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Pirates Into Nedbank Cup Last Four

Nedbank Cup

Result: Mamelodi Sundowns 1-2 Orlando Pirates 

Date: 12 April 2014

Venue: Loftus Staidum

Orlando Pirates booked their spot in the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup after beating Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1 at Loftus Stadum.

Pirates got off to the perfect start after just six minutes, as Oupa Manyisa opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Helder Pelembe was brought down in the area.

After a quiet spell in the game, the hosts sparked into life in the 24th minute as Elias Pelembe fired past Senzo Meiywa to level matter for the Brazilians.

Four minutes later and Downs nearly scored again as Lebohang Mokoena showed great skill before smashing one against the upright.

That was good as it got in the opening half, but Sundowns almost opened the scoring seconds after the restart but a fine save from Meyiwa denied Anthony Laffor from close range.

Meyiwa came to Pirates rescue in the 55th minute, as an unmarked Thabo Nthethe headed straight at the Pirates' shot-stopper, who did well to parry the header away.

Meyiwa was proving to be the Buccaneers savior as he pulled off a brilliant double save minutes later to deny Teko Modise from the edge of the area, before denying Pelembe from six-yards out.

At other end, Pirates took the lead through Daine Klate's in-swinging free-kick from 40-yards out, which went flew over every player and landed in the back of the net.

Pelembe came close to leveling matters in the 72nd minute but the Sundowns winger volleyed his effort just wide of the right-hand post. 

Surprise Moriri squandered a great chance to equalise in the 88th minute as he volleyed wide from six-yards out. 


HT Analysis: Sundowns 1-1 Pirates


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