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As it happened: Wits 0-1 Orlando Pirates

2019-04-06 17:00
Last Updated at 16:42
06 Apr 17:03

That is all folks, thank you for choosing Sport24 to catch this epic Absa Premiership clash between Wits and Orlando Pirates.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

06 Apr 16:59
Happy Jele has been named the man-of-the-match ...
06 Apr 16:58

FULL-TIME! 

And that's it, at the death Orlando Pirates claim a pivotal victory and are within a chance to claim the Absa Premiership crown. 

06 Apr 16:56

Keegan Ritchie heads in an own goal following a teasing cross from a Pirates free-kick.

WOW!

06 Apr 16:54
93' GOAL! GOAL! GOAL!
06 Apr 16:54
92' Murray is on for Wits to replace Dzvukumanja.
06 Apr 16:54
91' YELLOW! This time Majoro is booked for a sliding tackle. That was silly and he just came on.
06 Apr 16:52
90' Three minutes of additional time added on ...
06 Apr 16:49
88' Hotto with a terrible corner-kick ... 
06 Apr 16:49
86' CHANCE! A set-piece is taken by Ritchie and he curls it past the wall, but unfortunately also past the posts. Decent effort. 
06 Apr 16:47
84' YELLOW! Pirates' third booking of the match! This time it'ss Motshwari who is cautioned for a dangerous foul.
06 Apr 16:44
82' CHANCE! Mulenga struggles to find his balance and trips over his own feet instead of firing a shot at the Wits goal.
06 Apr 16:41
80' TEN minutes to go. 
06 Apr 16:38
77' Substitutes have changed the match immediately ...
06 Apr 16:37
74' Hunt now ringing in the changes as he introduces Majoro for Motupa.
06 Apr 16:31
71' SUB: Qalinga replaces Gabuza.
06 Apr 16:30
70' It's been a relatively cautious game for both sides as we head into the final minutes of the match can things change?
06 Apr 16:28
68' Ritchie receives a yellow card and will miss Wits' next league match.
06 Apr 16:28
67' Hotto is introduced to the fold while Mhango heads to the bench.
06 Apr 16:27
64' Gabuza is down injured and being attended to ...
06 Apr 16:24
61' Ndengane finds himself being booked ...
06 Apr 16:24
59' WHAT A CHANCE! Pirates mess up a golden opportunity, as three of their forwards are unable to get a clear shot at goal.
06 Apr 16:22
56' YELLOW! Dzvukumanja earns himself a booking for a sliding tackle after being attended to by the medical staff.
06 Apr 16:17
53' So far, this fixture has had minimal proper action as the stop-starts continue. Too many fouls in the game. 
06 Apr 16:17
50' Meanwhile, Wits have only won five of their 12 home games this season. However, Pirates have not beaten Wits at this venue since 2013.
06 Apr 16:12
47' Just a reminder that both outfits trail leaders Mamelodi Sundowns by three points though with the Brazilians facing a possible points deduction. So a win for either side could prove vital in their quest for PSL crown.
06 Apr 16:04
45' Second-half is underway ...
06 Apr 15:50
HALF-TIME!
06 Apr 15:49
46' CHANCE! Mhango, who finds himself on the edge of the penalty area, whips his curling shot past Sandilands but just wide of the target. 
06 Apr 15:46
45' Three minutes of additional time added on ...
06 Apr 15:46
44' GABUZAAAA! Mulenga whips in a teething cross and the forward somehow scuffs up the chance to give Pirates the lead.
06 Apr 15:42
40' Scores still goalless ...
06 Apr 15:41
36' A bit of struggle in this match for the players as we have another stoppage in play. This time it's a clash of heads between two players.
06 Apr 15:35
31' CHANCE! After the free-kick hits the wall, the ball falls into the path of Mulenga and the Zambian international sees his effort whizz past the upright. 
06 Apr 15:32
29' Strange call by the referee as he issues a free-kick to Pirates after Wits keeper Gross takes excessively long to continue play despite the ball being outside his penalty area after a free-kick.
06 Apr 15:26
25' Mulenga receives a yellow card for the challenge and will miss Pirates next match against Black Leopards.
06 Apr 15:24
23' Nasty tackle as Mulenga charges down Buhle and has his boot extremely high. Both players down. Hlatshwayo furious along with coach Gavin Hunt. 
06 Apr 15:21
20' Score still goalless at Bidvest Wits Stadium ...
06 Apr 15:20
15' Sandilands is down after a collision in the penalty area with Jele and Motupa and we have a stoppage in play.
06 Apr 15:20
13' CHANCE! A long range shot from Alexander after another patient Wits build-up is well off target.
06 Apr 15:19
10' Wits secure a free-kick after a foul on Mhango and unfortunately, it amounts to nothing.
06 Apr 15:12
7' Wits slowly finding their rhythm and seeing a chunk of the ball as Pirates sit back.
06 Apr 15:08
5' CHANCE! Ritchie lets an effort go well wide of the target.
06 Apr 15:04
3' Sun is shining in Johannesburg today as Pirates control the opening stages of the games. 
 
