Full time: Orlando Pirates 1-1 Ahly
The referee blows his final whistle, Orlando Pirates 1-1 Ahly
Thabo Matlaba skips past Ahmed Fathi and fires a precise low shot that goes into the bottom corner as Orlando Pirates snatch a draw in the dying seconds.
90+3 GOAL FOR ORLANDO PIRATES!
Ahly make their final substitution. Left-back Ahmed Shedid replaces playmaker Abdallah El-Said.
Three minutes remaining before the end. Will Ahly be able to keep their precious lead intact?
A long-range shot from Pirates goes high over.
Ahly make their second substitution. Tonight's hero Abou-Treika makes way for defender Rami Rabia.
Abou-Treika's deflected free-kick goes out for a corner.
Ahly's Dominique Da Silva wins a free-kick on the edge of the area after a surging run.
The Pirates are finding it difficult to maintain their rhythm. They are barely causing trouble for Ahly.
A wayward shot by Bacela goes wide. The Pirates' long-range shots are still inaccurate.
Walid Soliman squanders a chance to double Ahly's lead on the break. He is fed in the area by a pass from Abou-Treika but his mis-hit shot goes wide.
The Pirates ease off a bit, but they still have the better possession.
Dominique Da Silva replaces Ahmed Abdel-Zaher as Ahly make their first substitution. The Mauritania forward can cause troubles for the Pirates' backline through his pace.
The Pirates are throwing everything forward, but are denied by some desperate defending from the visitors.
Abou-Treika is producing a virtuoso display tonight.
Ekrami pulls off an impressive, one-handed save to palm a powerful shot from Andile Jali
The first clear-cut chance for the Pirates! A timely interception by Wael Gomaa deflects away a shot from the lively Bacela.
A low shot by Tlou Segolela is saved by Ekrami.
The Pirates pour forward en masse.
At the other end, a low cross from the Pirates go begging, eluding all the players.
Ahmed Abdel-Zaher finds the net with a shot on the turn! But he is flagged for offside after a pass from Abou-Treika. Television replays suggest Abdel-Zaher was onside though.
The Pirates' shots are still wayward.
Ahly are likely to sit back in the second half to defend their slender advantage. They can still rely on their nearly flawless counter attacks to double their advantage.
The second half is underway
The referee blows his half-time whistle
Striker Ahmed Abdel-Zaher wastes a chance for Ahly! He collects a low cross from the right and shoots from a tight angle but his effort is blocked by Senzo Meyiwa.
Happy Jele's low shot narrowly misses the target. Ahly are still holding firm.
Ahly's keeper Ekrami beats Bacela to a cross from the right.
Daine Klate bamboozles Wael Gomaa on the left flank to earn a free-kick, but the ensuing cross is cleared by the Ahly defence.
Sifiso Myeni blasts a long-range shot that goes high over.
Five minutes remaining before the break, Pirates are still struggling to mount threats.
Pirates are repeatedly trying to jink into the area through the flanks, but to no avail.
Ahly come close to adding the second! A neatly-worked counter attack sees Abou-Treika release Walid Soliman with a deft through pass but the latter's low shot hits the side netting from the edge of the area.
The Pirates are finding it very difficult to create genuine goal-scoring opportunities, although they have the better possession.
Another timely interception from Sayed Moawad denies a clear-cut chance for the Pirates.
Ahly's central defender Mohamed Naguib clears a long ball before Bacela gathers it in the area.
Abou-Treika is dictating play in midfield. He is the launch pad of any counter attack for the Red Devils.
Ahly's attacking midfielders repeatedly drift to the back to close down spaces when Pirates have possession.
Ahly's defence is very tight so far, restricting Orlando Pirates to some tame efforts.
A long-range shot by Bacela is handled by keeper Sherif Ekrami.
Ahly's left-back Sayed Moawad clears a dangerous Pirates cross. The hosts are expected to pile on pressure.
Classy playmaker Mohamed Abou-Treika curls an unstoppable free-kick into the top corner of the net. A superb strike!
14 GOAL FOR AHLY!!
Ahly's Abdallah El-Said is awarded a free-kick on the edge of the Pirates' area.
The Pirates are pressing high up the pitch.
Ahly will be hoping Hossam Ashour and Ahmed Fathi, the two defensive midfielders, can successfully deal with the Pirates' pacy forwards.
The Pirates are executing some pacy moves in the early stages.
Bacela latches onto a pinpoint cross from Andile Jale at the near post but he is flagged for offside.
Ahly's right-back Sherif Abdel-Fadil skips past his challenger but his cross is cleared by the defence.
At the other end, a shot by playmaker Abdallah El-Said goes high over.
Roared on by a sell-out crowd at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Lennox Bacela sends a low shot into the hands of keeper Sherif Ekrami in the hosts' first foray.
The match is underway
Orlando Pirates starting line-up: Senzo Meyiwa, Ayanda Gcaba, Happy Jele, Daine Klate, Thabo Matlaba, Lennox Bacela, Sifiso Myeni, Andile Jali, Oupa Manyisa, Tlou Segolela, Rooi Mahamutsa.
Ahly's Ahmed Fathi, a natural right-back, is likely to be deployed as a central midfielder in a bid to suffocate Orlando Pirates' sources of play.
Ahly's starting line-up: Sherif Ekrami; Sherif Abdel-Fadil, Wael Gomaa, Mohamed Naguib, Sayed Moawad; Ahmed Fathi, Hossam Ashour, Abdallah El-Said, Walid Soliman; Mohamed Abou-Treika, Ahmed Abdel-Zaher
17:50 Ahly have reached the Champions League final nine times, winning seven and losing twice. Check the results and scorers of their nine final appearances.
17:20 There were doubts over the availability of Ahly's veteran playmaker Mohamed Abou-Treika because of flu but reports suggested he would be fit to feature in the game.
16:00 Ahly coach Mohamed Youssef has a fully-fit squad at his disposal after Egyptian international keeper Sherif Ekrami shrugged off an injury
15:15 Ahly have never won a Champions League game on South African soil, drawing three times and losing twice in five games.
14:30 Ahly qualified for the final by the skin of their teeth despite appearing in a comfortable position after holding Cameroon’s Coton Sport to a 1-1 first-leg draw in Garoua.
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