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Before kick-off, the players will observe a moment of silence for those who have lost their lives to Covid-19.
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Orlando Pirates XI: Sandilands, Mako, Maela, Jele, Nyauza, Pule, Motshwari, Mlambo Makaringe, Memela, Mhango. Subs: Delle, Ndengane, Mabaso, Zungu, Mntambo, Dlamini, Monyane, Mabasa, Mulenga.
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Wits XI: Goss; Hlanti, Gordinho, Hlatshwayo, Macheke, Alexander, Nange, Ritchie, Domingo, Hotto, Dzvukamanja. Subs: Mhlongo, Monare, Mkhwanazi, Eva Nga, Macuphu, Human, Sekgota, Mathebula, Mlonyeni.
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In their first game back since the restart, Orlando Pirates drew 0-0 with Mamelodi Sundowns, while Wits drew 1-1 with Chiefs.
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Wits begin the game in fifth position, two places and two points behind Orlando Pirates. Crucially, the Clever Boys have two games in hand over tonight's opponents as they look to challenge leaders Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns.
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Hello and welcome to our coverage of tonight's Absa Premiership clash between Orlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits, live from Ellis Park.
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KICK OFF: We're underway at Ellis Park.
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Pirates win the first corner of the game. Mhango's looping delivery goes to the back post. A shot comes in but it's deflected wide for another corner.
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Mhango's second delivery is cleared at the near post. Moments later Mhango produces a bit of skill but is fouled by Macheke. Pirates win a free-kick in a promising crossing position as a result.
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Chance! Maela takes the free-kick. It's a good delivery into the box but he can't find a teammates head and the ball goes wide of the Wits goal.
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Ten minutes gone here, Pirates have enjoyed the bulk of possession so far but haven't made Goss work yet.
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Wits win their first corner of the game. Domingo's inswinger is punched clear by Sandilands. The ball is recycled back into the box but Sandilands catches comfortably.
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Chance! Ritchie goes for goal on the edge of the area but it blazes over the bar.
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There's a brief break in play so that Dzvukamanja can receive treatment after a collision with Nyauza.
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Chance! Pule cuts inside from the right and fires in a powerful strike from range. Goss looked to have seen that late but he manages to tip it over. Corner for Pirates.
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Chance! The corner initially comes to nothing but Pirates work the ball back into the area. This time Mlambo twists and turns before forcing a save from Goss. Another corner for Pirates.
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Chance! Wits break quickly and spring a counter attack but the final ball is gathered by Sandilands.
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Booking: Alexander is booked for a high foot on Motshwari in midfield.
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Cooling break: The referee signals for the frst half drinks break.
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After an unusually long drinks break, we're back underway.
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Chance! Pule does well to bomb down the right and get to the ball ahead of the onrushing Goss. From a very tight angle, Pule attempts the score in the empty net but his shot hits the side netting.
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Pirates are playing some neat stuff here, with most of the game being played in Wits' final third.
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Chance! Domingo goes for a low drive from range but his shot is just wide.
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Booking: Makaringe is booking for bringing down Nange. This will be a shooting opportunity for Wits.
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HALF TIME: We're still goalless at the break and Wits will be the happier of the two sides with the scoreline.
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There will be three minutes of added time.
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SECOND HALF: We're back underway for the second half.
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POST! Right from kick off! A ball to the backpost is met by Domingo but he can't make clean contact and his effort hits the upright!
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Booking: Hlatshwayo is booked for a foul on Pule on the edge of the area.
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Chance! Memela fires in a shot from the resulting free-kick. The strike is inches too high and fizzes over.
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Substitution: Pirates make their first change. Mlambo makes way for Kabelo Dlamini.
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Booking: Mhango is booked for a foul on Domingo.
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Half a chance for Wits. There's a left-footed strike from Hotto but Jele heads clear before it can reach Sandilands.
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Booking: Maela goes into the book this time for a foul on Domingo. A needless foul. That's the fourth yellow card for Pirates so far.
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Substitution: Double change for Pirates as they look to find a winner. Mntambo and Zungu are on in place of Memela and Makaringe.
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Substitution: Wits make two further changes of their own now. Monare and Eva Nga are on in place of Domingo and Nange.
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Chance! Eva Nga has a tame shot from range but Sandilands easily gathers the low effort.
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SAVE! Mhango gets on the end of a well-worked Pirates move but his effort from close range is saved superbly by the outstretched hand of Goss. What a save!
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Cooling break: Gavin Hunt is using the quick break to give an extremely animated team talk to his men.
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Wits win a corner. The ball finds its way to the back post but the shot falls straight to Sandilands.
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Substitution: Sekgota is on for Hotto.
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We have ten minutes left here at Ellis Park, will there be a winner?
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Substitution: Monyane is on for Vincent Pule.
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Booking: Gordinho is booked, which means he will miss the next match.
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There will be five minutes of added time.
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Substitution: Wits make a late change. Mathebula replaces Human.
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FULL TIME: It ends goalless here at Ellis Park! Thanks for joining us.
Orlando Pirates
Bidvest Wits
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Goal Scorers
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Yellow Cards
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40' Fortune Ma...
56' Ntsikelelo...
58' Hellings M...
63' Innocent M...
23' Cole Alexa...
48' Thulani Hl...
91' Lorenzo Go...
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Red Cards
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Squad
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Happy Jele
Ntsikelelo ...
Ben Motshwari
Hellings Mh...
Luvuyo Memela
Fortune Mak...
Xola Mlambo
Innocent Maela
Paseka Mako
Wayne Sandi...
Maliele Pule
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Thulani Hla...
Haashim Dom...
Deon Hotto
Sfiso Hlanti
Phathutshed...
Cole Alexander
Ricardo Goss
Alton Macheke
Keegan Ritchie
Lorenzo Gor...
Terrence Dz...
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Reserves
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Joris Delle
Tshegofatso...
Augustine M...
Kabelo Dlamini
Nkanyiso Zungu
Bulelani Nd...
Onassis Mnt...
James Monyane
Ntuthuko Ma...
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Thabang Monare
Buhle Mkhwa...
Brighton Mh...
Evanga
Mxolisi Mac...
Rowan Human
Kigi
Mpho Mathebula
Lisakhanya ...