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Pitso Mosimane: "Two equally good teams and you can see that Pirates have really improved.
"I think we could have won the game in the first-half with our chances."
"You have to understand what created people to go to Rulani and attack
him, you know the story.
"Because of that (Zungu incident), you'll get people who are not
rational and act in a different way. But we don't condone violence."
Milutin Sredojevic: "It was a very tough, competitive game. Always when
you play a Pitso team it's a combination of football and chess."
"It has been a game where both teams wanted to win but just missed
"The incident is really unfortunate when Rulani has given part of his life to Sundowns, then one supporter wants to attack him.
"I want to believe it's just one person and not an entire Sundowns institution."
MAN OF THE MATCH: Thembinkosi Lorch
"It was a tough game, we did well and had a good performance...even though they tried to disrupt us by stopping us from entering the game and in the tunnel.
FULL-TIME: Sundowns 0-0 Pirates
It ends all square in a feisty encounter at Loftus Versfeld Stadium!
87' Pirates get a chance to throw bodies forward as Lakay concedes a free-kick.
Sundowns though manage to easily defend the set-piece.
So it took close to 80 minutes for sirino to finally get booked. That just sums up how this fame has been officiated #AbsaPrem— ANPU (@Anubis_Diety) November 10, 2018
So it took close to 80 minutes for sirino to finally get booked. That just sums up how this fame has been officiated #AbsaPrem
This Sorino guy plays dirty and the Ref is messing up the match #AbsaPrem— GK Mhlanga (@GkMhlanga) November 10, 2018
This Sorino guy plays dirty and the Ref is messing up the match #AbsaPrem
Kutumela smoking Musa ????????#AbsaPrem #OnceAlways— ? ? (@Black_OOSi) November 10, 2018
Kutumela smoking Musa ????????#AbsaPrem #OnceAlways
60' Sundowns make their second change as Mahlambi replaces Brockie.
The striker almost scores with his first touch as he forces a save from Mpontshane.
53' The Brazilians with all the chances from the resumption. This time Lebo beats his man, his effort missing the target. #Sundowns #DownsLive #DownsPirates #AbsaPrem— Mamelodi Sundowns FC (@Masandawana) November 10, 2018
53' The Brazilians with all the chances from the resumption. This time Lebo beats his man, his effort missing the target. #Sundowns #DownsLive #DownsPirates #AbsaPrem
46' Sundowns 0-0 Pirates
We're back underway in the second-half.
46' Sundown 0-0 Pirates
Rulani Rulani Rulani. All the talk and drama leading up to big games is good to hype it up but he must stop talking too much going forward. Fans will target him #SUNPIR #AbsaPrem— Shotgun™ (@SQ_Myeza) November 10, 2018
Rulani Rulani Rulani. All the talk and drama leading up to big games is good to hype it up but he must stop talking too much going forward. Fans will target him #SUNPIR #AbsaPrem
This Sundowns fan just stormed Pirates bench to confront Rhulani, Pitso again comes to picture, trying to "save" the intruder from security men, totally uncalled for! #AbsaPrem pic.twitter.com/fUGaTlENIh— Bonface Osano (@bonfaceosano) November 10, 2018
This Sundowns fan just stormed Pirates bench to confront Rhulani, Pitso again comes to picture, trying to "save" the intruder from security men, totally uncalled for! #AbsaPrem pic.twitter.com/fUGaTlENIh
You see what those tweets about Rhulani has caused, there is tension everywhere #SSDiski #AbsaPrem— Mokgalaka???? (@pietmashika) November 10, 2018
You see what those tweets about Rhulani has caused, there is tension everywhere #SSDiski #AbsaPrem
The whole #DownsLive bench needed to be given RED CARD for that accident. How can PITSO JUMP up to protect HOOLIGAN fan attacking Rhulani? I"m Down fan after this accident wish #Pirates can beat us by big score. This is unprofessional from our side #AbsaPrem— Matshaya, Doyi (@Maliqo) November 10, 2018
The whole #DownsLive bench needed to be given RED CARD for that accident. How can PITSO JUMP up to protect HOOLIGAN fan attacking Rhulani? I"m Down fan after this accident wish #Pirates can beat us by big score. This is unprofessional from our side #AbsaPrem
HALF-TIME: Sundown 0-0 Pirates
A feisty first-half as a Sundowns supporter confronted Rulani Mokwena in the Buccaneers dugout!
