By The Numbers: Horoya AC 2-1 Orlando Pirates

Orlando Pirates crashed out of the Caf Champions League following a 2-1 defeat away to Horoya AC. Goals breaks down the clash that was in numbers

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    #1 Pirates crash out of Caf Champions League

    Orlando Pirates needed to beat Horoya AC to seal their passage into the knockout stages, but they were not able to as they went down 2-1 away from home to crash out of the competition. 

    Goal looks at some interesting statistics following Pirates' failure to progress. 

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    #2 Pirates never came to the party

    For a team that needed to win at all costs, Pirates showed little courage in front of goal in the first half as they had a single shot on target despite enjoying 50.8% ball possession. 

    Micho Sredojevic's men also lost 75 balls in the first half, making things difficult for themselves on the road. Their tackle success rate was also below-par with just 75% to Horoya's 83%. 


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    #3 Better second half

    Despite having a better second half compared to the first, Pirates still couldn't hurt Horoya where it mattered the most, and they paid the price by conceding twice in the final 45 minutes. 

    The second half saw them record five shots on target while scoring twice, but Horoya did the better job by recording six shots on target and finding the back of the net twice. 

    Horoya relied more on long balls, recording 78 long balls to Pirates' 70. 

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    #4 Too many touches

    Orlando Pirates had too many touches on the ball (515) to Horoya's 452 but they still couldn't turn that into enough goals to beat Horoya AC. 

    They also completed 363 passes to Horoya's 286, and that somehow frustrated Micho Sredojevic and his technical team. 

    For the better part of the match, Sredojevic was up on his feet to try and encourage his charges to move the ball forward and score goals.      

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    #5 Sandilands to the rescue?

    Wayne Sandilands faced 17 shots on the night, and he conceded just two. But then again, the two goals proved enough for Horoya who in total control after taking the lead. 

    Of the 17 shots he faced, Sandilands made five saves to keep the scoreline respectable. 

    His defence found it difficult to deal with Horoya attackers.