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2 Feb 2019
11:38 pm

Pirates and Esperance share the spoils in a goalless affair


Orlando Pirates and Esperance of Tunisia played to a goalless draw in a top-of-the-table CAF Champions League Group B match at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday evening.

Orlando Pirates player Justin Shonga and Ayman Mohamed of Esperance during the CAF Champions League match between Orlando Pirates and Esperance at Orlando Stadium. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

From the onset, it seemed like the 3-time Champions League winners had made the trip to South Africa in search of a point, as their defence and midfield lay deep. In so doing created few attacking opportunities.

Justin Shonga and Thembinkosi Lorch proved more than a handful for the Tunisian club’s defence, while Xola Mlambo and Vincent Pule kept the Esperance midfield on the back foot.

Despite their attacking efforts, few shots on goal were of enough quality to threaten visiting goalkeeper Rami Jeridi.

At the other end of the park, Innocent Maela did a solid marking job on Esperance’s Franck Kom, to ensure that the Cameroonian was not allowed to run into dangerous positions.

The Buccaneers remain top of the group standings on goal difference, as they join Esperance with 5 points from 3 games.

Pirates will now turn their attention to Saturday’s Soweto Derby against Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, before facing Esperance three days later in Champions League action in Tunis.

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