Orlando Pirates came from a goal down to beat arch rivals Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 in a scintillating Soweto Derby encounter at the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
It was the 164th Soweto Derby meeting between the giants of South African football since their first meeting back in 1970.
The Buccaneers who were on the back-foot in the first 20 minutes, stretched their unbeaten run against the Amakhosi to 10 matches, which now dates as far back as December 2014.
Giovanni Solinas’ charges opened the lead through talisman Khama Billiat in the 15th minute after Godfrey Walusimbi whipped in a cross which was misjudged by Siyabonga Mpontshane, allowing Billiat to pounce on the loose ball into an empty net.
Chiefs took control of the match for a few minutes thereon but a lapse in concentration saw them concede a penalty after Siyabonga Ngezana was adjudged to have brought down Augustine Mulenga in the box. Justin Shonga stepped up but Itumeleng Khune dived low to his right to save the spot kick.
Pirates then piled the pressure on Chiefs and got rewarded in the 29th minute when Innocent Maela drew his side level with a well-taken header into the bottom right corner.
Vincent Pule doubled his side’s lead three minutes later after Mulenga squared a beautiful pass into his path to tap into an empty net with Khune beaten.
The second stanza was dominated by Chiefs but they did little to bother the Bucs defence.
Pirates held on to claim the bragging rights for the first installment of the derby in this campaign.