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Orlando Pirates miss out on Confed Cup crown after the 5-4 loss to RS Berkane.

Following their loss against RS Berkane 5-4, the Orlando Pirates were unable to win the Confederation Cup.

The Buccaneers were unable to win the Confederation Cup.

After suffering a defeat at the hands of RS Berkane in the CAF Confederation Cup penalty shootout on Friday night, Orlando Pirates' long journey to win their first CAF trophy continues.

The Buccaneers did not make any changes to their starting lineup following the second leg of their semi-final match against Al Ahli Tripoli the previous weekend. Happy Jele started in his third continental final for the club.

After only three minutes of play, Pirates' Deon Hotto squandered a significant opportunity to grab the lead for his team. Hotto received a brilliantly placed through pass, but his shot from a clean position was sent straight at goalkeeper Hamiani Akbi.

Jele headed a cross from Goodman Mosele just inches away from the near post of the net, but all of the earlier saves continued to go in the Pirates' favor.

Minutes after the half-hour mark, the Buccaneers had several more opportunities that were worth taking, including one in which Bandile Shandu took a low, speculative shot that forced Akbi to dive to his knees and block it away.

In the final parts of the first half, Berkane started to surge forward and came close to taking the lead with a low shot from Charki El Bahri that Richard Ofori battled to deal with on the stroke of halftime. Berkane finished the first half tied at 1.

The Buccaneers, though, continued to exert their dominance when the game was restarted and forced Akbi to make another stop at close range from another effort by Hotto to score on the guilt-edge as the defense was caught square.

Tshegofatso Mabasa came in for Kwame Peprah up front for the Pirates so that they could have a new set of legs for the final third and the last 30 minutes of the second half.

Even after bringing Mabasa into the game, the Pirates struggled to find success at the top position, and as a result, the game went into overtime.

Following a review, five minutes into extra time, Berkane won a penalty kick for his team by drawing a foul from Thabang Monare inside the penalty area. El Fahli made quick work of the penalty kick, and the game went to sudden death.

After Mabasa headed a floating ball across the bottom-corner, the Buccaneers were forced to launch an all-out onslaught in the hopes of mounting a comeback, which seemed to be within sight after Mabasa's header.

The Pirates were able to tie the game after Lorch failed to properly control a pass that was played into the area from a long ball on the 117th minute of play and the ball ended up in the back of the net.

After regulation and overtime, the game went to penalties, where Brahim El Bahraoui scored the game-winning kick for Berkane while Lorch had his spot kick stopped. Berkane won the match.


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