Full Time: Santos 0-2 Orlando Pirates
Date: 21 March 2014
Venue: Athlone Stadium
Goals in each half from Lennox Bacela and Rooi Mahamutsa saw Orlando Pirates beat Santos 2-0 in a Nedbank Cup Last 16 match at Athlone Stadium on Friday night.
The opening 45 minutes was a rather dull affair with very little action in front of goal.
Pirates controlled the flow of the match, but offered very little in attack and were often reduced to efforts from long range.
Santos, on the other hand, sat back in defence and tried to hit on the counter-attack.
The Buccaneers started positively and had their first shot on goal in the fourth minute when Ntshikelelo Nyauza let loose with a 24-yard shot on the right side of the field, but it sailed narrowly wide of the target.
Nyauza was at it again three minutes later with another powerful attempt form the edge of the box, but he dragged his shot low and wide of the goal.
Santos created their first effort of the game in the 14th minute from a set-piece on the left which was met by Sachin Dawood, but he directed his header over the crossbar from 12-yards out.
A minute later Tyren Arendse tried his luck from long range, but saw his effort sail over the target.
Pirates’ biggest threat in attack was Tlou Segolela and it was he who won a penalty in the 28th minute.
The Buccaneers winger burst into the box from the left flank before he was brought down by Dawood and the referee pointed to the spot in the 28th minute.
Lennox Bacela stepped up and coolly slotted the ball home to give his side the lead, 1-0.
The half really died down after that as the Buccaneers headed into the break in front.
The second half continued in the same pattern as the first as Pirates dominated proceedings, but really struggled to break down a resilient Santos defence.
The Buccaneers, though, did find their cushion goal in the 65th minute as Rooi Mahamutsa powerfully headed home a corner-kick to make it 2-0.
Santos tried to hit back after that, but never looked threatening in front of goal.
The Team of Choice, however, were afforded a chance to pull a goal back in the 92nd minute when the referee awarded them a penalty after Lucky Lekgewathi handled the ball inside the box.
David Radebe, though, could no covert as he saw his penalty saved by Senzo Meyiwa.
The game ended 2-0 and Pirates move onto the quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup.