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2018 World Cup qualifier: Ivory Coast 0-2 Morocco – As it happened – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Nov 11, 2017. 21:21


Welcome to as-it-happened coverage of the 2018 World Cup qualifier between Ivory Coast and Morocco from the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny in Abidjan.

Commentary:
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90+4′ – Full time – Done and dusted! Morocco win 2-0 and top Group C to secure safe passage to Russia 2018! The Atlas Lions will return to the World Cup for the first time since 1998, while Ivory Coast miss out on a fourth successive showing at the global showpiece!

90+1′ – Substitution – Faycal Fajr replaces Belhanda in Morocco’s last change.

90′ – There will be three minutes of added time.

89′ – A few off-the-ball scraps sparking now, Ivory Coast’s frustration is getting the better of them.

87′ – Doumbia gets up to meet Aurier’s ball into the box, but his header is comfortably saved by the Morocco goalkeeper.

85′ – More great defence from Dirar against Zaha – the Moroccan has played superbly to keep the Elephants attacker quiet in this match.

82′ – Substitution – Sofyan Amrabat replaces the excellent Ziyach in Morocco’s second change.

81′ – Little energy or urgency from the Elephants, they don’t seem to believe a comeback is possible.

79′ – Just over 10 minutes left, Morocco can just about taste the World Cup…

76′ – Substitution – Gervinho makes way for Salomon Kalou in the home side’s last change.

75′ – Substitution – Morocco’s first change sees Boutaib replaced by youngster Achraf Bencharki.

71′ – El Kajoui makes an easy catch from a right-wing cross. Ivory Coast really haven’t worked the Morocco goalkeeper through this match.

69′ – Nope, Kessie can’t make anything of a simple ball to the near post and it’s a goal kick to Morocco.

68′ – Great perseverance from Zaha to win a corner kick, can they make something of it?

66′ – Great work from Gradel to chase down Amrabat in a Morocco counter attack and win a free kick. The Elephants have been poor tonight, but Gradel at least can hold his head high for his efforts.

64′ – Morocco on a speedy counter, but Amrabat and Boutaib cannot take advantage! Play comes back the other end and Aurier has a great chance… blazed over the bar!

62′ – Substitution – The Elephants’ second change sees Maxwell Cornet replace Fofana.

61′ – Past the hour mark, Ivory Coast must come up with three goals in the last 30 minutes to qualify for a fourth successive World Cup.

58′ – Boutaib flagged offside… the forward is working tirelessly up front for Morocco, feeding on scraps for the most part.

55′ – Good defence from Dirar to shepherd Gervinho out of play. The Atlas Lions are happy to sit deep, soak up whatever their opponents can throw at them and look to hit on the break.

53′ – Zaha livid after Amrabat wins a free kick off him in the Moroccans’ half of the field. It’s just not happening for the hosts.

50′ – Ivory Coast look really disjointed… putting together the most basic passing moves seems beyond them at the moment.

47′ – Gbohouo drops a cross, Boussoufa gets a shot away on goal, but Aurier does just enough to clear off his line! That would have been the killer blow to the Elephants!

46′ – Substitution – Back underway in the second half, Ivory Coast have made a change by sending on Ghislain Konan in place of Deli.

45+2′ – Half time – Morocco two goals up at the break and looking very much on course to qualify. Ivory Coast will need something pretty special to turn this one around…

45′ – There will be one minute of added time.

43′ – Great work from Benatia to turn away from Zaha in an awkward defensive situation. The North Africans are full of confidence.

40′ – Five minutes to the interval. Ivory Coast coach Marc Wilmots will need to come up with one heck of a half-time pep talk to inspire a comeback from his team.

37′ – Solid defence from Morocco: apart from that chance Gervinho had about 20 minutes ago they’ve been untroubled.

35′ – The atmosphere has gone flat inside the stadium, with the home crowd stunned by this showing from the Atlas Lions.

32′ – Morocco heading for a fifth World Cup appearance overall and a first since 1998!

