Pirates' dream still alive

2013-11-02 22:30
Tlou Segolela (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Thabo Matlaba has scored an equaliser in the last minute of additional time to salvage a 1-1 draw against Al-Ahly in the first leg of the CAF Champions League final at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

Aboutrika showed his class as Ahly made the most of a costly error from the Pirates back four, punishing the home side with an unstoppable set-piece early in the opening stanza.

With the final played over two legs, home and away, Ahly would head home with a slight advantage, having scored an away goal.

However, Pirates were not done yet and, as the clock ticked away in added time, Matlaba picked up on a pass, danced his way into the area and slotted home with his left foot, as the capacity crowd at the Orlando Stadium erupted.

Pirates travel to the Egyptian capital next week and would be looking to overturn Saturday's result, when the two sides meet in the deciding second leg next Sunday.


Orlando Pirates:
Senzo Meyiwa, Happy Jele, Thabo Matlaba, Rooi Mahamutsa, Ayanda Gcaba, Andile Jali, Oupa Manyisa, Sifiso Myeni, Tlou Segolela, Daine Klate, Lennox Bacela

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


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