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CAF Champions League
19 October 2013
• Stade Olympique de Radès, Radès
Referee: E. Otogo-Castane
I. Msakni 55'
Aggregate 1 - 1 Orlando Pirates win on away goals
R. Mahamutsa 52'
Pirates have defied the odds, securing a 1-1 draw in Tunis in order to progress to the final of the continental tournament. Mahamutsa opened the scoring, but Esperance struck back via Mskani, setting up a tense last 25 minutes. Despite missing numerous chances, the visitors will await Al Ahly or Coton Sport in the final. Celebrations continue on the pitch. Thank you for joining Goal South Africa for this Live commentary. Stay tuned for all the reaction to this historic moment for South African football.
90' + 5'
That's it! Pirates are into the Caf Champions League final!
90' + 2'
Tension is running high in Tunis as the home side desperatedly look to create a chance to win this semi-final in the dying embers of the match.
90' + 1'
MBESUMA! In the first minute of stoppage time, the experienced striker creates a glorious opportunity with some excellent dribbling skills, but his shot flashes across the face of goal.
Yellow Card K. Aouadhi
KLATE! Pirates create another excellent chance as Klate bursts into space down the left and blasts an effort into the stands.
There is a long delay as Gcaba recovers, which allows for Pirates to make their first substitution, bringing on Mbesuma for Bacela.
Lennox Luyanda Bacela
Jouini has a chance at the near post after rising well to meet a long throw, but his challenge on Gcaba is deemed to be dangerous by the referee and Pirates survive.
Manyisa fells Belaili and Esperance have a chance to hit the target with free-kick. The wall does its job and Bacela eventually clears the danger.
Senzo Meyiwa has hit the deck in what could an attempt to waste time, which could come back to bite Pirates as the referee will merely add to the amount of injury time.
Segolela's low strike at goal is not powerful enough to beat Chrifia, as Pirates edge closer to their first Caf Champions League final since 1995.
Esperance make their final substitution, while Pirates have yet to make a change tonight.
Less than 15 minutes to go in Tunis and Pirates continue to create chances, with Matlaba earning a free kick after striking a thunderbolt into Ragued, who is punished for a hand ball.
Yellow Card Hocine Ragued
Bacela provides Klate with a brilliant pass which cuts Esperance's defence in two, but the winger is adjudged to be offside much to his disbelief.
Yellow Card Lennox Luyanda Bacela
Drama in Tunis as Daine Klate is hauled off the ground by Dhaouadi, sparking a scuffle between the two sides. The incident ends and Bacela is shown a yellow card.
Aaouhadhi has a strike at goal, but the referee spotted a push on Bacela in the box and Pirates win a free kick which should prove to be a relief.
Matlaba fails to take advantage of a huge opportunity, as Pirates counter with pace and the left-back decides to take on Derbali, instead of providing Bacela who was in acres of space in front of goal.
With twenty-five minutes to go, Esperance are beginning to build towards securing a winner after winning consecutive corners.
Opportunity for Myeni as Jele hits a low cross into the path of the winger, but his attempt sails into the stands.
Pirates are still maintaining good pressure, but Esperance also look dangerous in possession. This match certainly promises more goals tonight.
Esperance bring on more firepower in the form of Akaichi.
Chance for Bacela! Jele sends a close-range header crashing into the right post and Bacela blasts the rebound into the stands. This match has caught fire and we could be in for a Caf Champions League classic!
Assist Y. Belaïli
Goal I. Msakni
GOAL!!! Esperance equalise! Mskani scores after Belaili bursts into space down the right and finds the substitute with a low cross. Mskani merely had to hit the target and his composed finish has put Esperance back on level terms. However, the home side still need another goal.
Esperance now need two goals tonight in order to progress to the final of the tournament. However, Pirates continue to dominate the match and the home side look shell-shocked.
Assist Tlou Mashedi Segolela
Goal Rooi Petros Mahamutsa
GOAL!!!!!! Pirates take the lead! The Buccaner's finally score as Segolela curls in a corner, finding Mahamutsa, who times his header perfectly to beat Chrifia and give the visitors a vital lead.
Yellow Card Happy Jele
Pirates! The visitors should have scored there! Segolela provides a telling cross into the area which finds Klate right in front of goal, but the winger's header is brilliantly saved by Chrifia. Bacela receives the rebound but rushes his shot, and the ball skews off his boot and out for a goal-kick. Profligacy is haunting Pirates!
BACELA! The striker looks menacing as he runs towards goal, hitting a low drive which misses the left post by inches.
Esperance have made the first change of the match, replacing Darragi with the attacking threat of Mskani.
Pirates get the second half underway as the Esperance fans begin to urge their side on for what could be a decisive 45 minutes.