#AbsaPrem #Pirates coaches and players are no longer safe pic.twitter.com/CoiiOyu4sI— Mr T (@TheoBennitto) November 10, 2018
#AbsaPrem #Pirates coaches and players are no longer safe pic.twitter.com/CoiiOyu4sI
I blame @BonganiZungu08 for this mess at Loftus ?? #AbsaPrem #SSDiski— Ofentse (@Fancy_XV) November 10, 2018
I blame @BonganiZungu08 for this mess at Loftus ?? #AbsaPrem #SSDiski
Drama Drama Drama #AbsaPrem— Uncle BlitzKrieg (@nigel_inc) November 10, 2018
Drama Drama Drama #AbsaPrem
Sundowns 45% - 55% Pirates
FULL-TIME: MAMELODI SUNDOWNS 0-0 ORLANDO PIRATES. In the end, most of the drama arguably happened off the pitch in the big match of the day. The two sides were perhaps both scared of losing. The spoils are shared in Pretoria.
Sundowns win a free-kick on the left following first a handball from Munetsi and then a clumsy challenge on Mahlambi from Mbekile. Mahlambi delivers into the area, but Munetsi heads clear.
Indeed, we're into four minutes of added time. A match which has seen plenty of drama -- but not many clear chances for a winner -- draws into its dusk.
We're into the final minute of the 90, but word is there will be four minutes of stoppage time added on.
Milutin Sredojevic responds with a substitution of his own: Mntambo comes on in place of Shonga.
Zwane comes on for Sundowns in place of Maboe. Pitso Mosimane's substitutions suggest he is still chasing all three points. Sundowns are the home team, so perhaps that's unsurprising, but Pirates are dangerous.
The clock continues to tick down at Loftus Versfeld. Pirates have a free-kick on their right and a chance to get the ball into the box... Shonga delivers, but it's headed away.
Sirino picks up a yellow card for taking Qalinge out off the ball. This booking has been a long time coming.
Chance for Sundowns as Mpontshane comes way off his line, gifting Morena a chance. However, he fails to pull the trigger in time and the keeper gets the ball off him!
Qalinge has come on for the Buccaneers in place of Pule.
Daniel Bennett overrules a Sundowns corner which he initially awarded. He instead gives Pirates a goal-kick. It should, in fact, have been a Sundowns throw-in! Nevertheless, Masandawana attack again, but Maboe fires wide of goal.
Mulenga goes for goal from long range now, but fires down Onyango's throat. He was so effective against Kaizer Chiefs, was Mulenga. Can he influence another big game?
Mahlambi is looking lively early on. It's proving difficult for Pirates to get the ball off him when he's on it. Lakay looks for him now with a cross from the left now, but Maela prevents him from getting on the end of it.
Mulenga comes on in place of Kutumela for Pirates. From their free-kick, they chip towards the far post, but Onyango plucks the ball out of the air.
Kutumela nutmegs Lebusa right outside the penalty area on Pirates' right and then goes down, earning a free-kick. That was mightily close to a spot-kick for the Buccaneers. Yellow card for the Masandawana defender.
CLOSE! Mahlambi surges past a number of Pirates defenders immediately and goes for goal, forcing Mpontshane to get down and turn the ball behind the near post. Good save.
Mahlambi comes on in place of Brockie for Sundowns as they look to add some attacking firepower.
Brockie picks up a warning from Bennett after clattering into Munetsi with his shoulder. That was a late challenge.
Kutumela sees his shot blocked now. Sundowns are defending in numbers, and when they do get the ball clear, only Brockie is forward and they're unable to properly launch a counter.
Maboe cuts inside and goes for goal now, but his shot misses by some distance. I wonder if the pressure of the occasion is perhaps getting to these teams when the time comes to pull the trigger.
KICK-OFF! Mamelodi Sundowns get the second half underway. The first 45 minutes were as heated as any in this season's Absa Premiership. Let's see if the second stanza has as much spice in store for us.
At the other end, Sirino cuts inside from Sundowns' left and goes for goal from just outside the box. However, his effort sails over the target.
Lorch goes for goal now, but his effort goes comfortably wide. Pirates need to improve their finishing if they are to win this match.
Pirates remain on the front foot in this game. Pule has a shot at goal, but it's not the strongest effort and goes straight down the throat of Onyango.
Lorch flashes a dangerous cross in from the right, but it evades everyone in the danger area as it flies across the face of goal.
HALF-TIME: MAMELODI SUNDOWNS 0-0 ORLANDO PIRATES. There hasn't been too much for either goalkeeper to do at Loftus Versfeld. It's not been the best half for the hosts, but they had their bright moments. Pirates look a dangerous outfit.
After an excellent first touch to control the ball inside the box, Shonga wastes an opportunity by going for goal himself instead of looking to tee up Pule. His effort goes off target.
Kekana picks out Maboe at the other end and he lets fly, but fires off target. The tempo of the game is picking up somewhat after a bit of a lull.
Onyango gets a vital touch on the ball to take it away from Munetsi as he looks to get his head on the end of a Shonga delivery.
Mpontshane spills the ball inside his box after Jele leaves a Sirino cross for him to deal with. A bit of a nervy moment, but no harm done.
We're into nine minutes of stoppage time at the end of the first half due largely to that earlier bench bust-up.
At the other end, Shonga goes directly for goal from a free-kick on the left. Good effort, but it curls wide of the target.
