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Matlaba rescues draw for Orlando Pirates against Al Ahly in the CAF Champions League Final first leg

Posted: 2 November 2013 Time: 19:05

Thabo Matlaba scored in extra time to rescue a point for Orlando Pirates against Al Ahly in the CAF Champions League Final, first leg.

Mohamed Aboutrika opened the scoring on 14 minutes with a great free-kick to hand the visitors the lead.

When it looked as if Pirates would go into the second leg in Egypt a goal down, Thabo Matlaba powered home an equaliser in the 93th minute.

The draw puts Al Ahly in a commanding position ahead of the second leg in Eygpt next Sunday, as they have an away goal in the bag.

Ahly are chasing their eighth Champions League title – and their fifth in nine years.

Pirates were not to be intimidated, however, and started the match brightly, pushing forward from the first minute, but some clumsy defending during an Ahly counter-attack led to the visitors being awarded a free-kick in a very promising area, just outside the penalty box.

And sure enough Aboutrika stepped up and sent the ball just over the heads of the Pirates wall and into the top right corner, leaving Senzo Meyiwa with no chance of stopping it.

It would have been a special moment for Ahly’s 35-year-old playmaker, who announced his intention to retire after the tournament, as he went one step closer to a fifth CAF Champions League medal.

And the Egyptian legend was back in the thick of things in the  51st minute, when he set up Ahmed Abd El-Zaher to hit home from close range, but luckily for the Buccaneers the linesman erroneously ruled him offside.

Ahly were content to sit back and wait for the counter-attack, while Pirates kept up a high-tempo passing game, although they were let down by decision making on the final ball.

On 57 minutes Andile Jali tried a shot from range, but Ahly goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy was up to the challenge and got a strong hand to the ball to palm it away for a corner.

With seconds remaining Matlaba picked up a short pass and bustled his way past the defence, before hitting a fairly tentative shot past Ekrami to send the Orlando Stadium crowd into raptures.

Pirates line-up: Senzo Meyiwa, Happy Jele, Thabo Matlaba, Ayanda Gcaba, Rooi Mahamutsa, Andile Jali, Tlou Segolela, Oupa Manyisa, Lennox Bacela (Collins Mbesuma 82), Daine Klate, Sifiso Myeni (Mpho Makola 76)

Al Ahly line-up: Sherif Ekrami, Sherif Abdel-Fadil, Wael Gomaa, Mohamed Naguib, Sayed Moawad, Ahmed Fathi, Hossam Ashour, Abdallah El-Said (Ahmed Shedid 91), Walid Soliman, Mohamed Aboutrika (Ramy Rabiea 81), Ahmed Abdel-Zaher (Dominique Da Silva 65)

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Rhino Gold and Black
posted: 2013-11-02 19:55:10

I'm at Orlando Stadium and Kuzanyiwa eOrlando This Season. Love & Peace. 

Fumigator {#Komphela Is A Spaza Shop Coach}
posted: 2013-11-02 19:55:30

Toothless' brown envelopes are now streching into the rest of Africa.

Silver Line KBY
posted: 2013-11-02 20:03:18

Bacela should be replaced

posted: 2013-11-02 20:05:18

Where is Mahamutsa?....

posted: 2013-11-02 20:06:23

Bacela is a cow.....he scores goals frm the golie.

Silver Line KBY
posted: 2013-11-02 20:21:11

wow wow wow!

The Ghost
posted: 2013-11-02 20:25:03

Makhosikazi, stop crying about that goal that was disallowed ... this is not Chiefs but Al Ahly

posted: 2013-11-02 20:25:42

Still a mountain to climb in Egypt

posted: 2013-11-02 20:26:07

Thank you!

posted: 2013-11-02 20:26:25

Al Ahly SC were too strong to bucs,lets hope our ghost will come back in Egypt

KhosiNyce 01
posted: 2013-11-02 20:26:29

Great fighting spirit from the Gorrilaz. Gud result for them and all us still in order for them to come back with a result from Egypt.

I don't suppose they will mention a LINESMAN blunder that benefited them this time around now are they?

posted: 2013-11-02 20:26:38

Who is the best left back in the country? Tlogelang Thabo Matlaba

Masuku xud start ahead segolela we nid accurate crosses

CJB Ramses III
posted: 2013-11-02 20:26:47

The coach got taught something by the players.....

Papa T
posted: 2013-11-02 20:26:51

True champions never give up...well done boys!


CJB Ramses III
posted: 2013-11-02 20:27:03

Faka umtlakasi......

posted: 2013-11-02 20:27:09

The Ghost Spirit that lived in 1995 in Cote de' Ivor will once more be resuracted and Pirates wil be victors Long live the Gost spirit Long Live ......Once and Always

posted: 2013-11-02 20:27:33

Good spirit gud lucky bucs in Egypt

CJB Ramses III
posted: 2013-11-02 20:27:36

Mpho Makola.......... Sensation.....!

Khosi Intellectual
posted: 2013-11-02 20:27:56

Well played bucs.

posted: 2013-11-02 20:28:02

We lost to experience, worsened by the nerves on our players. I remain positive, these boys got an amazing character, and they can do it away from home.

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