the Buccaneers as Downs held on for their second Absa Premiership win in 2014.

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