A nail biting 90 minutes saw Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates play cat and mouse before the Buccaneers eventually won through to the Nedbank Cup semi-finals 2-1 in Pretoria on Saturday. An early penalty for Pirates was taken by Oupa Manyisa which resulted in a goal after Lennox Bacela was fouled in the box. Pitso Mosimane was forced into making a substitution as Khama Billiat picked up an ankle injury which saw him unable to return to the game.
Elias Pelembe came off the bench to score a much needed goal for the Brazilians and it was game on at 1-1. Lebohang Mokoena missed a clear goal scoring chance as his ball bounced off the post. A very intriguing first half came to an end with the match capable of going either way.
The second half started off with Downs getting a corner kick which was taken by Teko Modise, who found Pelembe, who took a shot but missed the target though. Daine Klate was fouled by Mokoena which saw the ref awarding Bucs a free kick. “Cheeseboy” was then booked for unsporting behaviour.
Vladimir Vermezovic’s side moved into the lead after Klate scored a superb goal straight from the free kick. Senzo Meyiwa earned himself a yellow card for hovering the ball and not putting it back in play. Thabo Matlaba then picked up a yellow card for delaying play much like his goalkeeper earlier. Surprise Moriri fired a shot past the post that could have forced extra time but it was not be their night despite enjoying home ground advantage. The prospect is now very real of a Soweto Derby semi-final or final for Pirates that will see Vermezovic come up against his former employers.