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News24.com | Orlando Pirates held to frustrating draw by SuperSport as both sides drop points in title race

Paseka Mako of Orlando Pirates challenges Gamphani Lungu of Supersport United during the DStv Premiership match between SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates.

Paseka Mako of Orlando Pirates challenges Gamphani Lungu of Supersport United during the DStv Premiership match between SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates.

SuperSport United held Orlando Pirates to a frustrating 1-1 draw at the Lucas Moripe Stadium as both sides failed to close the gap on pace-setters Mamelodi Sundonws in the PSL title race.

An own goal by Ben Motshwari cancelled out Vincent Pule’s first-half strike as the Buccaneers remain in fourth position in the standings with SuperSport in second spot.

Pirates got off to the perfect start as winger Vincent Pule struck in the 10th minute as he pulled off a neat turn to score with a left-footed finish past goalkeeper Ronwen Williams.

Pirates had their tails up after their opening goal and looked the more likely of the two sides to score again with defender Thulani Hlatshwayo going close at the back post.

The Buccaneers suffered a setback when Josef Zinnbauer was forced into an early change in the 25th minute as Azola Tshobeni replaced the injured Thembinkosi Lorch who looked to suffer a groin problem.

Pirates remained in the ascendancy for the remainder of the half as the two sides reached the half-time interval with the Buccaneers holding a deserved lead.

SuperSport United made a spell of dominance tell as they grabbed a valuable equaliser in the 66th minute as a shot across goal by Ghampani Lungu was turned into his own net by Ben Motshwari.

Deon Hotto had a great chance to give Pirates the lead again in the 80th minute as he blasted a close-range effort over the crossbar after some excellent work by Siphesihle Ndlovu.

Pirates were left to relying on shots from range in the dying minutes of the game as both sides continued to cancel each other out.

The away side nearly snatched a goal late in the 89th minute as Deon Hotto directed the ball goalwards to an empty net but the retreating Luke Fleurs managed to pull off a goal-line clearance.

That’s how the game finished with the two sides sharing the spoils.

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