Saturday Sep 26, 2015. 20:00
Welcome to the as-it-happened wrap of the CAF Confederation Cup first leg semifinal clash between Orlando Pirates of South Africa and Egyptian giants Al Ahly. The Buccaneers claimed a 1-0 win thanks to an early goal from Thamsanqa Gabuza.
The action as it happened...
90+3' - FULL TIME. Pirates 1-0 Ahly.
It ends 1-0 to the Buccaneers, who will have their work cut out to defend that lead in the return leg in Egypt next weekend.
There will be three minutes of added time.
Myeni has gone down under a challenge and is receiving treatment... seems to be a bit of play-acting/time-wasting from the home side.
A couple of corner kicks in quick succession for Ahly, before Malick Evouna shoots high and wide.
81' - Ahly substitution:
Amr Gamal replaces John Antwi.
Thabo Matlaba shoots on goal, Sherif Ekramy makes a relatively comfortable save. The Bucs man had options for a pass which would probably have been a better choice...
Just 15 minutes of regulation time left to play, Pirates remain 1-0 up.
71' - Ahly substitution:
Saleh Gomaa replaces Moamen Zakaria.
71' - Pirates substitution:
Lehlohonolo Majoro replaces Kermit Erasmus.
Pirates are finally coming out of their shell in the second half, they can't just sit back and allow the Egyptians to dominate.
66' - Pirates substitution:
Thandani Ntshumayelo makes way for Issa Sarr.
Thus far Rooi Mahamutsa has been immense in defence for the Buccaneers.
It's all Al Ahly at the moment, the visitors look sure to find an equaliser soon or later...
John Antwi sets up Abdallah El Said to shoot, but the attacker fires his effort way over the target.
Pirates on the counter attack, the ball falls for Thabo Matlaba on the edge of the box but he volleys his shot over the crossbar.
Inventive play from Ahmed Fathy, with Ahly looking far more dangerous in the second half, but so far Pirates have been solid defensively.
Felipe Ovono comes off his line to make a crucial interception ahead of Malick Evouna.
Back underway in the second half...
Malick Evouna replaces Mohamed Hany.
45+2' - Half time. Pirates 1-0 Ahly.
There's the whistle for the break, it's the Buccaneers who hold a slender advantage after their early goal from Thamsanqa Gabuza.
There will be two minutes of added time.
John Antwi with a quick turn and shot, but it's well off target and no trouble for the goalkeeper.
Great defending from Mohamed Naguib, as he slides in to win the ball cleanly from Sifiso Myeni.
Al Ahly have grown into this match, though the pace of Pirates means they still pose a significant goal threat.
John Antwi with a chance to level for Ahly, but Felipe Ovono touches the ball onto the bar and the rebound is cleared by Ntsikelelo Nyauza!
The 'keeper receives some treatment, but is soon okay to continue.
Felipe Ovono makes a great catch at a corner kick, under severe pressure from two Al Ahly attackers.
Midway through the first half, 1-0 to Orlando Pirates and the South African side has been good value for the lead.
Sherif Ekramy makes an excellent save to keep out a shot direct from a free kick by Mpho Makola!
Ahmed Fathy with a shot from the edge of the box, but he doesn't trouble Felipe Ovono.
Pirates have had some joy down their left flank, getting in behind Ahly right-back Mohamed Hany with relative ease.
9' - GOAL! Pirates 1-0 Ahly.
Thamsanqa Gabuza gives Bucs the lead, getting to Kermit Erasmus' cross at the near post and touching it beyond Sherif Ekramy to make it 1-0!
John Antwi with a team header which is easy for Felipe Ovono.
Abdallah El Said with the first shot in anger for the visitors, but he scuffs a volley wide of the mark.
Both sides still looking to settle down and find their rhythm early on in this match.
1' - Kick off
at the Orlando Stadium. Pirates wear all-black, Ahly are in red and white.
Here the starting line-ups...
Orlando Pirates: Felipe Ovono, Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Rooi Mahamutsa, Ayanda Gcaba, Thabo Matlaba, Lehlogonolo Masalesa, Thandani Ntshumayelo, Mpho Makola, Sifiso Myeni, Thamsanqa Gabuza, Kermit Erasmus
Al Ahly: Sherif Ekramy, Mohamed Hany, Mohamed Naguib, Saad Samir, Sabry Rahil, Ahmed Fathy, Hossam Ashour, Moamen Zakaria, Abdallah El Said, Ramadan Sobhi, John Antwi