Absa Premiership

Late Etoile goal denies Pirates

2015-11-21 22:30
Thamsanqa Gabuza (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates’ hopes of winning the CAF Confederation Cup were dealt a blow when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Etoile du Sahel in the first leg of the final at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

The Buccaneers will now head into the return leg in Sousse next weekend knowing they will have to score an away goal of they are to have any hope of claiming the trophy. Thamsanqa Gabuza scored a beauty to put them into the lead in this game, but a late equaliser from Ammar Jemal completely changed the complexion of the outcome.

Pirates settled the quicker of the two teams, but it was Etoile who thought they had claimed the lead in the 11th minute when Mohamed Msakni headed home from a free kick, but the flag was raised for offside.

Bucs also had a couple of nervy moments at the back when goalkeeper Felipe Ovono was caught out of position by Baghdad Bounedjah, but luckily for the hosts the dangerous Algerian was unable to find the target.

Pirates then broke the deadlock in the 36th minute through a superb goal from Thamsanqa Gabuza, who ran onto a pass in the box, held off a defender and fired an unstoppable left-footed shot into the top corner from a tight angle.

Etoile nearly claimed an equaliser a couple of minutes later through Hamza Lahmar, who shot direct at goal from a free kick and forced Ovono into a sharp save at his right-hand post.

The first clear chance of the second half went the way of Bucs, with a quick free kick giving Mpho Makola a sight of goal, but his low shot was well saved by goalkeeper Mohamed Jebali in the 53rd minute.

On the hour mark the Tunisians almost restored parity with another free kick from Lahmar, whose sweetly-struck effort hit the top of the crossbar, though Ovono appeared to have it covered.

Pirates looked to be headed for victory, but with just three minutes of added time remaining they conceded a sloppy goal from a free kick, with Etoile captain Ammar Jemal scoring from close range after the hosts were unable to clear their lines.

The second leg will be held at the Olympic Stadium in Sousse on Sunday, November 29.

Teams:

Orlando Pirates

Ovono, Jele, Gcaba, Sangweni, Matlaba, Rakhale, Ntshumayelo, Masalesa (Sarr 83’), Makola, Erasmus (Motupa 90’), Gabuza

Etoile du Sahel

Jebali, Abderrazzak, Jemal, Boughattas, Naguez, Brigui (Saada 87’), Ben Amor, Kom, Msakni (Da Costa 85’), Lahmar, Bounedjah

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