Pirates beat CS Sfaxien

Pirates beat CS Sfaxien

Thabo-Rakhale-goalOrlando Pirates put one foot in the semifinals of the Caf Confederation Cup with a 2-0 win over Tunisia’s CS Sfaxien in their Group B clash at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

Goals either side of half time from Thabo Rakhale and Menzi Masuku took the Buccaneers to victory and saw them join group leaders Zamalek on nine points. Should the Egyptian side avoid defeat in their match against AC Leopards in Congo on Sunday, Pirates’ place in the final four will be mathematically confirmed.

Pirates created the first chance of the match seven minutes after the kick-off, with Thabo Rakhale bursting through the defence before forcing a fine finger-tip save from goalkeeper Rami Jridi.

Four minutes later the Tunisians should have taken the lead through Maher Hannachi, who sliced a shot wide of the target after being presented with a great scoring chance by a poor defensive header from Ntsikelelo Nyauza.

Sfaxien were generally the better team through most of the first half, but just as they seemed set to take full control of the match, they were punished by the Buccaneers. Rakhale put the hosts ahead in the 37th minute, curling a shot into the top corner after good set-up play by Oupa Manyisa.

Pirates took their lead into the break and needed just nine minutes of the second half to double their advantage, with Menzi Masuku scoring a fine solo goal from a powerful run down the right flank.

At 2-0 up, Bucs took their foot off the pedal somewhat but Sfaxien were unable to really threaten a comeback. Brighton Mhlongo was called upon to make a couple of notable saves, but in truth the home side always looked the likelier scorers in the final third of the match.

Orlando Pirates (1) 2 (Rakhale 37’, Masuku 54’)

CS Sfaxien 0

 

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