South Africa Orlando Pirates Beat Sundowns To Retain Nedbank Cup Title

Orlando Pirates successfully defended their Nedbank Cup title, defeating Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1 at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday evening.

The mat dech began with Sundowns playing highly high-pressure aggressive football; the squad profited on their opportunities and was even granted a penalty within the opening six minutes.

Sipho Chaine made an amazing save on Lucas Ribeiro’s penalty attempt.

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The intensity decreased as both teams settled in and became more collected.

Pirates began to appear alive, but Sundowns controlled the most of possession.

As the second half began, the Brazilians quickly scored through Themba Zwane.

Despite falling behind, the Buccaneers maintained their determination and earned a penalty kick in the 68th minute.

Patrick Maswanganyi took the effort and scored, sending Ronwen Williams the wrong way.

With 20 minutes of normal time remaining, the two teams were equal, and the Soweto squad was clearly still in the game.

In the last stages of normal time, both teams pressed for the winning goal but stayed tied. Pirates were awarded a free kick late in stoppage time.

The well-executed set piece brought teenager Relebohile Mofokeng in on goal, where he scored under pressure to give them the lead.

This gave Sundowns very little time to change the score.

Orlando Pirates won the Nedbank Cup again, and the stadium in Mbombela erupted with joy as the final whistle blew.

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