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CAF Champions League

  • 04 August 2013
  • • 16:30
  • • El-Gouna Stadium, El-Gouna
  • Referee: M. Benouza
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  • A dominant performance from the Buccaneers, which was certainly helped by Abdelzaher's red card. Meyiwa was the star today, with a number of crucial saves, including a penalty save. This is a fantastic win for Pirates, who will be confident about securing a spot in the semi finals of the Caf Champions League. Thanks for joining Goal South Africa for all the action this afternoon.
  • 90' + 4'
    That's it! Pirates have won the match 3-0 in Egypt!
  • 90' + 3'
    Yellow Cardashour
  • 90' + 2'
    Bacela bursts down the middle, but Ashour pulls him back, earning a yellow card in the process.
  • 90'
    Zamalek have lost in the Congo. Four minutes remain in Egypt.
  • 88'
    MEYIWA SAVES! Another strong save from the keeper denies Al Ahly again.
  • 85'
    With five minutes left in normal time, Pirates are controlling possession and seeing out the game.
  • 81'
    Aboutrika hits a free kick over the bar, as Al Ahly pursue their first goal of the match.
  • 78'
    Bacela hits the post! Pirates are completely dominant at the moment as they create another chance, which Bacela slams into the underside of the crossbar. More goals seem likely for the visitors.
  • 76'
    AssistAndile Jali
  • 76'
    GoalSifiso Myeni
  • 76'
    GOAL!! MYENI!! Pirates are in dreamland out there. Jali flicks a deft pass over the Al Ahly defenders which finds Myeni who finishes well from close range.
  • 73'
    Penalty GoalAndile Jali
  • 73'
    Jali steps up...and scores!! Pirates have doubled their advantage in the El Gouna stadium.
  • 72'
    Yellow CardAhmed Fathy
  • 72'
    PIRATES HAVE A PENALTY! Fathy fells Klate with a humdinger of a challenge inside the area, as the Pirates winger flies into the air and hits the ground hard.
  • 69'
    BACELA!! Meyiwa provides a low cross into the area and Bacela tries to get contact from close range, but his attempt is well covered by Ahedid.
  • 68'
    SubstitutionWaleed Soliman Dominique Da Silva
  • 67'
    CHANCE FOR PIRATES! Myeni's free kick finds Mabena at the near post, who tries to score with a diving header, but he fails to make proper contact and Al Ahly clear.
  • 64'
    Al Ahly will make their third and final change soon. Their rivals Zamalek are also losing this afternoon and are 1-0 down against AC Leopards in the Congo.
  • 61'
    MEYIWA SAVES! The keeper denies Al Ahly again, with a low save to his left.
  • 60'
    Pirates follow suit, replacing Mbesuma with Bacela.
  • 58'
    SubstitutionAhmed Shokri Abdalla El Said
  • 57'
    Al Ahly make another change as Said replaces Shokri. Pirates are using their advantage in numbers well, while the home side certainly looked fatigued. 
  • 55'
    SubstitutionCollins Mbesuma Lennox Luyanda Bacela
  • 55'
    Yellow CardThabo Matlaba
  • 54'
    Pirates have a half chance, as Klate receives a square pass and tries to release Mbesuma with a through ball, but Ekramy rushes off his line and clears.
  • 51'
    Klate tries to find an onrushing Mbesuma with a cross, but his delivery is not latched onto by the striker.
  • 48'
    Pirates will need to do a lot of defending during the next 45 minutes, as Al Ahly have the wind behind their backs and are searching for the equaliser.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionThandani Ntshumayelo Ndumiso Mabena
  • 46'
    SubstitutionShehab Ahmed Al-Sayed Hamdy
  • 45'
    Here we go! Al Ahly kick off the second half at the El Gouna stadium.
  • Remember you can tweet me @Dan0090 with any comments about the action so far.
  • Pirates will be eyeing a historic win at the El Gouna stadium after Ntshumayelo gave them the lead, and Abdelzaher's red card means they have an even greater advantage going into the second half. Join Goal South Africa in 15 minutes for the second half of this match.
  • 45' + 5'
    Yellow/RedAhmed Abdul Zaher
  • 45' + 5'
    Red card for Abdelzaher!! The striker earns his second yellow card after the match after a studs up challenge on Mahamutsa. After the drama, the referee blows the whistle and it is half time.
  • 45' + 2'
    Soloman! The Egyptian side are looking dangerous and Soloman bursts into the box and tries to beat Meyiwa at his near post, but the Pirates' keeper keeps his nerve.
