Etoile break Pirates’ hearts in Confed Cup final

1-0 is how it would end on the day as the former champions reclaimed glory in the Confed Cup,

FILE: Pirates came out in the second half a rejuvenated side, hungry for the equalising goal and to possible stretch the game to a penalty shootout. Picture: Leeto M Khoza/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Orlando Pirates went into the second leg of the CAF Confederation Cup final against Etoile du Sahel in Sousse, Tunisia, needing just one goal to turn their fortunes around and put themselves in the driving seat, in their quest to win their first ever title.

Many expected Etoile to sit back for much of the game to try protect their away goal advantage, letting Pirates come at them, only to catch them on the counter-attack when the opportunity arose.

To the Buccaneers fans' displeasure, that would not be the case, as the home side took the game to Eric Tinkler's side, looking for the cushion goal and to put Pirates under added pressure.

Ammar Jemal found himself in a great place to toe-poke the ball into the back of the net, after the Bucs goalkeeper Felipe Ovono fumbled the ball, giving the home side the crucial lead.

The Tunisian's lead 2-1 on aggregate, setting up what should be an interesting final 45 minutes.

Pirates came out in the second half a rejuvenated side, hungry for the equalising goal and to possible stretch the game to a penalty shootout.

Tinkler's men threw everything at Sahel, keeping the game in the home side's half for much of the 45 minutes, but the Tunisians, who've boasted arguably the best defensive outfit in the competition, thwarted every attack that came at them.

One-nil is how it would end on the day as the former champions reclaimed glory in the Confed Cup, to win it 2-1, breaking the South Africans' hearts again, who faltered in a continental final two years ago as well.