As it happened: Al Ahly v Bucs

2013-11-10 17:15

Interactive commentary on the CAF Champions League final second leg match between Al Ahly and Orlando Pirates in Cairo.


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Commentary by Sport24 freelancer, Carlo Petersen

20:05 - The players are receiving their medals now. Congratulations to the Egyptians! Next time Pirates...

19:56 - The Buccaneers will be licking their wounds though, especially after all the chances they had to put this match in the bag! Disappointing, but well done to the hosts, who have now won this tournament for a record eighth time.

19:54 - That's it folks! Al Ahly will be crowned Africa's top club side after brushing off a gritty Orlando Pirates side!

19:53 - Abou-Treika bows to the crowd as he is replaced. His goals both home and away have earned his team the CAF Champions League Cup trophy!!

19:51 - Meyiwa does well to dive and stop Al Ahly from making it 3-0. Four minutes have been added on.

19:48 - One minute left of the ninety with stoppage time to come. It seems to be all over for Pirates. Al Ahly playing for time now as they hold on to possession.

19:47 - Substitution: Makola replaces Klate for Pirates.

19:45 - Substitution: Rabia replaces Abdel-Zaher for Al Ahli

19:42 - Al Ahly are now down to ten men after Abdel-Fadil is given his marching orders for a second yellow for taking out Pirates winger Daine Klate. Deserved that one as he definitely had no intention of playing the ball.

19:41 - Red Card! 

19:40 - Some shocking marking from Pirates there allowed the hosts to get in behind the defence after defender were caught ball watching. Only a miracle can save Pirates now!

19:38 - Abdel-Zaher adds to the Al Ahly's tally by scoring their second for the night. 2-0 to the hosts now!

19:36 - GOAL!!!

19:30 - PICTURE:

Al Ahly's Sherif Abdel-Fadil and Orlando Pirates' Tlou Segolela battle for the ball in the CAF Champions League Final in Cairo. (Photo: AFP)

19:24 - Bacela's feet looked to have got in his way there. That's three clear-cut opportunities Pirates have wasted today. Will it be a case of could've, would've, should've for the visitors tonight?

19:22 - Brilliant chance for Pirates to get back into this match, but they fluff it!  Bacela did well enough to round the keeper but with the poles wide open his shot left a lot to be desired for as it hit the crossbar before bouncing back into play.

19:21 - There are under 30 mins left and Pirates are now trailing 2-1 to Al Ahly on agg. Can Roger de Sa's men do it?

19:16 - TWEET:

'Who else could it have been? Africa's favorite son, Aboutrika! Come on Pirates. - @FirdoseM (Firdose Moonda)

19:12 - Al Ahly score through Abou-Treika, who makes it 1-0 after scoring from close range to send the crowd into rapture. They're lighting fireworks already!

19:12 - GOAL!!!

19:10 - Pirates are doing all the chasing now in Cairo. They need to turn it up a notch of they to make history tonight.

19:04 - Segolela takes it from the right. Good delivery but fails to find a teammate. Ekramy punches clear.

19:03 - The players are back on the pitch now as they get ready to get the second-half underway. Pirates showing some grit in the middle of the park. They win a corner for their effort.

18:57 - TWEET:

should be more adventurous, Myeni needs support when he goes on those runs where he eliminates players - @wozabosuku (Sicelo Dlamini)

18:45 - It's half-time in Egypt. The players had a bit of an altercation there. Tense stuff! Teams go into the dressing rooms locked in at 0-0.

18:43 - Some good tackling in the box from Pirates as they defend to stop a late first-half Ahly onslaught. The home side pushing now for late first-half goal.

18:42 - Three minutes left of the first half and the score remains 0-0 between Al Ahly and Pirates.

18:39 - Meanwhile, Manchester United have score against Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League. Man Utd 1 - 0 Arsenal. Robin van Persie heads in Wayne Rooney's corner at the near post to put the hosts ahead.

18:38 - Segolela has just missed an open goal with a header at the back post off a Klate cross in the 35th minute. Bad miss! Really, really bad miss.

18:36 - TWEET:

CAF should be embarrassed about the fact that they have allowed these lasers into the stadium. It's a disgrace! - Clint Roper (@soccaclint)

18:32 - Pirates look to have better ryhthm now, passing more fluidly and holding onto the ball for longer periods.

18:31 - The Ahly fans are still pointing really strong green lasers onto the pitch. Pirates and the ref targeted of course. Really shameful. They should ban those things.

