Orlando Pirates earned their first win in three games after beating Polokwane City 3-2 in the Absa Premiership down in Soweto tonight - while Mamelodi Sundowns defeated AmaZulu in Pretoria.
Coach Rhulani Mokwena started with a 4-3-3 formation that had the man of the moment Gabadinho Mhango as the central striker.
City grabbed a shock lead on 12 minutes through a headed corner kick by Charlton Mashumba after Pirates’ poor set-piece organization.
Pirates then went level on 34 minutes via the penalty spot. Mhango converted the kick but some crazy drama quickly occured. City’s Puleng Tlolane lashed at Thembinkosi Lorch before the two players had a go at each other and forced the referee to send both players out with straight red cards.
Bucs coach Mokwena began the second half with two substitutes that would later win the game. Mhango was off for Kabelo Dlamini while Tshegofatso Mabasa replaced Xola Mlambo.
Mabasa delivered immediate impact when he quickly pounced on a ball inside City’s box to score on 65 minutes. Dlamini made it 3-1 after picking up a pass on the edge of the opposition box to sweep wonderfully with his left foot on 76 minutes.
Rise & Shine pulled one back through Mpho Mvelase on the stroke of 90 minutes, but it was too late as Pirates ended the evening with maximum points.
Sundowns 1-0 AmaZulu
Up the road in Pretoria, Sundowns returned to winning ways. The Champions bounced back from their league loss to Golden Arrows to defeat the struggling Usuthu. The game's only game came via the boot of Ali Meza on the stroke of half time - thanks to a calm and clever Sibusiso Vilakazi assist.
The win kept Kabo Yellow second on the log and reduced Kaizer Chiefs lead to seven points. Pitso Mosimane's men now switch attention to the CAF Champions League. Sundowns will welcome Angola's Petro de Luanda on Saturday night in Tshwane.
Pirates will next travel to Baroka FC next Saturday 7 December while City will host Bloemfontein Celtic this Saturday.