Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer feels his side had chances to beat Mamelodi Sundowns before succumbing to a 1-0 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns.
New centre-back Brian Onyango scored the only goal of the game with a deft header from a set-piece on 35 minutes.
Pirates created a number of opportunities throughout the tie and posted 14 efforts at goal and four on target.
They were, however, unable to penetrate the Downs defence, leaving Bucs in fifth place on the DStv Premiership standings with 13 points and Sundowns at the top of the table with 21 points - but having played a game more.
Speaking after the tie, Zinnbauer told SuperSport: "Set-pieces, goal, it's always difficult.
"We know against Sundowns. All the little luck I think in the first half we were good in the game. We had a lot of opportunities to score a first goal. Second half we did what we can. Played forward, chances yes. But not enough of the final shot or final pass.
"We gave it all in our last 20 minutes. And when you do that, they could hit us on the counter. Then we had a little luck. I'm disappointed. We did a lot of work, it was not a bad performance. But yeah we had not the goal that we need. I think if we scored in the first half, we could have won the game."
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