18:28 - Wasted! Segolela might as well as aimed for the corner post there.

18:27 - Freekick. Pirates. Dangerous position - 25 yards out!! Klate standing over the ball.

18:26 - Pirates' passing starting to get a bit wayward. It's becoming difficult for them hold onto the ball. 

18:24 - Pirates seemed to have settled down nicely, but Ahly have most of the possession at the moment. Bacela is working hard in the middle, but needs more support when he gets the ball.

18:21 - End-to-end stuff now as Ahly get a chance, making Meyiwa dive to his left to keep the ball out. Close one there for the home side.

18:19 - Pirates get a great chance now but it comes to nothing as Ekramy is made to work hard to save Segolela's shot on goal. Good, quick passing there from Pirates on the counter-attack. They need to make those chances count!

18:17 - Ahly get another chance as the ball comes in from the left. It's too deep for El-Said though and the chance goes begging.

18:13 - Another corner to the home team on the left and it's swung in dangerously.  The header goes wide of goal though as we witness the closest chance of the match.

18:11 - Corner to Al Ahly after Matlaba fails to control the ball. Matlaba then makes up for it and clears the ball from the resultant corner.

18:07 - Moawad does well to get in a cross, but it's collected easily by Meyiwa. Daine Klate then has a go from a 30 yard freekick, but he fails to make it swerve and the ball lands up safely in Ekramy hands.

18:03 - With all these LED lasers been shone by the Al Ahly fans onto the players and the pitch (which also looks quite dodgy with lots of brown patches scattered all over) this game somewhat resembles an outdoor rave party. The home team are maintaining some good early possession. Pirates look focused.

18:01 - Pirates have the first corner of the match. The kick from the left poses no threat though and is easily caught by Al Ahly keeper Ekramy.

17:59 - And the ball is rolling as Pirates get this highly-anticipated final underway!!

17:56 - Right! The match is about to get underway. Pirates can be seen holding hands as they make their way over the pitch. A moment of silence first before kick-off!

17:48 - Al Ahly can boast much better results in this competition as they seek to become African Champions for a record eighth time.

17:46 - Pirates were African champions in 1995 and will be hunting for their second trophy on the continental stage tonight.

17:44 - A 1-1 draw will take the match to penalties, and if the match ends in a draw with both teams scoring two or more goals, Pirates will come home from Egypt victorious.

17:40 - A win for either team this evening will see that side take home the trophy, but a goalless draw will favour Al Ahly, who will then win on the away goal rule.

17:37 - Good news for Pirates fans is that the last time the Buccaneers played Al Ahly in Egypt, they won 3-0 to become the first South African club to win a CAF Champions League game in that country.

17:36 - The first-leg of this final was played on Saturday the 2nd of November at the Orlando Stadium. The match ended in a 1-1 draw after Thabo Matlaba scored a stoppage time equaliser to cancel out Mohamed Abou-Treika's first-half goal.

17:33 - Some team news before the players take the field is that Pirates captain Happy Jele and midfielder Andile Jali are suspended for this game.

17:30 - Good day folks! Thirty minutes to go before this penultimate clash between CAF Champions League finalists Al Ahly and Orlando Pirates kicks off. Let's hope it's going to be a cracker of a final!


Pirates duo Happy Jele and Andile Jali travelled with the team to Egypt ahead of the much anticipated CAF Champions League final.

The pair are NOT eligible for selection after suspensions for bookings in the first leg, but will be there for moral support.

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Via email from Lindiwe Dlomo

14:28 - FIRST LEG

The first leg of the final ended 1-1 at the Orlando Stadium. Mohamed Aboutrika was on target for Al Ahly before Thabo Matlaba snatched an equaliser for Pirates in injury time.

Pirates HAVE to score to have any chance of lifting the trophy. If the match finishes goalless, the Buccaneers will lose on the away goals rule.



Al Ahly:

Sherif Ekramy, Sherif Abdel-Fadil, Wael Gomaa, Mohamed Naguib, Sayed Moawad, Ahmed Fathi, Hosssam Ashour, Abdallah El-Said, Walid Soliman, Mohamed Abou-Treika, Ahmed Abdel-Zaher

Orlando Pirates:

Senzo Meyiwa, Lucky Lekgwathi, Thabo Matlaba, Rooi Mahamutsa, Ayanda Gcaba, Lehohonolo Masalesa, Oupa Manyisa, Sifiso Myeni, Tlou Segolela, Daine Klate, Lennox Bacela

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