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Pirates Advance To Confed Cup Final

CAF Confederation Cup

Score: Al Ahly 3-4 Orlando Pirates

Date: 04 October 2015

Venue: Suez Army Stadium

Orlando Pirates progressed to the CAF Confederation Cup final after securing a 4-3 win over Al Ahly in their second leg tie on Sunday evening.

The hosts dictated play as they did in the first leg, while Al Ahly striker, John Antwi, caused a few problems for the Buccaneers defence.

Al Ahly squandered a chance to break the deadlock in the 34th minute when Malick Evouna blasted over from six-yards out, after being teed up by Antwi.

Eric Tinkler's men were pegged back in their own half for most of the opening half, although the Pirates defence thwarted the hosts' every attack.

Pirates started seeing more of the ball as the half drew to a close, although their final ball was not up to par.

However, the home side broke the deadlock on the stroke of halftime as Evouna sprung the offside trap, before rounding Ovono to slot into an empty net.

Al Ahly nearly doubled their advantage in the 50th minute Evouna placed his effort wide of the mark with only Ovono to beat.

However, Evouna made up for the miss a minute later when he rose well to head home a cross from the right to make it 2-0 to Al Ahly.

Substitute Kermit Erasmus made an immediate impact in the 57th minute, as he curled home a sublime effort from the edge of the area to reduce the deficit.

Pirates eventually leveled matters in the 73rd minute when Thamsanqa Gabuza powered his way into the box, before seeing his effort deflect into the far corner.

The Buccaneers then went ahead in the 86th minute when Thabo Matlaba pounced on some poor defending to slot into the bottom corner.

Al Ahly did level matters in stoppage time but it wasn't enough, as Rakhale secured the win in stoppage time and helped the Buccaneers claim a 5-3 aggregate win.

Here's how they lined-up:

Al Ahly:  Ekrami; Ali, Samir, Naguib, Rahil; Ashour, Fathi, Zakareya, El-Said; Antwi, Evouna

Orlando Pirates: Ovono, Matlaba, Jele, Mahamutsa, Gcaba, Masalesa, Ntshumayelo, Makola, Myeni, Majoro, Gabuza

 

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