Buccaneers Boss Stats In Arrows Showdown
Soccer Laduma Analyses The Stats From Saturday's Absa Premiership Clash Between Golden Arrows And Orlando Pirates
Soccer Laduma analyses the match statistics following Saturday's Absa Premiership clash between Golden Arrows and Orlando Pirates.
The Buccaneers headed to Princess Magogo Stadium under plenty of pressure to perform as they trailed league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns by four points, but Milutin Sredojevic's men did the business and came up trumps with a 2-1 win to sit one point adrift.
Below, we look at the numbers that tell the full match story.
89 - The Buccaneers made the ball work for them with an impressive 89% passing success rate from more than twice the number of passes as Abafana Bes'thende (634 to 293).
64 - Orlando Pirates completely bossed the ball during the game, with 64% possession to Arrows' 36%, leaving Clinton Larsen's men looking more like the away team instead of the hosts.
15 - One of the few areas where Arrows actually dominated the stats were from deliveries into the area, managing no fewer than 15 crosses from out wide, although with little accuracy in finding team-mates, or a capable finish.
11 - Pirates, meanwhile, weren't without an end product as they managed 11 shots in anger, with 45% of those finding the target and just under 20% resulting in goals, hinting at a lethal eye for goal on the day.
3 - The match produced only three corners, with two for Arrows and a solitary corner-kick for Pirates, although neither team were able to make the most of those set-piece plays.
1 - Golden Arrows would have been kicking themselves, and cursing the referee, after Limbikani Mzava was shown a red card after a second bookable offence, when in fact the guilty party from the incident was Mzwandile Buthelezi, only for the match official to suffer from a case of mistaken identity. And given the fact Arrows were still able to pull a goal back late on, they will be left wondering what could have been had they had all 11 men on the field.