Full time at Loftus Versveld Stadium and Pirates have come away with a 3-1 win after Memela scored in the second half to add to Nyauza and Makola's first half strikes. Tau pulled one back for the hosts late in the first half but it wasn't enough.
Yellow card for Mabokgwane as the Pirates keeper is deemed to be wasting time by the referee.
GOAL! Memela recieves the ball on the edge of the box and drops his shoulder to the defender before shifting the ball to his left foot to strike towards the top corner. No chance for Onyango in the Sundowns goal. 1-3.
Sundowns have a free kick on the right wing and Tau looks to deliver for the hosts. Mabokgwane looks to come out again and misjudges again, but the danger is averted as it clears the men at the far post and goes out for a goal kick.
Substitution for Pirates as Makola is replaced by Munetsi.
Pirates continue to press as they look to regain their two-goal lead. Sundowns stand off of the visitors and it allows Makola to shoot from range but his powerful effort is well stopped by Onyango.
Sundowns whip a corner into the box which Mabokgwane looks to come out for but he misjudges it poorly. The hosts can't take advatage, however, as the header at goal goes well wide.
Mabokgwane with a bit of work to do as Sundowns look to shoot from range on a couple of occasions, but the keeper saves easily.
CHANCE! Tau heads the ball on for Laffor who is in space inside the box and looks to shoot with just the keeper to beat, but he skies his effort over the bar.
Sundowns work the free kick short as it's laid off for Tau to shoot at goal, but the effort from the Sundowns forward goes high and wide.
Yellow card for Nyauza after he cynically pulled back Tau on the edge of the box after the Sundowns man dispossessed him. Nyauza could be a bit lucky as he was the last man.
Close for Sundowns as Laffor is nearly found unmarked in the centre of the box with a cross from right midfield, but Pirates head away for the corner. The corner in the box doesn't challenge the Buccaneer defence as they head away comfortably.
Substitution for Sundowns as Laffor comes on to replace Vilakazi.
CHANCE! Pirates shift the ball with purpose as they manage to get to the Sundowns byline before it's cut back for Memela to shoot first time, but the effort goes inches wide of the near post.
Substitution for Pirates as Lorch comes on to replace Shonga.
No chances to speak of as yet. Pirates have been able to get up the pitch and have a few attempts at the Sundowns defence but they aren't able to penetrate. Most of the play happening in midfield at the moment.
It's been a good start to the second half for Sundowns with the hosts looking to get forward immediately, but they aren't able to penetrate the Pirates defence. Tau nearly has a chance as he turns and shoots from close range, but it's blocked.
We're back underway for the second half with neither side making any changes at the break.
Half time at Loftus Versveld Stadium and it's 2-1 to Pirates at the break after two early goals from Nyauza and Makola gave the visitors a 2-0 lead before Tau was on hand to reduce the deficit to one shortly before half time.
Memela with another strike from range for the Buccaneers as they keep the pressure on, but his well-struck effort is straight at Onyango and the keeper can save easily.
WOODWORK! Pirates break as they have done all half and have Sundowns' defenders backtracking. Memela is found on the edge of the box and looks to shoot with a beautiful effort at goal but it strikes the post and Sundowns clear.
GOAL! Tau holds the ball up well on the right side before playing Zwane into the box, who then took a touch and passed the ball into space just inside the box for Tau to run onto it and shoot into the corner. 1-2.
Pirates have had the better possession in the last few minutes with the likes of Tau for Sundowns not seeing much of it. Not chances as Pirates have only been able to put in a few aimless crosses, with Onyango not tested.
CHANCE! Pirates are clean through as a long flat kick from Mabokgwane finds Memela, who has support on his left with just the keeper to beat, but he lobs his effort over the goal as Sundowns survive.
CLOSE! Pirates work another corner brilliantly as it's chipped towards the near post before being brought down and played towards the edge of the box towards Kutumela, who shoots at goal but his effort goes just wide.
CHANCE! Another opportunity for Masandawana as Langerman bursts into the left side of the box with space and looks to shoot low for the bottom far corner but his effort goes a metre or two wide.
We're back underway after the water break.
Sundowns have created enough chances to warrant a goal but the hosts have been poor in front of goal and it's cost them. We're into a water break as the players hydrate on a warm day in Pretoria.
GOAL! Sundowns give the ball away poorly at the back as Shonga intercepts before laying it off for Makola who shoots low and into the corner from the edge of the box. 0-2.
Tau produces a brilliant run into the box from midfield before looking to strike towards the far post with Vilakazi bursting a lung to get into the box and tap the ball in, but it goes through the crowd and it's a goal kick for Pirates.
SAVE! Mabokgwane is busy once more as he's required to deny Tau after the forward was found with a chip in behind the defence and headed for goal from close range, but the Pirates stopper gets down well to save.
CHANCE! Sundowns with another chance from the resulting corner after the ball is cleared by the visitors towards the edge of the box where Mabunda looks to shoot first time, but Mabokgwane pushes the ball over the bar.
CHANCE! Sundowns put the pressure on and the ball reaches Zwane and he looks to shoot low from close range, but Mabokgwane makes a great save with his legs to put the ball out for a corner.
Sundowns seem a bit rattled by the intense start from Pirates. The hosts have been a bit sloppy in midfield at times, allowing Pirates to break forward. They have had most of the possession but haven't been able to create a chance as yet.
GOAL! It's the perfect start for the Buccaneers after the visitors worked a corner kick short before crossing low into a crowded box. The ball goes through to Nyauza who takes a touch before firing in from close range. 0-1.
We're underway at Loftus Versveld!
It's first vs sixth this afternoon as Masandawana look to extend their lead at the top of the table. The Buccaneers are 8 points behind the leaders and will be hoping for a win to keep their title hopes alive.
Pirates XI: Mabokgwane, Shitolo, Nyauza, Dube, Maela, Mobara, Nyatama, Makola, Memela, Kutumela, Shonga.
Subs: Mpontshane, Maphanga, Munetsi, Lorch, Norodien, Nkosi, Foster.
Sundowns XI: Onyango, Langerman, Madisha, Nascimento, S.Zwane, Manyisa, Kekana, Mabunda, Vilakazi, T.Zwane, Tau.
Subs: Brimah, Lebese, Hachi, Makgalwa, Arendse, Sekotlong, Laffor.
Good afternoon and welcome to our coverage of the PSL fixture between Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates from Loftus Versveld Stadium.
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