30′ – GOAL! Ivory Coast 0-2 Morocco – The Atlas Lions go two goals up! Benatia gets ahead of Gbami to half-volley home at close range from a corner kick!

29′ – Aurier given a talking-to by the referee for a foul in an aerial challenge with Boutaib. Frustration already threatening to boil over for the home side.

26′ – This in now a mountain to climb for the Elephants, who must score at least two goals against a Morocco defence which has kept five clean sheets in the group!

25′ – GOAL! Ivory Coast 0-1 Morocco – Dirar gives Morocco the lead against the run of play! The midfielder plays an in-swinging cross from the right which is missed in the middle and beats Gbohouo at the far post!

23′ – Gradel shoots direct for goal from the free kick, but cannot lift his effort over the defensive wall.

22′ – Yellow card – Saiss booked for a clumsy challenge on the edge of the box on Zaha. Very close to being a penalty…

21′ – Gradel whips in a great cross from the left, but Morocco goalkeeper El Kajoui collects safely under pressure from Zaha and Doumbia.

19′ – Gradel tumbles in the box under a challenge between two Moroccans, but the referee waves away appeals for a spot kick.

17′ – Gervinho with a great chance as he latches onto a ball over the top, but his attempted finish is blazed over the crossbar!

15′ – Ziyech shoots direct from the free kick… the ball hits the wall, balloons up and out for a corner kick.

14′ – Morocco win a free kick just outside the Ivorian penalty area for a clumsy trip on Boussoufa.

11′ – Belhanda crosses from the set piece, but his delivery is too deep.

10′ – Yellow card – Kessie given a harsh caution for a foul on Morocco’s right flank. The visitors have a free kick in a good attacking position…

9′ – A couple of corners and sustained pressure from the Elephants, but it ends with Fofana firing a shot over the target!

6′ – Hakimi with half a chance as he arrives late in the box, but he slices his shot high and wide.

4′ – Ziyech tumbles near the box, but there’s no real hope of a penalty for the North Africans.

2′ – A scrappy start to the game with a couple of early fouls from Morocco inside the hosts’ half.

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway in Abidjan! Ivory Coast wear all-orange, while Morocco are in a change strip of white with red trim.

19h25 – The players come out of the tunnel to line-up for the national anthems.

19h15 – The other Group C match between Gabon and Mali ended in a goalless stalemate in Franceville earlier today. This clash in Abidjan will be refereed by Gambian official  Bakaray Gassama.

19h00 – This is the decisive clash in Group C of Africa’s qualifiers, with one of these two teams set to join Nigeria, Egypt and Senegal (and in all likelihood Tunisia) as African representatives at the finals in Russia next year. The equation is very simple: Ivory Coast must win to qualify, while any other result will see Morocco book a spot at the World Cup.

Here are the starting XIs ahead of the match:

Ivory Coast: Sylvain Gbohouo, Serge Aurier, Simon Deli, Wilfried Kanon, Seko Fofana, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Franck Kessie, Wilfried Zaha, Max Gradel, Gervinho, Seydou Doumbia

Morocco: Mounir El Kajoui, Medhi Benatia, Hakim Ziyach, Romain Saiss, Mbark Boussoufa, Noureddine Amrabat, Karim El Ahmadi, Khalid Boutaib, Achraf Hakimi, Younes Belhanda, Nabil Dirar

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2018 World Cup Qualifier: South Africa 0-2 Senegal – AS IT HAPPENED – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Sadio Mane of Senegal tackled by Andile Jali of South Africa during 2018 World Cup Qualifiers match between South Africa and Senegal at Peter Mokab Stadium, November on the 12 November 2016 © Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Friday Nov 10, 2017. 21:04


Good evening and welcome to our Live Coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier between South Africa and Senegal from the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, on Friday 11 November 2017.