  • 45'
    Klate tries to hit a volley on target, but his effort is mistimed and skews off his boot and out for a goal kick.
  • 40'
    Pirates continue to allow Al Ahly to build towards goal. Some neat passing between Abdelzaher and Aboutrika almost creates a chance, but Mahamutsa clears from inside the box.
  • 37'
    Penalty saveSenzo Meyiwa
  • 37'
    Missed PenaltyWaleed Soliman
  • 37'
    MEYIWA SAVES! Soloman's left-footed spot kick is not strong enough to beat the Pirates keeper, who guesses the right way and saves the shot with a dive to his left.
  • 36'
    Yellow CardAndile Jali
  • 36'
    PENALTY FOR AL AHLY! Zahir is brought down in the box by Andile Jali, after Zahir provided a pinpoint cross from the left wing.
  • 33'
    Pirates win a another free kick in a promising area, but Daine Klate's shot deflects off the wall and out for a corner. Ekramy has to punch away the delivery from Klate, with the wind making it difficult for the Al Ahly keeper.
  • 32'
    Yellow CardWael Gomaa
  • 32'
    Centre back Gomaa is shown a yellow card after an uncomprimising challenge.
  • 31'
    Mbesuma tries a powerful shot from range, after Pirates win a free kick, but the Zambian's effort goes wide past the right post.
  • 28'
    Yellow CardAhmed Abdul Zaher
  • 28'
    Mahamutsa is surprisingly yellow-carded by the referee after being felled by Zahir's studs-up challenge.
  • 26'
    Pirates are looking to hit Al Ahly on the counter-attack, as they continue to soak up the pressure.
  • 23'
    Pirates defence is looking organised as Al Ahly struggle to find a way through the bank of defenders. However, the defending champions will be patient in their attempts to break down the Buccaneers.
  • 20'
    Three points would take Pirates to four points in total in Group A and could go a long way in helping them securea  spot in the semi-final stage of this continental tournament.
  • 17'
    Lekgwati clears off the line! Al Ahly are stepping up the pressure out there as a goal mouth scramble results in a Samir shot, but the Pirates captain is well positioned to keep the ball out of the net.
  • 16'
    Yellow CardSifiso Myeni
  • 16'
    Myeni is handed a yellow card after a poor challenge.
  • 13'
    Fantastic combination play between Mbesuma and Ntshumayelo created that goal, as Pirates take a vital lead in the El Gouna stadium.
  • 12'
    AssistCollins Mbesuma
  • 12'
    GoalThandani Ntshumayelo
  • 12'
    GOAL!!! PIRATES TAKE THE LEAD! Mbesuma provides Ntshumayelo a delightful through ball, and the midfielder does not disappoint with a low drive past Ekramy.
  • 9'
    Shokry tries to hit the target from range, but pulls his low shot wide as Al Ahly continue to piece together some impressive passages of play.
  • 6'
    Al Ahly are looking the stronger side early on, but Pirates earn three corners in a row, with Klate's third delivery finding the safe hands of Al Ahly keeper Ekramy. 
  • 4'
    The match is being played in windy conditions, with Pirates having the wind behind their backs in this first half. After a few errant passes from the visitors, Matlaba is fouled by Soliman, as the winger seeks to find some space behind Pirates' full-back.
  • 4'
    The match is being played in windy conditions, with Pirates having the wind behind their backs in this first half. After a few errant passes from the visitors, Matlaba is fouled by Soliman, as the winger seeks to find some space behind Pirates' full-back.
  • 1'
    Here we go! Pirates kick off in the El Gouna stadium!
  • Kick-off is in around five minutes in El Gouna. The players are out on the pitch in an empty stadium. 
  • Orlando Pirates starting lineup: Meyiwa, Jele, Matlaba, Mahamutsa, Lekgwati, Jali, Nshumayelo, Manyisa, Myeni, Klate, Mbesuma
  • Al Ahly starting lineup: Ekramy, Fathy, Ahedid, Samir, Gomaa, Shehab, Ashour, Shokry, Aboutrika, Soliman, Abdelzaher
  • With no further ado here are the lineups for this afternoon's match in El Gouna.
  • Welcome to Goal South Africa's LIVE coverage of Orlando Pirates Caf Champions league clash against Egyptian giants Al Ahly. My name is Daniel Eslick and I will be taking you through all the action this afternoon. Tweet me @Dan0090 with any comments before, during or after the game.