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

Orlando Pirates could not win the Confederation Cup after losing 5-4 to RS Berkane


The Confederation Cup was a disappointment for the Buccaneers. 


Orlando Pirates' quest to win their first CAF title continues after losing to RS Berkane in the CAF Confederation Cup penalty shootout on Friday night. 


This team's starting lineup remained unchanged from the second leg of their semifinal matchup with Al Ahli Tripoli the previous Saturday. It was Happy Jele's third appearance in a European final for the team. 


Pirates' Deon Hotto blew a golden opportunity to put his club ahead after just three minutes of play. Hotto's shot from a clean position was saved by goalkeeper Hamiani Akbi after he received a superbly placed through pass. 


However, all of the Pirates' previous saves were in their favor when Jele headed a cross from Goodman Mosele just inches from the near post. 


More chances arose for Buccaneers just after the half-hour mark, including one in which Bandile Shandu attempted an audacious low shot that Akbi had to dive to his knees and block. 


Berkane began to push forward in the closing stages of the first half and came close to taking the lead when Charki El Bahri's low attempt was blocked by Richard Ofori just before halftime. At the end of the first half, Berkane was tied at 1. 


In spite of the Buccaneers' domination, the game was restarted and another close-range effort by Hotto to score on the guilt-edge was stopped by Akbi, who was forced to make another stop. 


A new pair of legs for the final third and the final 30 minutes of the second half was provided by Kwame Peprah's substitution for Tshegofatso Mabasa in the Pirates' front line. 


Overtime was necessitated by a lack of success at the top position for the Pirates even after the introduction of Mabasa. 


Thabang Monare was fouled in the penalty area by Berkane five minutes into extra time after the call was reviewed. In a matter of seconds, El Fahli had converted the penalty kick and the game was over. 


Because of the Buccaneers' inability to stage a comeback following Mabasa's header, which appeared to be within sight, they launched an all-out assault in the hopes of scoring a goal. 


On the 117th minute of play, Lorch was unable to control a long ball that was thrown into the penalty area, and the ball ended up in the back of the net for the Pirates. 


Brahim El Bahraoui scored the game-winning penalty kick for Berkane after regulation and overtime, while Lorch's spot attempt was saved. Berkane prevailed in the game.

Sources:

https://www.kickoff.com/news/articles/south-africa-news/categories/news/caff-confederation-cup/caf-confederation-cup-match-report-orlando-pirates-v-rsb-berkane-20-may-2022/717781

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