  • 95'

    FULL-TIME: BIDVEST WITS 0-1 ORLANDO PIRATES. How did Pirates steal this in the last minute after a very lacklustre performance this afternoon. That is football and they take the three points. Thank you for joining us.

  • 94'

    GOAL, ORLANDO PIRATES, RITCHIE (OG)! (0-1). Pirates secure a set-piece in a dangerous position. They take it and then Keegan Ritchie scores what is probably the most brilliant header past his own keeper. That will be that for Wits! What an own goal!

  • 93'

    SUBSTITUTION: Murray is on for Wits to replace Dzvukumanja.

  • 92'

    YELLOW! This time Majoro is booked for a sliding tackle. That was silly and he just came on.

  • 90'

    We will have three minutes of time added on for stoppages.

  • 88'

    Wits secure a corner after a deflection off Mulenga. Once again the set-piece is wasted. The execution of set-pieces from both teams have been poor!

  • 86'

    The subsequent Wits set-piece is taken by Ritchie and he curls it past the wall, but unfortunately for him also past the posts.

  • 84'

    YELLOW! A third booking for Pirates! This time Motshwari is booked for a dangerous foul.

  • 82'

    Mulenga trips over his own feet instead of firing a shot at the Wits goal. That has been their story this afternoon.

  • 79'

    Both teams are now finally looking to up the ante, as the minutes pass away.

  • 76'

    The substitutes have certainly made an early impact to both teams.

  • 74'

    SUBSTITUTION: Majoro is on for Wits against his old team to replace Motupa.

  • 70'

    SUBSTITUTION: Pirates now make a change and Qalinga is on to replace Gabuza.

  • 68'

    YELLOW! Ritchie is booked for Wits and he will also miss their next game.

  • 67'

    SUBSTITUTION: Wits make their first change and Hotto is on to replace Mhango.

  • 66'

    Both Pirates and Wits are very cautious at the moment. Will we see a goal to break the deadlock?

  • 64'

    This time Gabuza is down injured and we have another stoppage in play.

  • 61'

    YELLOW! Ndengane is booked for a cynical foul and he will also miss the next Pirates game as a result of this booking. They are not helping their cause.

  • 59'

    Pirates mess up a golden opportunity, as three of their forwards are unable to get a clear shot at goal in. How did they do that?

  • 56'

    YELLOW! We have a stoppage in play due to an injury to Dzvukumanja, who also earns himself a booking for a sliding tackle.

  • 53'

    Wits have only won five of their 12 home games this season. However Pirates have not beaten Wits at this venue since 2013.

  • 49'

    Pirates have dominated possession in the opening minutes of the second half. The new Wits keeper Goss has had a poor game thus far. Can he improve and prove us wrong?

  • 46'

    Kick-off! We are back underway in the second half. The teams are unchanged after the break.

  • 45'

    We will have three minutes of time added on for stoppages.

  • 45'

    Dube is dispossessed and Wits launch a counter-attack. Excellent defending by the Pirates captain Jele then prevents Motupa from getting in a shot at goal. Great work!

  • 45'

    HALF-TIME: BIDVEST WITS 0-0 ORLANDO PIRATES. A stop-start half comes to an end and we are still goalless. Wits have dominated possession, while Pirates finished the half strongly.

  • 43'

    Pirates have definitely improved towards the latter end of this half.

  • 41'

    WIDE! Two Pirates players get into each others way in the Wits box and the final shot at goal from Gabuza is deflected for a corner. It is easily cleared.

  • 39'

    Pirates have been poor when in possession of the ball and their passes have not been accurate. Their coach will have to have a stern word at the break.

  • 36'

    We have another stoppage in play. This time it's a clash of heads between two players.

  • 34'

    JUSTICE? The free-kick amounts to nothing and Wits clear. What a waste by Pirates after almost receiving a gift.

  • 31'

    A mistake by the Wits keeper leads to a free-kick inside his penalty area. The referee says it's for time-wasting, but we are not sure why it is inside the box.

  • 28'

    Mulenga sends in a good cross to Gabuza, who earns a corner for Pirates. Wits secure a free-kick after the corner.

