Orlando Pirates crashed out of the Caf Confederation Cup after they got a masterclass in finishing by a scientific Raja Casablanca on Sunday afternoon.
A ruthless Raja beat the hapless Buccaneers 4-0 on this Confederation Cup quarterfinal 2d leg in Morocco to take the two-legged tie 5-1 on combination.
The two facets performed to a 1-1 attract the first outing in Johannesburg a week in the past‚ but Raja deserted that cautious capability in the return leg‚ making the Bucs breeze the plank in cruel vogue.
The hosts got their name up on the stadium scoreboard very early in the first half of after tricky Ben Malango headed in the opening strike of this uncover in the eighth minute.
The Congolese rose above each person else on the pitch to punish the guests with a extremely effective header.
It used to make certain that Bucs goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands would ranking a extremely busy afternoon as he had to execute a fascinating build from shut differ proper moments after conceding the opening purpose.
To their credit ranking‚ Pirates tried to execute a fight of it duirng that spell and had two like a flash chances by plot of Harmless Maela and Deon Hotto‚ but they discovered the dwelling goalkeeper Anas Zniti in an uncompromising mood.
Nonetheless the guests often regarded fragile in the aid and Raja indirectly discovered the opening they ranking been procuring for when midfielder Zakaria El Wardi beat Sandilands with a low shot from shut differ following a delivery from Soufiane Rahimi in the 20th minute.
The supplier grew to turn out to be purpose scorer 10 minutes later when Rahimi scored the third of the afternoon for the dwelling team in the 30th minute‚ with Malango actively engaging about his team’s impact-up.
Heads visibly dropped after Rahimi had chipped Sandilands to ranking the third strike as Pirates had a massive mountain to climb‚ given that they had conceded an away purpose in the 1-1 attract the first leg at Orlando Stadium a week in the past.
The strong Malango returned to torment the guests further when he chipped Sandilands for the fourth purpose of the match in the 36th minute‚ successfully placing the game out of Pirates’ attain.
It used to be an advanced first half of for the guests and they could ranking been relieved when referee signalled the half of time destroy.
Pirates tried to reclaim some measure of pride in the 2d length‚ but Raja kept them at bay and averted the guests from scoring the away purpose that will ranking ignited some flicker of hope in their ranks.
So after a dramatic weekend of continental competitors‚ Kaizer Chiefs are the nation’s sole representatives after Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns crashed out in dramatic vogue.
Sundowns exited the Champions League after they ranking been dumped out of the tournament by frail coach Pitso Mosimane’s Al Ahly on Saturday.
The game used to be marked by controversy after a section of the Sundowns fans verbally abused Mosimane outside the stadium gates‚ hurling profanities and showing placards with insults directed at the coach and his household.