Pirates lose 2-1 to Aces


Orlando Pirates lost 2-1 to the Mpumalanga Black Aces in their ABSA Premier Soccer League (PSL) match at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Tuesday night.

Pirates coach, Vladimir Vermezovic, said that he was disappointed with the outcome of the match, adding that his team did not play hard enough.

"First half we were too shy, we weren't aggressive, we weren't smart in the middle of the camp. We started the second half much better but it wasn't good enough," Vermezovic said.

The Buccaneers had possession of the ball for most of the game, giving them many opportunities to score goals. However, they did not make a good enough effort on the field.

“Again we made silly mistakes on set-pieces, it's the ninth goal we have conceded from set-pieces and we're working on it but simply [something] is not working," he added.

The win for Aces has secured them a second place ranking on the PSL log with 15 points, after playing nine games this season.

Speaking after the match, Aces coach Clive Baker, said that he was proud of his team, and that their quality of play was nothing short of perfect.  

"I thought we dominated the first half, I really thought we kept the ball nicely, the shape was there, and everything was going the right way,” Barker said.

“Then they got the penalty, it did change things a little bit for them, we went one nil up, then they came back and I thought the next goal was really going to be important, which it was, and fortunately we got our first penalty in two years so we were delighted about that.”

The Buccaneers will face Ajax Cape Town at the Orlando Stadium for the Telkom Knockout quarterfinal on Saturday, while Aces clash with Amazulu in their next PSL match on the 1st of November at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.


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