Pirates go down at Mbombela Stadium

Orlando Pirates were handed a 2-1 defeat at the Mbombela Stadium by Egyptian giants.

Orlando Pirates were handed a 2-1 defeat at the Mbombela Stadium by Egyptian giants Zamalek in the Group B match of the CAF Confederations Cup.

JOHANNESBURG - Orlando Pirates and Zamalek went into their clash on Saturday afternoon off the back of important victories over AC Leopards of Congo and CS Sfaxien of Tunisia respectively.

A win for either side would see them the top of Group B with six points from two games.

It was a cagey start to the match in the opening 45 minutes as neither side made the opposing goalkeepers work, but Pirates did make the most of their possession, with Nhlanhla Gabuza connecting with the upright early in the game.

Zamalek broke out of their shell in the second stanza, as they started finding some rhythm, attacking the Bucaneers defence regularly, but after an hour of play, the deadlock was still not broken.

It would take the presence of Lehlohonolo Majoro in the 68th minute to bring about a difference in the match as with his first touch of the match, he put the home side in front, guiding the ball into the back of the net at close range.

The euphoria would be short lived as Zamalek went on the attack soon after in search of the equalizer - and they found it thanks to a bullet of a goal from Maarouf Youssef Abdallah in the 72nd minute.

With seven minutes to go in the match, Mostafa Fathi put the final nail in the Pirates coffin with a sensational curling shot past Brighton Mhlongo.

Revenge was achieved by Zamalek for the 4-1 drubbing they suffered at the hands of the Ghosts back in 2013.