In-form Orlando Pirates reclaim PSL second spot with TS Galaxy win as Riveiro emulates Zinnbauer
- Dzvukamanja and Hotto netted for Bucs
- It is the Buccaneers' sixth successive win
- The Soweto giants will now face Royal AM
WHAT HAPPENED?: The Buccaneers recorded their sixth successive win in the league in a game played at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.
Pirates got off to the perfect start as they took the lead as early as the second minute when the in-form Terrence Dzvukamanja headed home Kabelo Dlamini's corner-kick.
However, parity was restored in the 39th minute when Given Msimango headed home Lindokuhle Mbatha who had delivered a quality corner-kick.
Deon Hotto proved to be the hero for the visitors as the Namibia international netted with a header from close range in the 58th minute to seal Pirates' 2-1 win.
Terrence Dzvukamanja's last seven #DStvPremiership matches— Austin Ditlhobolo (@A_B_Ditlhobolo) April 30, 2023
⚽ vs TS Galaxy
⚽ vs Cape Town City
✖️ vs Chippa United
⚽ vs Richards Bay
⚽ vs Swallows FC
✖️ vs Kaizer Chiefs
⚽ vs Maritzburg United pic.twitter.com/Iy82dZopiu
A BIG WIN 🥺— GOAL South Africa (@GOALcomSA) April 30, 2023
Orlando Pirates 2🆚TS Galaxy 1
✅Sixth successive league win
✅Back into the second spot#PSL pic.twitter.com/diLTpk6ZwY
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Riveiro became the first Pirates coach to lead the Soweto giants to six consecutive victories in the league since 2020 when Josef Zinnbauer masterminded six wins in a row.
The win over the Rockets elevated the Buccaneers to the second spot on the PSL standings - two points clear of third-placed SuperSport United with three games left.
The runners-up spot is up for grabs with Mamelodi Sundowns having already clinched the league championship.
WHAT IS NEXT FOR PIRATES?: The Buccaneers are set to welcome Royal AM at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday as PSL action continues.
Pirates have never lost to Royal and they have won their last two matches against Thwihli Thwahla.