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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!
And that's it, at the death Orlando Pirates claim a pivotal victory and are within a chance to claim the Absa Premiership crown.
Keegan Ritchie heads in an own goal following a teasing cross from a Pirates free-kick.
? ‘53 | Alexander gets into a tough tackle with Nyatama, both players are down receiving treatment. ???? Wits 0??-0?? Pirates ??#BidvestWits #AbsaPrem #Nakanjani— Bidvest Wits (@BidvestWits) April 6, 2019
? ‘53 | Alexander gets into a tough tackle with Nyatama, both players are down receiving treatment. ???? Wits 0??-0?? Pirates ??#BidvestWits #AbsaPrem #Nakanjani
Bucs with a chance as Gabuza turns inside the box and fires at goal. Goss is rooted to the spot as the shot goes agonizingly wide of his right hand upright— Orlando Pirates FC (@orlandopirates) April 6, 2019
Bucs with a chance as Gabuza turns inside the box and fires at goal. Goss is rooted to the spot as the shot goes agonizingly wide of his right hand upright
? ‘32 | Motupa hits one on the turn, but it goes just over the crossbar. ???? Wits 0??-0?? Pirates ??#BidvestWits #AbsaPrem #Nakanjani— Bidvest Wits (@BidvestWits) April 6, 2019
? ‘32 | Motupa hits one on the turn, but it goes just over the crossbar. ???? Wits 0??-0?? Pirates ??#BidvestWits #AbsaPrem #Nakanjani
Football. My blood. My life.— Ace Ncobo - Spot On (@AceNcobo) April 6, 2019
Football. My blood. My life.
? ‘28 | A counter attack by Pirates leads to a corner after Hlanti’s clearance. Wits defence stands firm. ???? Wits 0??-0?? Pirates ??#BidvestWits #AbsaPrem #Nakanjani— Bidvest Wits (@BidvestWits) April 6, 2019
? ‘28 | A counter attack by Pirates leads to a corner after Hlanti’s clearance. Wits defence stands firm. ???? Wits 0??-0?? Pirates ??#BidvestWits #AbsaPrem #Nakanjani
? ‘17 | Sandilands is down for a second time now. Receiving treatment again. ???? Wits 0??-0?? Pirates ??#BidvestWits #AbsaPrem #Nakanjani— Bidvest Wits (@BidvestWits) April 6, 2019
? ‘17 | Sandilands is down for a second time now. Receiving treatment again. ???? Wits 0??-0?? Pirates ??#BidvestWits #AbsaPrem #Nakanjani
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.
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!
SUBSTITUTION: Murray is on for Wits to replace Dzvukumanja.
YELLOW! This time Majoro is booked for a sliding tackle. That was silly and he just came on.
We will have three minutes of time added on for stoppages.
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!
The subsequent Wits set-piece is taken by Ritchie and he curls it past the wall, but unfortunately for him also past the posts.
YELLOW! A third booking for Pirates! This time Motshwari is booked for a dangerous foul.
Mulenga trips over his own feet instead of firing a shot at the Wits goal. That has been their story this afternoon.
Both teams are now finally looking to up the ante, as the minutes pass away.
The substitutes have certainly made an early impact to both teams.
SUBSTITUTION: Majoro is on for Wits against his old team to replace Motupa.
SUBSTITUTION: Pirates now make a change and Qalinga is on to replace Gabuza.
YELLOW! Ritchie is booked for Wits and he will also miss their next game.
SUBSTITUTION: Wits make their first change and Hotto is on to replace Mhango.
Both Pirates and Wits are very cautious at the moment. Will we see a goal to break the deadlock?
This time Gabuza is down injured and we have another stoppage in play.
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.
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?
YELLOW! We have a stoppage in play due to an injury to Dzvukumanja, who also earns himself a booking for a sliding tackle.
Wits have only won five of their 12 home games this season. However Pirates have not beaten Wits at this venue since 2013.
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?
Kick-off! We are back underway in the second half. The teams are unchanged after the break.
We will have three minutes of time added on for stoppages.
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!
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.
Pirates have definitely improved towards the latter end of this half.
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.
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.
We have another stoppage in play. This time it's a clash of heads between two players.
JUSTICE? The free-kick amounts to nothing and Wits clear. What a waste by Pirates after almost receiving a gift.
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.
Mulenga sends in a good cross to Gabuza, who earns a corner for Pirates. Wits secure a free-kick after the corner.
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.
Another Wits free-kick in a really good position hits the wall and Pirates come away with it.
We are still goalless after the first 20 minutes of play.
Wits have won seven of their last eight matches against Orlando Pirates. Can they maintain their recent dominance against the Buccaneers?
Pirates have been unable to string any meaningful passes together in the last 15 minutes after that initial burst.
The Pirates keeper is down after a collision in the penalty area and we have a stoppage in play.
Wits secure the first corner of the game after a deflection and Pirates manage to clear it.
A long range shot from Alexander after another patient Wits build-up is well off target.
Wits secure a free-kick after a foul on Mhango and unfortunately it amounts to nothing.
Despite the fast start from Pirates it is Wits who have enjoyed the bulk of the early possession.
Pirates start the game at the same fast pace they played against Mamelodi Sundowns last week.
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.
Welcome to the Bidvest Stadium for our live coverage of this important ABSA Premiership clash between Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates.
Wits are currently second on the table, while Pirates are in third position, with only a point separating the teams.
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.
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.
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.
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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