Bucs Scrape Into TKO Last Eight
Result: Orlando Pirates 2-1 University of Pretoria
Date: 16 October 2015
Venue: Orlando Stadium
Orlando Pirates advanced to the Telkom Knockout quarterfinals, after securing a 2-1 win over the University of Pretoria in extra-time.
Eric Tinkler's charges dictated play for most of the opening exchanges, as the likes of Thandani Ntshumayelo and Kermit Erasmus saw most of the ball.
The Buccaneers were temporarily down to 10 men after 28 minutes when Thandani Ntshumayelo suffered a nasty cut above his eye. Although he did return in the 35th minute.
Pirates eventually broke the deadlock in the 39th minute when Thabo Rakhale rifled home a superb effort from the edge of the box to hand his side the lead.
AmaTuks, meanwhile, were pegged back in their own half for most of the first stanza, while there was also no urgency whenever they were in possession of the ball.
Nonetheless, Tinkler's side were deserved leaders as they went into the break, having had the lion's share of possession for most of the opening 45 minutes.
AmaTuks got more numbers forward in the second half and nearly equalised in the 52nd minute when Nyathi forced Felipe Ovono into a fine low save.
However, the visitors were not to be denied two minutes later when Thabo Mosadi picked out Thabo Mnyamane, who directed his header into the far corner for the equaliser.
Tuks nearly went ahead in the 57th minute when Nyondo broke free through the middle but the striker blasted horribly wide with only Ovono to beat.
Pirates did have the ball in the back of the net in the 67th minute but Masalesa was flagged for offside, although replays suggest the midfielder was in an onside position.
The home side continued to push for a winner, as Kermit Erasmus picked out Lehlohonolo Majoro, who showed good control, before volleying over from the edge of the box.
Neither side could break the deadlock in the remaining stages of the second half and the game was forced into extra-time.
Pirates were then presented with a chance to restore their lead in the 104th minute from the penalty spot, however Washington Arubi guessed the right way to save Erasmus' spot-kick.
However, the Buccaneers secured the win in the 117th minute when Ayanda Gcaba fired home a well-taken volley from the edge of the area.
Here's how they started:
Orlando Pirates: Ovono, Mahamutsa, Gcaba, Jele, Matlaba, Masalesa, Ntshumayelo, Makola, Rakhale, Erasmus, Gabuza
University of Pretoria: Arubi, Jaure, Mwedihanga, Ngubane, Lichaba, Mosadi, Zwane, Ketjijere, Nyathi, Mnyamane, Nyondo