Orlando Pirates CAF Champions League permutations

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Omar Gaber opened the scoring for Zamalek on four minutes, but Waleed Soliman and Ahmed Abdul Zaher put the hosts back in front going into the break.

Mohamed Aboutrika and Ahmed Fathy added a third and fourth in the second half, before Ahmed Hassan added a note of respectability to the scoreline for the visitors late on.

Ahly now lead Group A with 10 points, while Bucs are level with AC Leopards on seven. Zamalek bring up the rear on four points and are out of semifinal reckoning.

There is one round of matches to play, with Zamalek facing AC Leopards and Pirates hosting Ahly at Orlando Stadium next weekend, September 22.

The top two teams go through to the semi-finals.

So what is left for Pirates is this: A win against Ahly will see them through and topping the group, even if Leopards win. If three teams are tied at the top it creates a mini-league of points gained against the other two. The Buccaneers would then have seven, Ahly six and Leopards four.

If Pirates draw and Leopards win or draw, Ahly will go through as group winners along with the Congolese side.

If Pirates draw against Ahly, they need Zamalek to beat Leopards in Egypt.

If Pirates lose they are out, even if Zamalek beat Leopards. That scenario would leave another mini-league which would have Leopards on seven points, Zamalek on six and Pirates finishing rock-bottom.