South Africa: Khune; Hlanti, Daniels, Gould, Mkhize – Furman, Mokotjo, Zwane (Tshabalala 69′) – Vilakazi (Grobler 83′) – Manyama (Jali 63′), Tau

Senegal: K.Ndiaye, Gassama, Kouyate (A. Ndiaye 86′), Koulibaly, Sabaly – Sanè, Gueye , Ndoye – Manè, Niang (Ciss 90+3′), Sakho (Konatè 78′)

AS IT HAPPENED UPDATES:

Senegal book their place at next year’s World Cup in Russia! The Lions of Teranga will be back on the world stage for the first time since 2002!

90+4′ Full-Time: South Africa 0-2 Senegal (Sakho 12′ Mkhize OG 39′) 

83′ Final change for the hosts as Sibusiso Vilakazi makes way for Bradley Grobler.

75′ Into the final exchanges we go and things are not looking good for South Africa. The hosts also seem to have lost all hope as Konatè makes his way onto the pitch.

73′ Morgan Gould goes into the referee’s book.

69′ Shabba makes his return to the international stage – replacing Themba Zwane. Can the Kaizer Chiefs stalwart make the difference?

63′ Andile Jali – who many thought was suspended – comes on for Lebogang Manyama in the first change.

61′ Sifiso Hlanti goes into the referee’s book.

57′ CHANCE! Good build-up by the hosts,  but Sibusiso Vilakazi’s resulting shot is straight at Khadim Ndiaye who makes an easy save.

55′ Senegal happy to sit back and absorb pressure in the opening stages of the half. As it stands they will book their ticket to Russia today.

46′ The second half is underway.

45+1′ Half-Time: South Africa 0-2 Senegal (Sakho 12′ Mkhize OG 39′) 

45′ SAVE! Great stop by Khadim Ndiaye to deny Lebogang Manyama’s curling effort from hitting the back of the net. Bafana Bafana ending the half on a high.

39′ SUCKER PUNCH! Unbelievable unlucky for South Africa. Great save by Itumeleng Khune to deny Sadio Mane from close range, but in the most bizarre fashion Thamsanqa Mkhize guides the ball into the back of his own net from the rebound – ball hits his back before nestling in the net. So unlucky.

37′ Salif Sane’s shot from a free-kick takes a deflection and they have a corner-kick. The resulting corner-kick comes to nothing. Senegal have recovered well and slowed the game down following a relentless spell by the hosts.

35′ Yellow Card – Sadio Mane goes into the referee’s book.

29′ WOODWORK! Lebogang Manyama very unlucky to see his shot canon off the crossbar. So close!

25′ Bafana Bafana burst forward with Themba Zwane seeing his rocket of a shot well saved by the Senegalese goalkeeper – the rebound falls to Percy Tau, but the ball hits him more than anything and the visitors escape. First chance of the match for Bafana Bafana.

20′ South Africa with all the possession since the goal, but  the Teranga Lions are standing firm for the time being. The hosts test the Senegalese from a few set-pieces, but goalkeeper Khadim Ndiaye is yet to touch the ball…

12′ GOAL! Diafra Sakho silences the home crowd. The West Ham United man finishes with aplomb following a pin-point through ball from Sadio Mane who split the Bafana Bafana defence. Great goal!

10′ Important early touch for Itumeleng Khune who shows great confidence to punch clear from what looked a dangerous situation for the visitors.

6′ Lively start here by the hosts with Percy Tau and Themba Zwane causing the Teranga Lions problems. One feels that an early goal for South Africa would really set the pace.

1′ Kick-off in Polokwane!

– Senegal pose a significant threat especially in attack with Liverpool ace Sadio Mane having returned to full fitness.

– Itumeleng Khune starts tonight‘s match despite suffering a facial injury last weekend. As a result, he dons a white mask this evening.

– The two teams lock horns exactly 12 months after Bafana Bafana’s 2-1 win over the Teranga Lions. A match which would later be scrapped following damning match manipulation evidence against Joseph Lamptey with tonight‘s fixture the replay.

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Sadio Mane of Senegal tackled by Andile Jali of South Africa during 2018 World Cup Qualifiers match between South Africa and Senegal at Peter Mokab Stadium, November on the 12 November 2016 © Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Friday Nov 10, 2017. 20:33


Good evening and welcome to our Live Coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier between South Africa and Senegal from the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, on Friday 11 November 2017.

