Violence erupts as Sundowns lead Pirates 6-0


Percy Tau of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates goal with teammates during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Free State Stars at Loftus Stadium, Pretoria South Africa on 03 December 2016.

JOHANNESBURG - Fans vented their fury with a pitch invasion as a rampant Mamelodi Sundowns took a 6-0 lead against Orlando Pirates at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

The match was stopped with approximately eight minutes remaining. 



Stan Swart, match adjudicator, indicated that the authorities would assess whether it would be possible to complete the game.

The match started uneventfully, and it was 20 minutes before Themba Zwane latched onto a low cross from Khama Billiat and scored past Pirates goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane.

Sundowns doubled their lead in the 42nd minute when Billiat again set up the second goal, his incisive pass allowing Percy Tau an easy finish.

Ricardo Nascimento scored the third goal for Sundowns from the penalty spot in the 62nd minute after James Okwusa had brought down Tau.

Tiyani Mabunda put through Thapelo Morena for Sundowns fourth goal in the 69th minute, with Pirates looking stunned.

Morena made it 5-0 in the 76th minute as Pirates fans began venting their anger on the touchlines.

With Tau’s sixth goal in the 81st minute, Pirates fans had had enough, and the pitch invasion began.

The match resumed at approximately 6.10pm, with Pirates seemingly determined to up their performance as they forced Sundowns keeper Denis Onyango to work hard to keep a clean sheet.

Pirates rattled the crossbar in the 89th minute, but ultimately were unable to penetrate 'Downs defense, with the match ending 6-0.











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