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CAF Champions League
10 November 2013
• Arab Contractors Stadium (Osman Ahmed Osman Stadium), al-Qāhirah (Cairo)
Referee: B. Gassama
Mohamed Abo Trika 54'
Ahmed Abdul Zaher 78'
Al Ahly win Aggregate 3 - 1
Thanks for joining Goal South Africa for this live commentary. Stay tuned for the match report and reaction to the result of the Caf Champions League final.
Pirates were simply outclassed on the night, with Mohamed Aboutreika and Zaher sealing the 2-0 victory for the home side. Al Ahly lift their 8th Caf Champions League trophy at the expense of Orlando Pirates, who should still remain proud of their exceptional run in the continental tournament.
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That's it! Final whistle in Cairo and Al Ahly have won the 2013 edition of the Caf Champions League!
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Mohammed Abu Trika
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Mohamed Aboutreika says farewell to his Al Ahly fans, as he is substituted. Al Ahly are on the brink of lifting the trophy.
Pirates need a miracle as we enter stoppage time in Cairo.
Al Ahly's defensive strength is on show as Pirates continue to struggle to create opportunites.
Ahmed Abdul Zaher
Al Ahly are making another change, the goal scorer Zaher replaced by Rabia. Pirates follow suit, as Maklo is thrown into the fray in place of Klate.
Pirates will look to take advantage of their extra-man, but time is running out.
Yellow/Red Sherif Abd Elfadil
Red card for Al Ahly! Elfadil is shown his second yellow of the match and is slowly walking off the pitch after fouling Klate.
Pirates will throw everything they have in attack at the home side now, as they simply have nothing to lose.
Pirates need two goals and Bacela almost provides the first after bursting into the box with pace, but Ekramy provides yet another excellent save to keep out the visitors.
Assist Ahmed Fathy
Goal Ahmed Abdul Zaher
GOAL!!! Al Ahly scores their second! Zaher taps home from inside the box and may have sealed the Caf Champions League trophy for Al Ahly.
Pirates make their first change, bringing on Zambian international Collins Mbesuma for Tlou Segolela.
Tlou Mashedi Segolela
Bacela is able to shake off Naguib and burst down the left flank, but takes too long to unleash a shot and Al Ahly are able to clear the danger.
Al Ahly are looking to close up shop, bringing on another defender as time slowly runs out for Pirates.
An equaliser for Pirates will send the game straight into a penalty-shootout, but the Buccaneers have to find a way past Ekramy first.
Al Ahly have parked the bus and Pirates will need to find a way to unlock the home side's watertight defensive unit.
ZAHER! The striker almost doubles the score for the home side with a shot from just outside the box, but his effort fails to find the target.
Pirates are knocking on the door! Bacela beats the keeper with a good piece of skill, but fails to find the target at the near post. We are in for an exciting last half an hour in Cairo.
Aboutreika is certainly writing his own script in his final Caf Champions League game for Al Ahly, but the midfielder will return for the Club World Cup if the Egyptian Giants can hold onto this lead.
The home side looks in control in Cairo, stringing passes together at will, as their delirious fans continue chanting with full voice.
Pirates will need to regroup quickly, as smoke from flares and firecrackers streams across the pitch.
Assist Abdalla El Said
Goal Mohammed Abu Trika
GOAL!!! Al Ahly scores! A low shot from Said deflects off Gcaba and finds Aboutreika inside the box, and the midfielder makes no mistake in beating Meyiwa from close range.
Soliman tries to chip Meyiwa from 25 yards out, but the keeper is untroubled as the effort glides over the crossbar.
Ekramy does well to clear the danger, as Gomaa is caught out for pace after an errant back pass from Naguib was almost pounced on by Bacela.
Soliman tries the spectacular from outside the box, but his shot sails wide off the outside of his boot.
Matlaba wins an early corner for Pirates, Segolela bending in a delivery, but Ekramy punches the ball out of danger.
Here we go! Pirates get the second half underway. 45 minutes remain in the 2013 edition of the Caf Champions League!
The second half is almost underway in Cairo. Players are back out on the pitch and Pirates will kick off the second stanza.
Roger de Sa will look to bring on more attacking players as the second half takes shape in Cairo, with Pirates still needing a goal in order to stay in the tie.
Al Ahly have looked content to sit back during the first half, their away goal in South Africa still keeping their hand on the trophy. The visitors have missed two glorious chances, Segolela guilty on two occasions, but there were still encouraging signs for Pirates as they prepare for the second half. Any comments on the game so far. Tweet me @Dan0090
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The referee blows the whistle for half-time and the players head to the tunnel for a fifteen minute break.
Chance for Al Ahly! A superbly weighted ball from Soliman almost finds Zaher free in the box, but Meyiwa is able to get to the ball before the striker.
Soliman has a chance to deliver into the box, but offers a poor low cross which is easily dealt with by Pirates.
Bacela is struggling in his lone role upfront, with Al Ahly's central defenders often using their strength to take possession from the striker. Pirates may look to a change in system in the second half.
