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Orlando Pirates v Chippa United Match Report, 2018/10/20

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Orlando Pirates 1-0 Chippa United: Vincent Pule fires Bucs into Telkom Knockout Cup quarter-finals
22:08 SAST 2018/10/20
Vincent Pule, Orlando Pirates, October 2018
Vincent Pule's second half goal was enough to send the Buccaneers to the last eight

Orlando Pirates beat Chippa United 1-0 in the 2018 Telkom Knockout round of 16 match which was played at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

The Buccaneers were looking to return to winning ways having drawn 1-1 with AmaZulu FC in a PSL encounter which was played in Durban two weeks ago.

Milutin Sredojevic made two changes to the team that faced AmaZulu with Ben Motshwari and Abbubaker Mobara returning to the starting line-up.

The Chilli Boys were also keen to return to winning ways having lost 2-1 to Highlands Park in a PSL match which was played in Tembisa two weeks ago.

Sredojevic's counterpart, Eric Tinkler made three changes to the team that faced Highlands with Thato Mokeke being handed his Chippa debut.

The match got off to a lively start with both teams launching attacks in the opening stages of the encounter.

Chippa winger Thabo Rakhale, who is a former Pirates player, saw his effort sail over the crossbar, before Xola Mlambo missed the target with a header at the other end.

The hosts were banking on Justin Shonga for goals with the Zambian striker having netted twice against Guinea-Bissau in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers last week.

The promising attacker's effort was brilliantly saved by Chippa's Nigerian goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi as Pirates pushed for the opening goal.

Tinkler decided to make an early change after the half-hour break, pulling off Mark Mayambela and he introduced Daine Klate as the visitors looked to regain control of the game.

However, the Bucs defence was organized and impenetrable with Brazilian Caio Marcelo looking solid at the heart of the backline. 

The score was 0-0 at the interval following a tightly contested first half between Pirates and Chippa. 

Pirates came back oozing with confidence following their half-time team talk with their Serbian coach Sredojevic.

Marcelo, who joined the Buccaneers last month after impressing while on trial, came very close to scoring his first goal for the club when he hit the woodwork from close range.

Vincent Pule was looking to make an immediate impact after replacing Thembinkosi Lorch prior to the start of the second half with the Pirates winger making his return from injury.

The speedy winger, who helped Bidvest Wits win last year's Telkom Knockout, proved to be an inspired substitution as he turned home Xola Mlambo's cross to make it 1-0 to Pirates on the hour mark.

The goal did not come as a surprise as the Buccaneers had scored 16.7% of their goals between the 60th minute and 75th minute of the game this season. 

The Chilli Boys launched late attacks as they looked to grab a late equalizer with Tinkler having introduced Andile Mbenyane in the closing stages of the encounter.

Pirates, who were in a defensive mode in the latter stages of the game, stood firm at the back and ultimately, they ran out 1-0 winners over Chippa on the night.

The victory saw the Buccaneers book their place in the quarter-finals, while the Chilli Boys bowed out of the competition.