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CAF Champions League Orlando Pirates v Esperance

Posted: 5 October 2013 Time: 17:15

Orlando Pirates will take heart from their second half performance as they take a 0-0 scoreline into the second CAF Champions League semifinal against Esperance.

The Tunisians created the better chances early on, while Pirates enjoyed much time on the ball.

As early as the ninth minute, Esperance striker Joseph N'djeng-N'djeng was allowed time and space on the ball, with his left-footed strike hitting the roof of the net.

Despite the early warning, the home side was again on the backfoot as Oupa Manyisa lost possession just a minute later. The North Africans launched an attack and when Manyisa tried to recover the ball, Ace hit it forward and N'djeng was put through one-on-one with Senzo Meyiwa.

Fortunately for Bucs, Meyiwa was at his best to make a save from N'djeng's attempt.

After that, no real chances were created until the 36th minute when Pirates finally managed to get the better of the Esperance defence.

Manyisa and Daine Klate combined down the left wing, with the latter whipping in a cross for Sifiso Myeni but Ntsunda's header was well wide.

The score was 0-0 at the break.

Bucs started the second half the better side, but at this point Esperance had decided to park a bus making it difficult for the Soweto side to create clear cut chances.

In fact, it took all of 20 minutes in the second stanza for Pirates to come close to scoring. Manyisa tried his luck from distance, but his shot was wide in the 65th minute.

Moments later, Tlou Segolela, who had replaced Myeni, had a penalty appeal turned down after crossing the ball and the Esperance defender appeared to handle the ball as he went down.

Chances were far and few between, but Pirates continued to dominate possession.

With four minutes to go of regulation time, Segolela's unexpected cross from the right was missed by Bacela, who was just behind as the ball went past in front of goal.

Thabo Matlaba almost stole it for Bucs at the death, but his thunderous strike was well saved by Moez Ben Cherifia.

That was it as it ended goalless.

Pirates: Senzo Meyiwa, Happy Jele, Thabo Matlaba, Rooi Mahamutsa, Siyabonga Sangweni, Thandani Ntshumayelo (Makola 78th), Oupa Manyisa, Andile Jali, Sifiso Myeni (Segolela 63rd), Daine Klate, Lennox Bacela

Esperance: Moez Ben Cherifia, Mohamed Ali Ben Mansour, Sameh Derbali, Khalil Chemmam, Chamseddine Dhaouadi, Khaled Mouelhi, Houcine Ragued, Harrison Afful, Ossama Darragi (Msakni 66th), Joseph N'djeng (Akaichi 79th), Youssef Blaili (Akremi 90th)

Livefyre comments on this story...

New age blogger
posted: 2013-10-05 15:28:56

Glad to see triple threat gents playing together. A balanced line.up and effective bench 

posted: 2013-10-05 15:29:23

That ıs a good lıne roger,we wıll wın thıs game for sho.

Mriyo (Moving To Discows)
posted: 2013-10-05 15:33:19

no Mbuyane or Masuku on da bench?glad Mbesuma n Sox r on da bench tho

posted: 2013-10-05 15:40:11

Balanced line up missing Mbuyayane on the bench

Mriyo (Moving To Discows)
posted: 2013-10-05 15:42:55

Jali shud push up while Bibo does defensiv work n Manyisa suport in attack

posted: 2013-10-05 15:44:28

Sinister forces are at it again. Where is lekgwathi?

posted: 2013-10-05 15:46:10

Yooh OUR team is weak, weak weak up front.

Sniper black
posted: 2013-10-05 15:48:33

not that bad,lets go for a kill boys

posted: 2013-10-05 15:51:04

Good luck Pirates

posted: 2013-10-05 15:51:52

But pirates fans in joburg are really disappointing, why only 15 on the stands with 15 minutes to start of the biggest match the country has seen in long time. Besides why can't it be free entry to fill the stadium. It's like playing in Cairo. Disappointing

posted: 2013-10-05 15:53:12

Yeah with only 15 fans cheering. Theres more Esperance fans than pirates fans

posted: 2013-10-05 15:56:14

Cotonport vs Al Ahly game was stopped about half an hour ago, pitch is very wet and that game is abandoned. 

posted: 2013-10-05 15:56:43

Abantu do habha abekho small team.Just imagine 12th man in Tunisia.

That's Pirates supporters for you.

Silver Line KBY
posted: 2013-10-05 15:56:55

I wish Rats all the best of luck.

posted: 2013-10-05 16:00:39

As for Supersport, we deserve better, cant you give us a commentator who can at least pretend to like Pirates not haters just like EPL. We deserve better not this michael abramsen thing

posted: 2013-10-05 16:00:58

Where the heck is our captain?

Whoever is dividing our team like this picked the worst time & must stop it. NOW

Lucky is like a coach on the pitch & u don't get that everyday. No other team can boast that.

Kick the politicians out of our admin Dr Khoza

Silver Line KBY
posted: 2013-10-05 16:04:58

Stadium looks empty. the people of Orlando do not support football. Rats playing in their own backyard but the crowd is disappointing.

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2013-10-05 16:08:02

This Simba Marumo guy always talks amaSimba nge Pirates......

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2013-10-05 16:09:08

Alredy missing Legwathi at the back....Sangweni always allow too much space to strikers...

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2013-10-05 16:10:51

why Ref from Morocco these are Tunisian neighbours

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