SEGOLELA! What a chance for Pirates. Klate swings in a corner and finds an unmarked Segolela at the near post, who fails to find the target from point blank range with his attempted header.
Lekghwathi tries an effort from range, his low strike taking a deflection and winning a corner for his side. Klate delivers, but Al Ahly are able to clear.
Yellow Card Sherif Abd Elfadil
First yellow card of the match is shown to Elfadil.
MATLABA! A trademark turn and strike from the full-back, his right-footed shot thudding into the chest of Ekramy who grasps onto the effort with ease.
Klate does not take a shot at goal, rather electing to provide Manyisa with a pass, but the midfielder's effort is off target.
Myeni is troubling Al Ahly's defenders with his pace and skill, winning another free kick in a promising area for the visitors.
Pirates are under immense pressure and continue to struggle when re-gaining possession. A goal for the home side could be imminent.
ZAHER! Al Ahly's top scorer tests Meyiwa with a powerful effort from outside the area, but the Pirates keeper is up to the task and palms the ball behind for a corner.
SEGOLELA! What a save from Ekramy! The winger is released free on goal and tries to stab an effort past the onrushing keeper, but Ekramy shows his class with a fine low save.
Al Ahly look content to sit back and soak up the pressure, using their pace and skill on the counter-attack to hurt Pirates. The visitors are looking slightly anxious on the ball.
EL SAID! Soliman's bursts down the left with scintillating pace, his cross finding El Said in the area, but the midfielder's attempt to beat Meyiwa at the near post goes out for a goal kick.
ASHOUR! Soliman curls a cross onto the head of Ashour, but his effort flashes across the face of goal. A danger sign for Pirates there.
The match is being played at a slow pace, but Pirates are starting to look more potent in possession.
Thabo Matlaba concedes a corner after a poor touch. Mahamutsa clears Soliman's delivery to give Al Ahly a second chance to deliver into the box, but Meyiwa is impeded and the Buccaneers can send the ball upfield.
KLATE! The Pirates midfielder hits the target with a left-footed strike, but Ekramy collects the attempt with ease.
Pirates showing some early nerves with a few errant passes, but Myeni wins a free kick in Daine Klate territory.
The dreaded lazers are making an appearance once again in the Caf Champions League, with the home fans ruthlessly targeting Pirates' players' vision in the opening minutes.
Tackles are flying in during the early stages, and Pirates win the first corner kick of the match after some enterprising play from Myeni. Segolela's delivery is easily collected by Ekramy who sends the ball upfield.
Here we go! Al Ahly gets the game underway.
The two teams are lining up and kickoff is imminent in Cairo. Will Pirates be crushed by the might of the Egyptian Giants? Or, can the Buccaneers defy the odds once again? Stay with Goal South Africa to find out.
Ten minutes remain until the match gets underway in Cairo. The players are emerging from the tunnel and are being met by a tumultous atmosphere inside the Arab Constructors Stadium, which is packed beyond capacity.
Al Ahly will pin their hopes on their star-studded squad, with Mohamed Aboutreika looking to add another Caf Champions League title to his collection before retiring from football.
Pirates will struggle without key performers Andile Jali and Happy Jele, but the inclusion of Lucky Lekgwathi adds some much-needed experience into the Pirates XI.
Pirates starting XI: Meyiwa, Matlaba, Lekgwathi, Gcaba, Mahamutsa, Manyisa, Masalesa, Klate, Segolela, Myeni, Bacela.
Al Ahly starting XI : Ekramy, Abdel-Fadil, Gomaa, Naguib, Moawad, Fathi, Ashour, El-Said, Soliman, Aboutreika, Abdel-Zaher.
With no further ado, here are the starting line-ups for the match this evening.
However, Orlando Pirates have shown immense spirit against the odds and while playing away from home, knocking out TP Mazembe and Esperance de Tunis with heroic performances in hostile conditions. This will give the visitors a glimmer of hope as they take to the pitch in front of an estimated 40 000 Al Ahly supporters.
Al Ahly are masters of the Caf Champions League final, only losing twice at this stage of the competition. After playing in the small seaside town El Gouna for most of the competition, the home side will enjoy returning to Cairo for the final and should be spurred on by their passionate throngs of fans.
Defending champions Al Ahly are aiming to lift their eighth title this evening, while Pirates seek their second star, last winning the competition in 1995.
Hello, and welcome to Goal South Africa's LIVE coverage of the Caf Champions League final's second leg. A week ago, Orlando Pirates and Al Ahly played to a hard-fought 1-1 draw in South Africa, with Mohamed Aboutreika's sublime first half free-kick giving the Egyptian Giants a significant advantage in the tie. Thabo Matlaba's late equaliser has provided the visitors with hope, but the weight of history is stacked against them. The second leg is set to kickoff in a little under 30 minutes in Cairo. Stay with Goal South Africa for every moment of what should be an enthralling conclusion to the 2013 Caf Champions League. Any pre-match predictions? Tweet me @Dan0090
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