Venue: FNB Stadium
Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates had to settle for a share of the spoils on Saturday in what was an action-packed Soweto derby that lacked only in goals.
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Both sides had their chances on the day at the FNB Stadium, with Siphiwe Tshabalala and Sifiso Myeni going closest when they had efforts deflected onto the bar.
The first half saw Pirates the better side, the Sea Robbers taking the game to their rivals with some slick interplay amongst their nippy midfielders and forward players.
Chiefs could count themselves very unlucky not to have been awarded a penalty after just three minutes, though, when George Lebese was hacked down in the box by Siyabonga Sangweni, the Bucs defender clearly having failed to make contact with the ball.
For all their promising build-up play, Pirates failed to create many clear-cut chances on goal.
Their best opportunity fell to Mpho Makola in the 22nd minute, but from Sfiso Myeni’s tantalising cross, the former Free State Stars midfielder ballooned his header over the bar.
AmaKhosi’s biggest opportunity also came from a header, but Erick Mathotho’s application was poor as he nodded Tshabalala’s nicely-flighted free kick over the goal.
If the first half had been a bit short of quality and excitement, the second period saw the tempo and intensity levels turned up considerably as both teams showed attacking intent, play going from end to end as the game opened up.
It was Chiefs who were on the front foot early on, with Reneilwe Letsholonyane having a shot saved by Brighton Mhlongo before Tshabalala’s powerful 57th minute drive from just outside the area skidded off the head of Thabo Matlaba before thudding into the crossbar.
Eight minutes later and Pirates suffered the exact same fate when Myeni’s shot from 20-yards out hit Chiefs defender Mathotho before striking the woodwork and bouncing back into play.
The game continued at a relentless pace, the fans off their seats as both sides gave it everything they had.
Tshabalala looked to take matters into his own hands 12 minutes from time when he drove through the middle of the Pirates defence, but Rooi Mahamutsa was on hand to make a superb last-ditch tackle as the former Bafana midfielder looks set to score from 10-yards out.
It was certainly the team in gold and black that seemed more likely to get a winner, Chiefs again coming close late on when an intricate move in the Pirates box appeared to set Siboniso Gaxa up for a goal, but Bucs keeper Mhlongo did very well to get in a block.
In the end though a draw was a probably a fair result from a Soweto derby which won’t be counted amongst the classics, but nevertheless provided some great entertainment for the capacity crowd in Soweto.