Orlando Pirates 0-0 SuperSport United: Bucs frustrate wasteful Matsatsantsa
Jackson Mabokgwane of Orlando Pirates - 15022017
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Matsatsantsa dominated the match, but they could not convert their chances on the night

Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United drew 0-0 in a PSL match which was played at the Orlando Stadium on Tuesday night.

The draw sees Bucs slip down to third on the log, while Matsatsantsa move outside of the top eight.

Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic made one change to the starting line-up that faced Bloemfontein Celtic in a league game at the Dr Molemela Stadium almost two week ago.

Riyaad Norodien made his return to the Bucs starting line-up, replacing Thabo Qalinge, who is out injured. The Soweto giants were looking for their second successive win having defeated Celtic 1-0.

Siyabonga Nhlapo and Teboho Mokoena, who were both rested as United secured a 1-0 league win over Ajax Cape Town at the Mbombela Stadium last week, were both named in the starting line-up by Eric Tinkler.

Matsatsantsa did most of the attacking in the early stages of the match and they had a chance to take an early lead after Bucs goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane had failed to collect a cross which was floated into the box.

The ball fell kindly onto the path of Jeremy Brockie, who has a knack for scoring against Pirates. The United striker placed his powerful shot over the crossbar as the hosts survived an early scare.

Brockie had another chance to break the deadlock from a free-kick situation in a promising area, but the 2017 Caf Confederation Cup Golden Boot winner's effort from the set-piece narrowly missed the target.

Pressure mounted on the Pirates defence with half-time break fast approaching. Mabokgwane was beaten by Brockie's low shot at the near post, but the upright came to the goalkeeper's rescue, before the hosts cleared their lines.

Mabokgwane then pulled off a decent save to deny United midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane, who had tried his luck from range as Pirates were forced to defend in numbers.

The last chance of the first half fell for Clayton Daniels in the Bucs box, but the defender fired over the crossbar.

Micho decided to make a change in the early stages of the second half. The Serbian tactician pulled out Norodien, who was ineffective throughout the first half and his place was taken by Thabiso Kutumela.

Kutumela had a chance to make an immediate impact, but he hit the upright as the Buccaneers looked to have Matsatsantsa against the ropes.

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United goalkeeper Reyaad Pieterse made a poor clearance and Luvuyo Memela played a good through pass for Mpho Makola, who rounded the former Kaizer Chiefs keeper, but somehow the midfielder missed the target.

Former Pirates midfielder Sifiso Myeni, who was introduced in the closing stages of the match, had a chance to snatch a late winning goal for United, but he placed his effort wide.

Both teams searched for a late goal in the latter stages of the game, but they could not score and utimately, Pirates and United settled for a share of the spoils.