  • 25'

    YELLOW! We have another stoppage in play. This time Mulenga and Mkhwanazi are involved in a collision. Mulenga was at fault and his foot was too high. He will now miss the next Pirates game as a result of this booking.

  • 22'

    Another Wits free-kick in a really good position hits the wall and Pirates come away with it.

  • 20'

    We are still goalless after the first 20 minutes of play.

  • 19'

    Wits have won seven of their last eight matches against Orlando Pirates. Can they maintain their recent dominance against the Buccaneers?

  • 17'

    Pirates have been unable to string any meaningful passes together in the last 15 minutes after that initial burst.

  • 14'

    The Pirates keeper is down after a collision in the penalty area and we have a stoppage in play.

  • 13'

    Wits secure the first corner of the game after a deflection and Pirates manage to clear it.

  • 12'

    A long range shot from Alexander after another patient Wits build-up is well off target.

  • 9'

    Wits secure a free-kick after a foul on Mhango and unfortunately it amounts to nothing.

  • 6'

    Despite the fast start from Pirates it is Wits who have enjoyed the bulk of the early possession.

  • 3'

    Pirates start the game at the same fast pace they played against Mamelodi Sundowns last week.

  • 1'

    Kick-off! We are underway here in Braampark after a minute of silence to pay respect following the death of Sinethemba Jantjie in a car accident.

  • 0'

    Welcome to the Bidvest Stadium for our live coverage of this important ABSA Premiership clash between Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates.

  • 0'

    Wits are currently second on the table, while Pirates are in third position, with only a point separating the teams.

  • 0'

    In their last game Pirates had to settle for a goalless draw at home against the top of the table Mamelodi Sundowns, while Wits beat Bloemfontein Celtic at the Dr Molemela Stadium on the 15th of March.

  • 0'

    These teams have faced each other 19 times in the past. Wits have won eight of these games and Pirates six, with five of them ending in draws.

  • 0'

    Team Bidvest WIts: 23. Goss, 3. Hlatshwayo, 15. Mkhwanazi, 2. Mere, 13. Hlanti, 8. Monare, 17. Alexander, 37. Dzvukumanja, 36. Ritchie, 10. Mhango, 24. Motupa. Subs: 16. Keet, 4. Nonyane, Kumalo, 7. Pelembe, 11. Hotto, 9. Murray, 45. Majoro.

  • 0'

    Team Orlando Pirates: 30. Sandilands, 4. Jele, 21. Ndengane, 23. Maela, 28. Dube, 27. Motshwari, 14. Nyatama, 11. Memela, 12. Shonga, 17. Mulenga., 31. Gabuza. Subs: 40. Mpontshane, 33. Munetsi, 44. Mabaso, 29. Mako, 45. Mobara, 15. Qalinge, 5. Makola.

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Bidvest Wits Orlando Pirates
  • 0 Goals 1
  • 3 Yellow Cards 4
    • 55' Terrence Dzvukamanja
    • 67' Keegan Ritchie
    • 90' Lehlohonolo Majoro
    • 26' Augustine Mulenga
    • 59' Thamsanqa Gabuza
    • 83' Ben Motshwari
    • 90' Amigo Memela
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Vuyo Mere
  • Thulani Hlatshwayo
  • Thabang Monare
  • Simon Murray
  • Gabadinho Mhango
  • Deon Hotto
  • Sfiso Hlanti
  • Buhle Mkhwanazi
  • Cole Alexander
  • Ricardo Goss
  • Gift Motupa
  • Keegan Ritchie
  • Terrence Dzvukamanja
  • Lehlohonolo Majoro
  • 2
  • 3
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 13
  • 15
  • 17
  • 23
  • 24
  • 27
  • 37
  • 45
  • 4
  • 11
  • 12
  • 14
  • 15
  • 17
  • 21
  • 23
  • 27
  • 28
  • 30
  • 31
  • 33
  • Happy Jele
  • Amigo Memela
  • Justin Shonga
  • Musa Nyatama
  • Thabo Qalinge
  • Augustine Mulenga
  • Alfred Ndengane
  • Innocent Maela
  • Ben Motshwari
  • Mthokozisi Dube
  • Wayne Sandilands
  • Thamsanqa Gabuza
  • Marshall Munetsi
Substitutions
Substitutions
  • Lehlohonolo Nonyane
  • Elias Pelembe
  • Darren Keet
  • Sibusiso Kumalo
  • 4
  • 7
  • 16
  • 22
  • 5
  • 18
  • 29
  • 40
  • 44
  • Mpho Makola
  • Abbubaker Mobara
  • Paseka Mako
  • Siyabonga Mpontshane
  • Abel Mabaso

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