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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...

CAF Champions league& Proudly CCC Silver Medalist
posted: 2013-10-05 16:58:07

Javelin must worry of Polokwane City.

Leave continental football to us please.

posted: 2013-10-05 17:05:51

discipline boys

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2013-10-05 17:15:46

tlou this is your game to redeem yourself

posted: 2013-10-05 17:18:38

No short at Goal for Pirates after 1 hour of football, this is not good news.

Silver Line KBY
posted: 2013-10-05 17:20:42

Rats must score now, at least 1-0 wouldn't be bad. But as it stands, I see a humiliation in Morocco in the second leg.

Mriyo (Moving To Discows)
posted: 2013-10-05 17:22:15

I dnt c y we shud hv 3 defnsiv MD as if we play away.Bibo shud cum out for Mbesuma

Silver Line KBY
posted: 2013-10-05 17:22:33

Senzo is on holiday. Esperance parked the bus making it difficult for Rats to penetrate.

posted: 2013-10-05 17:25:27

Liyanuka madoda

posted: 2013-10-05 17:25:32

Eish Jele le yena he is beginning to get too armuture ka di basics man. He needs competition in that position. Getting too comfortable

Silver Line KBY
posted: 2013-10-05 17:34:40

I hope PSL referees are learning some free lessons from Morrocan ref. The guy is handling the perfectly. No dubious decisions so far.

Cosa Nostra The 1st 48
posted: 2013-10-05 17:41:35

This team is average.Not as good as it was said in the media and that no18 of them is just as weak as south African strikers and not promising at all.He is always falling down when the ball comes to him.

It is up to pirates to finish them up

posted: 2013-10-05 17:46:59

Eish Sangweni

posted: 2013-10-05 17:57:00

Not a total loss 4 pirates....I mean a scoring draw in tunisia will be gud enough...pirates r showing signs dat dey can wen dey want to...matlaba hade son

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2013-10-05 17:57:03

not worse results by any means

posted: 2013-10-05 17:57:19

well done bucks!!!

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2013-10-05 17:57:22

Sangweni should be benched playing in CAF

posted: 2013-10-05 17:57:37

Nyweeee nyweeee nyweeeee Second Star this nyweeee nyweeee nyweeeee second star that kuphi khona?  Shapa Esperance shapaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

mphathi we Bucs
posted: 2013-10-05 17:57:38

It's not a good result for us. We not out we can play 1 all draw in Tunisia and will be through. Up the Bucs.

posted: 2013-10-05 17:58:45

What a game am a proud of the soccer displayed by the bucks.

K.I.C (Khosiologyst)
posted: 2013-10-05 17:59:29

Clearly they are missing Daniel Benett....hehehehe Orlano Stadium, our slaughter house, kuphi khona...this pirates team is avarage....running For nothing! 

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