The second half is set to kick-off soon. Pirates will target an away goal which could all but ensure a spot in the 2013 Caf Champions League final.
After a cagey start to the match, both sides were able to carve out good opportunites during the first half. Pirates do not look uncomfortable in the hostile conditions and Roger de Sa will want more composure from his side in the second half. Tweet me @Dan0090 with any impressions of the game so far, or a prediction.
45' + 2'
Half time in Tunis!
Two minutes to be added on at the end of what has been a fascinating first half in Tunis.
SEGOLELA! Pirates counter well once again, but the winger wastes another good opportunity as he blasts his shot into the crowd when a cross into the area may have been more profitable for Pirates.
Pirates win a free kick after some delicious football on the edge of Esperance's box and Daine Klate steps up to take it. His effort is poor though as he fails to hit the target.
Yellow Card Ayanda Gcaba
Gcaba picks up a yellow card after an off-the-ball incident.
BACELA! The striker rises well in the box to meet the ball with his head, but the effort goes wide past the right post.
Meyiwa is called into action once more, but saves with ease as Belaili's shot is not powerful enough to cause concern.
Esperance win a free kick in a promising position and cause Meyiwa more problems as Darragi's low shot is spilled by the keeper and Hapoel almost buries the rebound. The keeper is receiving treatment after taking a blow to the face.
Meyiwa almost concedes a horror goal! A tame long-range effort from Ragued takes a bad bounce in front of the keeper and his save loops into the air and goes out for a corner off the top of the crossbar.
SEGOLELA! The winger tries to surprise Cherifia with a powerful drive from the right hand side of midfield, but the keeper is up to the task and turns the ball around the left post for a corner.
Few pundits have given Pirates a chance to defeat Esperance at their fortress tonight, but the away side should be happy with their performance levels in the first half an hour of this match.
Segolela's looping cross from the right wing causes Chrefia a few problems and the keeper decides to punch clear.
Proceedings have settled down again after a few hair-raising moments for both sides.
This match has come to life! Hapoel is released into space down the left and almost finds an unmarked Ndjeng right in front of goal with a low pass, but Matlaba is able to clear and concede a corner.
What a chance for Pirates on the counter-attack! Esperance are caught cold by a killer pass from Jali, which finds Segolela bursting down the right with pace. With the goal at his mercy, the winger decides to provide a square pass to Bacela but Esperance clear the danger. Pirates may rue that miss!
Ndjeng shows his strength and tries to muscle past Ayanda Gcaba, but the young defender does well to herd the striker away from goal and concede a free kick.
The cagey beginning to this semi-final continues as both sides struggle to find their rhythm, with many fouls occurring in the middle of the park.
JELE! Manyisa floats in a cross to the far post, which finds Jele unmarked, but the full-back can only head the ball into the side netting.
Segolela fights for possession with Shammam, eventually fouling the Esperance winger. The home side immediately lose the ball after taking the free kick, and the Buccaneers win their own set-piece.
Ndjeng tries to release Barragi down the left, but Tlou Segolela is able to clear the danger.
Pirates are sitting back and soaking up the pressure, obviously hoping to hit the hosts on the counter-attack. A few nervy tackles and passes have also not helped Pirates find any kind of control in the early stages.
The home side are looking confident in possession and have not allowed Pirates to settle into the match as yet.
Here we go! Esperance get us underway and immediately win a free kick around 40 yards out from the goal.
We're seconds away from kickoff in front of Esperance's passionate home fans, who should create a hostile atmosphere for Pirates.
Esperance are aiming to play their fourth consecutive Caf Champions League final. The Tunisian outfit lost 2-1 in the 2012 final at this very stadium - a small glimmer of hope for the Buccaneers.
Khaled Mouelhi, Esperance's influential midfielder, is not available for the match tonight after suffering a thigh injury. Pirates also have major injury setbacks, starting the match without Siyabonga Sangweni and Thandani Ntshumayelo.
Orlando Pirates starting XI: Meyiwa, Jele, Mahamutsa, Gcaba, Matlaba, Segolela, Jali, Manyisa, Klate, Myeni, Bacela
Esperance starting XI: Chrifia, Derbali, Dhaouadi, Mansour, Chemmam, Ragued, Aouadhi, Afful, Darragi, Belaili, Ndjeng
With kickoff in just under fifteen minutes, here are the lineups for the match.
My name is Daniel Eslick and I will be taking you through all the action tonight from the Stades Olympique de Rades in Tunis. Pirates have an immense challenge before them, as Esperance's extraordinary home form has seen the side only lose three of their last 60 matches in front of their home fans.
Hello and welcome to Goal South Africa's LIVE coverage of the Caf Champions Leg semi-finals. Tonight, Orlando Pirates face Esperance in Tunis, with both sides having an equal chance to move into the final of the tournament, after the first leg finished 1-0.
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