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Pirates Sink Chiefs To End Dreadful Run

Absa Premiership 
 
Score: Kaizer Chiefs 1-3 Orlando Pirates
 
Date: 31 October 2015
 
Venue: FNB Stadium
 
Orlando Pirates ended their dreadful run in the league, after they edged past their Soweto rivals, Kaizer Chiefs, at the FNB Stadium.
 
The Buccaneers enjoyed a slightly better start than their rivals, although they lacked penetration in the final third and struggled to create openings.
 
Thabo Rakhale looked lively in the opening stages and registered the first effort on target in the 16th minute with a volley from 20-yards out, which Itumeleng Khune managed to gather at the second time of asking.
 
Eric Tinkler's men took a deserved lead in the 25th minute when Issa Sarr fired home from close range, after Khune did well to keep out Siyabonga Sangweni's initial header.
 
It was all going the way of the Buccaneers but they did squander a chance to double their lead in the 35th minute when Thabo Matlaba skewed his effort wide of the the mark with only Khune to beat.
 
Chiefs, however, leveled matters just before the halftime break, as Erick Mathoho rose highest to head home Siphiwe Tshabalala's cross at the far post.
 
Chiefs enjoyed brighter start to the second half and nearly went ahead in the 52nd minute but Tshabalala's curling free-kick sailed just wide of the mark.
 
However, Pirates restored their lead two minutes later when Ayanda Gcaba powered home a header into the far corner, after some poor marking by the Chiefs defence.
 
Khune came to Chiefs' rescue in the 67th minute, as the shot-stopper came off his line to deny Thamsanqa Gabuza in a one-on-one situation.
 
Khune proved to be the busier of the two goalkeepers in the second half and he was at his best in the 73rd minute when he pulled off a fine reaction save to keep out Sarr's header.
 
Chiefs saw most of the ball in the final stages of the game, but Pirates nearly extended their advantage in the 81st minute although Khune was on had to thwart Gabuza yet again.
 
However, The Buccaneers sealed the win in the 84th minute, as Erasmus did well lose Mathoho to tee up Gabuza for the easiest of tap-ins from six-yards out.
 
The win sees Tinkler's side move up to 11th in the league standings, while Chiefs remain unchanged.
 
Here's how they lined up:
 
Kaizer Chiefs: Khune, Gaxa, Mathoho, Bukenya, Masilela, Katsande, Letsholonyane, Tshabalala, Lebese, Abraw, Manqele
 
Orlando Pirates: Mpontshane, Nyauza, Matlaba, Sangweni, Gcaba, Sarr, Rakhale, Ntshumayelo, Gabuza, Makola, Erasmus
 

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