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AmaZulu v Orlando Pirates Match Report, 2021/12/08

FT
1 - 1
AMZ
ORL
T. Moremi (45)
D. Hotto (29)
Jonsson Kings Park Stadium
AmaZulu FC 1-1 Orlando Pirates: Wasteful Bucs stagnant on PSL log after another draw
20:27 SAST 2021/12/08
Ben Motshwari, Orlando Pirates & Siyethembe Sithebe, AmaZulu FC, December 2021
Ben Motshwari dominated the midfield battle giving the Buccaneers the edge, but the visitors couldn't grab the winning goal

Orlando Pirates were made to rue their missed chances after their 1-1 draw against AmaZulu FC in a PSL encounter at Jonsson Kings Park Stadium on Wednesday night.

Deon Hotto put Bucs into the lead with a fine finish, but Tshepang Moremi's first-ever goal in the elite league ensured that the game ended in a draw. It was Usuthu's fifth consecutive draw which has left coach Benni McCarthy disappointed.

Pirates were boosted by the return of Thembinkosi Lorch from injury as he was named among the substitutes and the Soweto giants were looking to return to winning ways after drawing 0-0 with Baroka FC last week.

The Buccaneers were up against an AmaZulu side that had drawn four successive league matches including a recent 0-0 draw with Royal AM in the KwaZulu-Natal Derby encounter over the weekend.

It was a fast start to the game with both sides extremely effective on the counter and it was the visitors who broke the deadlock after a quick move which was orchestrated by Collins Makgaka.

The 26-year-old attacker's pass sent Hotto through on goal and he made no mistake as he volleyed the ball home to hand Pirates a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute - scoring his third goal in two league games. 

The Buccaneers then sat back and allowed Usuthu to apply some pressure on their defence which crumbled on the stroke of half-time and Moremi was the man who levelled matters.

The former Bizana Pondo Chiefs winger volleyed the ball home from the blind spot to make it 1-1 with Luvuyo Memela providing the assist heading into the half-time break in the third-largest city in South Africa, Durban.

Ntsako Makhubelo was introduced by Pirates co-interim coaches Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids prior to the start of the second half as the Buccaneers looked to restore their lead.   The two teams continued to attack each other without any fear. Kwame Peprah forced Mothwa into a fine-diving save and keeper Siyabonga Mpontshane parried away Andre de Jong's low shot at the other hand.

The momentum was with the visitors in the closing stages of the game with Bucs having introduced Lorch. The accomplished attacker was involved in the build-up when Hotto was denied by Mothwa from close range.

Lorch was then presented with two glorious opportunities to snatch a late-winning goal for the Soweto. However, the Bafana Bafana international was brilliantly denied by Mothwa, before he missed the target close range and the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

The result saw Pirates remain seventh on the league standings and they will face TS Galaxy on Saturday. On the other hand, AmaZulu moved up to eighth place on the log ahead of their clash with Chippa United on Saturday.