The Soweto Derby By The Numbers
A Tale Of Two Halves In Soweto Derby As Orlando Pirates Eventually Shoot Down Kaizer Chiefs
The Soweto Derby on Saturday proved a tale of two halves, with Orlando Pirates ultimately making the most of their chances to shoot down Kaizer Chiefs and keep the Absa Premiership title race heading down to the wire.
A pulsating opening 30 minutes at Soccer City set the tone of the mammoth encounter, with Pirates and Chiefs managing five shots between them at the half-hour mark, with two of those resulting in goals.
For Pirates striker Thembinkosi Lorch, that meant one shot, one goal as he fired home with his very first effort of the game after a mistake from the Chiefs defence to put the Bucs ahead.
Siphiwe Tshabalala was unsurprisingly the playmaker for Chiefs in the opening stages, successfully distributing the ball 34 times in the first 30 minutes, with one of those coming as the assist to Leonardo Castro's equaliser.
It was Amakhosi who seemed to take the impetus from that goal and finished the half bossing the game, both in terms of possession (57% to Pirates' 43%), while they also out-passed their rivals 258-174 (80% success v Bucs' 70%).
Luvuyo Memela was introduced at half time, and what an introduction it was as the striker needed just 18 seconds and two touches and to score, firing home from inside the area after Pirates broke following another mistake at the back from Chiefs.
The Sea Robbers continued turning the screw after then and, with 60 minutes gone, were enjoying 80% of possession in the second-half, and almost converted that into goals, only for the post to deny the home side a third.
With three-quarters of the game gone it was, surprisingly, still Chiefs seeing most of the ball with 56% possession and an 81% successful passing rate. However, when it came to the clinical side it was Pirates who stamped their authority, with Memela having a flier and, with four shots at goal and three of those on target, he bagged his brace with a searing shot from a very tight angle.