MTN8 Semi-Final First-Leg
Result: Chiefs 0-1 Pirates
Date: 24 August 2013
Venue: FNB Stadium
Orlando Pirates took the advantage in their MTN8 semi-final with a 1-0 win away to rivals Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Stuart Baxter had never tasted defeat at the venue coming into the game, but his side will now have to try turn things around at the Orlando Stadium in the second-leg.
The Sea Robbers started the game on the front foot as Daine Klate powered past defenders on the flank before having his cross blocked.
Willard Katsande could have earned his marching orders in the fourth minute when he went in from behind with his studs up on Tlou Segolela but only earned a yellow card.
Itumeleng Khune then flapped at a Segolela cross in the eighth minute before Lennox Bacela had his shot blocked after getting onto the ball in the area a minute later.
Bacela then earned a free-kick on the edge of the area after drawing a foul from Eric Mathoho and Klate curled a shot into the back of the net via the hand of Khune.
Chiefs' frustration showed in the 18th minute with Mathoho trying an ambitious shot from far out which failed to get close to Senzo Meyiwa while Bernard Parker flashed a shot well off target.
Mathoho was floored by a powerful shot from Sifiso Myeni soon after and Oupa Manyisa rounded him while he was down but failed to hit the target.
Segolela did brilliantly to trick his way into the area but his pass to Bacela took a deflection and prevented the striker from getting a shot on goal.
George Lebese tried to hit back with a shot which bounced around in the area and fell for Siphiwe Tshabalala toward the flank but he was unable to get a ball back into the middle.
Chiefs' best chance of the half came in the 43rd minute when Rooi Mahamutsa’s clearance almost found its way into his own net. The resulting corner fell for Siboniso Gaxa but he failed to connect with his close-range volley which flew miles over.
That proved to be the last real chance of the first period as the Sea Robbers held their lead at the break.
Chiefs showed their intentions for the second period with Stuart Baxter throwing on Knowledge Musona for Lehlohonolo Majoro.
The Zimbabwean had a chance five minutes in but he didn't connect with his shot properly and his effort went wide, before his spectacular volley was off target a minute later.
Segolela continued to cause problems for the Chiefs defence and picked out Bacela in the middle only for his shot to go straight to Khune.
Musona got away with what looked to be an attempted elbow on Lucky Lekgwathi while Parker combined well with Musona before scuffing a shot against the inside of the post and it bounced back into the grateful arms of Meyiwa.
Tshabalala's thunderbolt was kept out by the goalkeeper with 19 minutes to go as Chiefs continued to look for a way back into the game while Kermit Erasmus' header went just wide shortly after coming on from the bench.
Thamsanqa Gabuza, who had come on for his debut, then failed to find the back of the net from close range after being found by Segolela while Tshabalala and Musona both sent good chances wide.
Chiefs created a few shooting opportunities but the best chance came just into stoppage time when Musona did brilliantly to ditch his defender but couldn’t get enough curl on his shot as Meyiwa made the save and Pirates saw out the win.
Chiefs: Itumeleng Khune, Siboniso Gaxa, Eric Mathoho, Tefu Mashamaite, Tsepo Masilela, Willard Katsande, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, George Lebese, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Lehlohonolo Majoro, Bernard Parker
Pirates: Senzo Meyiwa, Happy Jele, Thabo Matlaba, Rooi Mahamutsa, Lucky Lekgwathi, Lehlogonolo Masalesa, Oupa Manyisa, Sifiso Myeni, Lennox Bacela, Daine Klate, Tlou Segolela.