South Africa: Khune; Hlanti, Daniels, Gould, Mkhize – Furman, Mokotjo, Zwane (Tshabalala 69′) – Vilakazi – Manyama (Jali 63′) , Tau

Senegal: K.Ndiaye, Gassama, Kouyate, Koulibaly, Sabaly – Sanè, Gueye , Ndoye – Manè, Niang, Sakho (Konatè 78′)

LIVE UPDATES:

75′ Into the final exchanges we go and things are not looking good for South Africa. The hosts also seem to have lost all hope as Konatè makes his way onto the pitch.

69′ Shabba makes his return to the international stage – replacing Themba Zwane. Can the Kaizer Chiefs stalwart make the difference?

63′ Andile Jali – who many thought was suspended – comes on for Lebogang Manyama in the first change.

61′ Sifiso Hlanti goes into the referee’s book.

57′ CHANCE! Good build-up by the hosts,  but Sibusiso Vilakazi’s resulting shot is straight at Khadim Ndiaye who makes an easy save.

55′ Senegal happy to sit back and absorb pressure in the opening stages of the half. As it stands they will book their ticket to Russia today.

46′ The second half is underway.

45+1′ Half-Time: South Africa 0-2 Senegal (Sakho 12′ Mkhize OG 39′) 

45′ SAVE! Great stop by Khadim Ndiaye to deny Lebogang Manyama’s curling effort from hitting the back of the net. Bafana Bafana ending the half on a high.

39′ SUCKER PUNCH! Unbelievable unlucky for South Africa. Great save by Itumeleng Khune to deny Sadio Mane from close range, but in the most bizarre fashion Thamsanqa Mkhize guides the ball into the back of his own net from the rebound – ball hits his back before nestling in the net. So unlucky.

37′ Salif Sane’s shot from a free-kick takes a deflection and they have a corner-kick. The resulting corner-kick comes to nothing. Senegal have recovered well and slowed the game down following a relentless spell by the hosts.

35′ Yellow Card – Sadio Mane goes into the referee’s book.

29′ WOODWORK! Lebogang Manyama very unlucky to see his shot canon off the crossbar. So close!

25′ Bafana Bafana burst forward with Themba Zwane seeing his rocket of a shot well saved by the Senegalese goalkeeper – the rebound falls to Percy Tau, but the ball hits him more than anything and the visitors escape. First chance of the match for Bafana Bafana.

20′ South Africa with all the possession since the goal, but  the Teranga Lions are standing firm for the time being. The hosts test the Senegalese from a few set-pieces, but goalkeeper Khadim Ndiaye is yet to touch the ball…

12′ GOAL! Diafra Sakho silences the home crowd. The West Ham United man finishes with aplomb following a pin-point through ball from Sadio Mane who split the Bafana Bafana defence. Great goal!

10′ Important early touch for Itumeleng Khune who shows great confidence to punch clear from what looked a dangerous situation for the visitors.

6′ Lively start here by the hosts with Percy Tau and Themba Zwane causing the Teranga Lions problems. One feels that an early goal for South Africa would really set the pace.

1′ Kick-off in Polokwane!

– Senegal pose a significant threat especially in attack with Liverpool ace Sadio Mane having returned to full fitness.

– Itumeleng Khune starts tonight‘s match despite suffering a facial injury last weekend. As a result, he dons a white mask this evening.

– The two teams lock horns exactly 12 months after Bafana Bafana’s 2-1 win over the Teranga Lions. A match which would later be scrapped following damning match manipulation evidence against Joseph Lamptey with tonight‘s fixture the replay.

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2017 MTN8: Maritzburg 0-2 SuperSport – As it happened – MTN8 2017

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Sep 09, 2017. 22:02


Welcome to as-it-happened coverage of the 2017 MTN8 semifinal, second leg match between Maritzburg United and SuperSport United from the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg.

