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CAF Champions League final: Orlando Pirates vs Al-Ahly – LIVE
Follow minute-by-minute commentary of the first leg of the African Champions League final between Orlando Pirates and Al-Ahly at Orlando Stadium on Saturday Nov 2, 2013, kick-off 18:30 (GMT).
Al-Ahly of Egypt aim for their eight CAF Champions League trophy while the Pirates of South Africa target their second, with their only triumph in 1995.
Al-Ahly XI (4-4-1-1): Sherif Ekramy, Sherif Abdel-Fadil, Wael Gomaa [c], Mohamed Naguib, Sayed Moawad; Ahmed Fathi, Hossam Ashour, Abdullah El-Said, Walid Soliman; Mohamed Abou-Treika; Ahmed Abdel-Zaher.
Orlando Pirates XI: Meyiwa, Jele [c], Matlaba, Gcaba, Mahamutsa, Jali, Segolela, Manyisa, Bacela, Klate, Myeni.
The game has started. A rare ‘full house’ Orlando Stadium. The first shot on target for the South Africans, handled well by Ekramy. Walid Soliman wins a corner for Al-Ahly. The corner leads to nothing. Another corner for Al-Ahly as Sherif Abdel-Fadil’s cross is intercepted.
Mohamed Naguib on the ground in pain; hopefully, nothing too serious.
11- Naguib back on the pitch.
14- Abdullah El-Said brought down on the edge of the box. Free-kick for Al-Ahly in a dangerous area.
15- GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL- Abou-Treika with a sumptuous free-kick.
15- That was one fantastic free-kick from ‘El Magico’, no way the keeper could stop it.
19- Orlando Pirates working tirelessly to break down the Ahly defence. Players like Soliman are dropping deep, exerting more and more pressure on the Pirates front men.
21- Astute tactical approach from Mohamed Youssef up to this point. Orlando Pirates trying these audacious long-range shots.
32- We have passed the half-hour mark, Orlando getting more and more dangerous.
34- Walid Soliman’s effort goes inches wide.
37- Walid Soliman on the ground receiving treatment, he has had a great game so far. Let’s hope he can keep it up.
42- Wael Gomaa with a reckless challenge near the touchline. Free-kick to the South Africans.
42- The lowly driven free-kick has been cleared.
45+1- Corner to Al-Ahly after Abdel-Zaher’s shot was saved.
45+2- Another corner to Al Ahly.
45+3- Walid Soliman brought down near the touchline, but the free-kick goes over the bar.
45+3- That is the end of the first half. HALF TIME: Orlando Pirates 0-1 Al Ahly.
Half-time comments: Al Ahly have defended really well, they’ve contained the South Africans. However, it’s imperative to keep the ball, the number of misplaced passes has been drastically increasing since the goal. Other than that, the ‘Red Devils’ have been absolutely fantastic. Let’s hope the lads can keep it up.
SECOND HALF KICKS OFF.
51- Abdel-Zaher finishes the ball really well into the back of the net, but it doesn’t count. Replays show that the former ENPPI man was onside.
55- Several wake-up calls for Al-Ahly. Segolela and Klate have been very dangerous on both flanks.
57- Wael Gomaa’s last minute interception prevents Klate from equalising.
58- Really good save from Ekramy to deny Matlaba.
63- Sherif Abdel-Fadil brings down Sifiso Myeni near the touchline; free-kick Orlando Pirates.
64- Segolela’s free-kick dealt with well by Ekramy.
AL-AHLY SUB: Dominique Da Silva (ON) Ahmed Abdel-Zaher (OFF).
70- Twenty minutes remaining in the this first leg of the 2013 CAF Champions League final. Al-Ahly are up 0-1 against Orlando Pirates.
76- ORLANDO PIRATES SUB- MALONGWANE (ON) SIFISO MYENI (OFF).
79- Jele fouls Da Silva on the edge of the box. Free-kick Al Ahly.
81- AL-AHLY SUB: RAMI RABIA (ON) MOHAMED ABOU-TREIKA (OFF).
87- Three minutes of normal time remaining. Al Ahly are leading by one goal to nil in Johannesburg.
90- AL-AHLY SUB: AHMED SHEDID (ON) ABDULLAH EL-SAID (OFF).
90+3- GOAL ORLANDO PIRATES.
90+4- Thabo Matlaba’s goal proves to be the last kick of the game.
FULL TIME: Orlando Pirates 1-1 Al Ahly.