Highlights: Pirates reach Confed Cup final despite defeat

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  • Post published:May 16, 2022

Catch up with highlights from the Caf Confederation Cup as Orlando Pirates advanced to the final despite suffering a shock defeat by Al Ahli Tripoli in the semi-final return leg at Orlando Stadium on Sunday evening.

The Buccaneers built a 2-0 first-leg lead in Benghazi last Sunday and qualified 2-1 on aggregate for a second final appearance in the second-tier African competition.

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Seemingly in a hopeless position after the home defeat, Ahly were the better team in the return match, especially in the opening half on a cold, damp night in Soweto, Johannesburg.

But with the match heading for a goalless stalemate, Libyan substitute Ali Abu Arqoub scored on 89 minutes to set up a tense finish, which included four minutes of added time.

A second Ahly goal would have taken the semi-final to a penalty shootout, but the tired visitors never threatened to score a second time at Orlando Stadium.

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Pirates face Renaissance Berkane of Morocco or Tout Puissant Mazembe of Democratic Republic of Congo, who meet later on Sunday, in the final this Friday in the Nigerian city of Uyo.