Sundowns were awarded the free-kick for that challenge, strangely enough. No harm came of it, but perhaps that was the source of some Pirates anger.
Sirino catches Mlambo with an outstretched boot, prompting more outrage from the Orlando Pirates bench.
At last, following a lengthy delay, the game gets back underway, although Orlando Pirates goalkeeper coach Andrew Sparkes is still in conversation with fourth official Thando Ndzandzeka.
Part of the tension between the two sides is due to a pitch invader, who went all the way to the Pirates bench. Rhulani Mokwena can be heard telling referee Daniel Bennett: "I'm not safe on my bench."
There's some tension between the two teams and the two benches following an unsavoury challenge from Sirino on Mlambo. Mlambo picked up a booking, possibly for something he said. Tensions are spilling over on the touchline.
And now there's a scramble inside the box at the other end following a corner. Lebusa's header is blocked, and after some ping-pong in the box, Sirino gets a crack at goal. That's also blocked though.
After a scramble on the edge of the Mamelodi Sundowns box, Mlambo has a shot at goal from just outside. However, he miscues his effort and fires some distance off target.
Lakay has a long-range shot at goal, but he doesn't catch the ball cleanly and his low effort is blocked. Sundowns have yet to really test Mpontshane.
Motshwari picks up the first yellow card of the game for a foul from behind on Maboe.
At the other end, Sirino has a crack at goal, but fires straight down the throat of Mpontshane.
Kutumela plays Lorch through on the right. He looks to square the ball for a teammate to finish, but can only pick out Morena, who clears.
Midway through the first half, it's time for a water break at Loftus Versfeld. It's a hot day in Pretoria.
From the corner, Mabunda is teed up for a long-range shot, but his effort at goal is blocked. Pirates counter and Lorch has a crack after getting on the end of a fantastic long ball, but Onyango saves.
A mix-up between Mlambo and Munetsi gifts Sundowns a corner.
Mbekile fouls Lakay, preventing a Sundowns break, and is warned by referee Daniel Bennett -- but once again, no card is brandished.
Bennett decides against brandishing a card. Kekana is a lucky man... Now, here he is with a long-range shot, but it's blocked by Motshwari.
Mlambo is down after a nasty challenge from Kekana, who stepped on his foot. It will be interesting to see whether or not the Sundowns captain is punished for that.
Jali is stretchered off. He gave it his best shot, but his game has officially come to an end now due to a hamstring injury. Mabunda comes on to replace him.
It's been end-to-end stuff so far at Loftus Versfeld. Pule sportingly puts the ball out of play to allow treatment to Jali, who is down again.
At the other end, Brockie gives the ball to Lakay and he lets rip from long range. There's plenty of power on the shot, but it goes over the target. Mpontshane probably had it covered in any case.
Pirates attack again. Shonga tees Kutumela up for a shot. However, his low effort doesn't quite have enough power on it and Onyango gets down to hold on.
Lorch puts a low cross in from the right after beating Lakay. Lebusa intercepts and turns it behind for a corner. The ensuing delivery leaves plenty to be desired and Langerman clears.
Jali is back on his feet and play is back underway. Time will tell weather or not he can run this injury off.
Bad news for Sundowns: Jali has gone down and stayed down. Tiyani Mabunda is warming up on the sidelines.
Andile Jali goes on a marauding run and plays the ball to Brockie on the right-hand side of the box. He looks to curl a shot inside the far post, but it goes wide of the target. Exciting start to this game.
KICK-OFF! Referee Daniel Bennett blows his whistle and Justin Shonga gets proceedings started. Pirates go for an early long-range shot at goal. It sails comfortably off target.
The teams make their way out of the tunnel and see out the pre-match handshakes. There's a big crowd today, as expected.
Despite having been a doubtful starter, Gaston Sirino has been included in Pitso Mosimane's XI. That's a major boost for Sundowns, as he heads into this game off the back of two goals against Free State Stars.
The headline news from those teamsheets: Andile Jali has been handed a starting berth against his former team, Jeremy Brockie starts after breaking his scoring duck, and Siyabonga Mpontshane is in between the sticks for Pirates.
ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING XI: Mpontshane, Jele (c), Munetsi, Mbekile, Maela, Motshwari, Mlambo, Pule, Lorch, Kutumela, Shonga. SUBS: Mabokgwane, Da Silva, Mabaso, Makola, Mntambo, Qalinge, Mulenga.
MAMELODI SUNDOWNS STARTING XI: Onyango, Morena, Nascimento, Lebusa, Langerman, Kekana (c), Jali, Maboe, Lakay, Sirino, Brockie. SUBS: Pieterse, Mabunda, Ngcongca, Meza, Madisha, Mahlambi, Zwane.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Absa Premiership clash between Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates at Loftus Versfeld. It's arguably the two favourites for the title going head to head.
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