SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates played an entertaining 1-1 draw in their DStv Premiership clash at Lucas Moripe Stadium.
Matsatsantsa were keen to return to winning ways after drawing 1-1 with Kaizer Chiefs in a PSL clash over the weekend and also avenge their 2-1 defeat to Pirates in the first round match in November 2020.
The result sees second-placed Matsatsantsa close the gap to leaders Mamelodi Sundowns to three points (though the champions now have two games in hand), while the Buccaneers move up to fourth place, a further four points back from the summit.
Pirates claimed the lead as early as the 10th minute, with Vincent Pule receiving the ball just inside the penalty area from Deon Hotto, skipping past one challenge and then scoring with a shot which deflected off defender Thatayaone Ditlhokwe and gave United goalkeeper Ronwen Williams no chance.
The visitors suffered an injury blow just past the midway point of the first half when influential attacker Thembinkosi Lorch limped off. He was replaced by promising youngster Azola Tshobeni.
A goal down at the interval, SuperSport made a change at the start of the second half when they introduced Guily Manziba in place of Kudakwashe Mahachi in an effort to spark their attack into life. Tebogo Mokoena and Evans Rusike followed soon after.
Then Matsatsantsa deservedly drew level in the 66th minute. Ghampani Lungu found himself in space on the left of the penalty area and fired in a low shot-cross which was sliced into his own net by Ben Motshwari.
Pirates should have snatched a late winning goal when Hotto's low effort beat Williams, but Luke Fleurs made a crucial goal-line clearance in stoppage time to ensure that the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
Meanwhile TS Galaxy continued their strong run of form in the DStv Premiership when they defeated Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.
Lindokuhle Mbatha scored the only goal of the game as the Rockets claimed a third win from their last five matches (a stretch in which they are also unbeaten) and moved up to ninth place on the log, displacing both Kaizer Chiefs and their opponents Phunya Sele Sele, who drop to 11th after a seventh loss of the campaign.
Galaxy will return to DStv Premiership action on Tuesday, 2 March with a match at home to Swallows FC, while Celtic will be away to Orlando Pirates the next day.
Elsewhere Kaizer Chiefs match against Tshakhuma FC scheduled for the 02nd of March 2021 has been postponed due to CAF commitments.