Bucs dominate possession for 2-1 win

2010-08-23 00:00

POSSESSION play and some fine finishing by Isaac Chansa and Daine Klate saw Orlando Pirates run out 2-1 winners over Santos in a MTN8 quarter-final match yesterday afternoon at the Orlando Stadium

The first 45 minutes saw the Buccaneers start really strongly as they used the width of the pitch to attack down the flanks and kept hold of the ball really well with some swift and accurate passing.

The Soweto-based side dominated the possession stakes, controlling the midfield battle, and came close to the opening goal as early as the seventh minute. Klate whipped in a teasing cross, which Isaac Chansa rose to meet, but his header went inches wide of the target.

Thereafter, Pirates continued to press forward and it was only a matter of time before they took the lead. The man to find the game’s first goal was Chansa in the 19th minute.

Chansa drove down the left flank before cutting inside and unleashing a beautiful shot from just outside the 18-yard area that curled into the top right hand corner of the net, 1-0.

The Buccaneers continued to dominate as Santos virtually looked non-existent. That was until a mistake by the Soweto side’s defence allowed the People’s Team to find the equaliser in the 34th minute.

A poor pass by Pirates gifted possession to Santos, who quickly set about on a counterattack, supplying an inch-perfect pass for Jurie Basie to run on to. Basie made no mistake burying the ball past Moneeb Josephs from about 12 metres out — 1-1.

That goal seemed to raise the confidence of the People’s Team as they began playing better football and finished the half the stronger of the two sides.

The second half saw Santos start where they had left off as they took firm control of the game, but were unable to create any clear-cut chances on goal.

Then in the 62nd minute, somewhat against the run of play, Pirates regained the lead after some sloppy defending by Santos.

Teko Modise whipped in a corner-kick that found its way across the face of goal and to Klate at the back post. The newly-signed Pirates man did not hesitate to fire the ball home from an acute angle, only a couple of yards out, to put Bucs 2-1 ahead.

With the Buccaneers regaining the lead their play seemed to pick up and once again they began playing some nice possession football as Santos struggled to get hold of the ball.

Chansa came close to sealing matters in the 80th minute when he drove into the box and tried to chip the rushing goalie, but unfortunately he saw his shot bounce off the crossbar and out of play.

The game finished 2-1 in favour of Bucsand sees them move into the semis of the MTN8, along with Ajax, Moroka Swallows and Kaizer Chiefs.

Orlando Pirates (1) 2 (Chansa 19’, Klate 62’)

Santos (1) 1 (Basie 34’)

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