Commentary:
All times CAT

90+4′ – Full time – Done and dusted, SuperSport are deserved 2-0 winners and advance into the MTN8 final! They will face either Bidvest Wits or Cape Town City, with those teams set to meet in Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon.

90′ – There will be four minutes of added time.

86′ – All the sting has gone out of the game now, SuperSport are very much in game management mode.

82′ – The referee has also sent Maritzburg’s physio to the stands. Not a great night for the Team of Choice…

80′ – Maritzburg’s final change sees Mxolisi Kunene replace Wiedlich.

79′ – SuperSport’s final change sees Kingston Nkhatha replace Brockie.

78′ – Red card – Atouba with a blatant dive and he picks up his second yellow card! It’s an early shower for the Cameroonian debutant!

75′ – Sublime double save from Williams to deny Mekoa and Fileccia, and the flag was up anyway!

73′ – Yellow card – Atouba cautioned for a shirt pull on Mokoena.

71′ – Another SuperSport change sees Siyabonga Nhlapo replace Letsholonyane.

70′ – Atouba shoots on goal but it’s an easy save for Williams. It’s looking like SuperSport’s night, despite a much better second half showing from Maritzburg.

67′ – SuperSport make their first change, with Sifiso Myeni replacing Grobler.

66′ – Rusike with a sight of goal, but Daniels comes across to make a superb sliding challenge!

65′ – Yellow card – Williams goes into the book for time wasting.

63′ – Gould with a fine defensive header from a free kick. Maritzburg are turning the screw here, it seems only a matter of time until they get back in the game…

61′ – Corner to Maritzburg, Atouba crosses but United defend well initially before a second ball into the box is claimed by Williams.

58′ – Yellow card – Xulu booked for going straight though the back of Phala.

57′ – Yellow card – Furman cautioned for hauling down Maboe.

56′ – Rusike with a superb cross from the right, Fileccia can’t finish from close range but he was offside anyway.

53′ – A frantic start to the second half, with neither side able to settle down and get into rhythm.

50′ – Fransman earns cheers from the home fans for a crunching, but fair tackle.

47′ – Yellow card – Mekoa into the book for a late tackle in midfield.

46′ – Back underway in the second half. Maritzburg have made a double change, swapping out Van Wyk and Shandu for Andrea Fileccia and Yazid Atouba.

45+2′ – Half time – SuperSport well in control at 2-0 up! The Team of Choice will need to score at least three in the second half to keep their hopes of reaching the final alive.

44′ – GOAL! Maritzburg 0-2 SuperSport – The visitors extend their lead and put one foot in the final! A quickly-taken free kick sees Kekana float a diagonal to the far post, Mokoena heads back across the face of goal and Brockie nets with another header!

41′ – Makaringe with a snap shot from long range, but it’s high and wide.

39′ – Daniels with a chance to cross from the left, but his ball is cut out and cleared by Makaringe.

36′ – Less than 10 minutes left in the first half, SuperSport will be happy with their work so far.

34′ – Yellow card – Maritzburg’s Ndlovu is lucky to get only a caution for a leg-breaker challenge on Kekana, who luckily doesn’t seem to be seriously injured.

31′ – SuperSport on a quick counter-attack, Letsholonyane picks out Phala, who turns and shoots just wide of the mark!

29′ – Phala chips a cross to the back post, Brockie is completely unmarked, but he slices his volley off target! Great chance spurned by the away side!

28′ – Mekoa gets a stern talking-to after tripping up Mokoena in midfield.

26′ – Maritzburg building up a head of steam, but they have lacked composure and penetration in the final third. SuperSport’s defence is yet to really be tested…

23′ – Midway through the first half, SuperSport lead 1-0 on the night and 2-1 on aggregate.

20′ – A good battle between Brockie and Xulu – the striker has got the better of it so far, having scored a fine opening goal.

17′ – Gould with a lunging tackle that has the Maritzburg bench screaming, but the referee waves play-on. Now Shandu crosses from the left and it’s just beyond the reach of Rusike, who would have had a tap-in!

16′ – Matsatsantsa have cancelled out Maritzburg’s away goal and lead 2-1 on aggregate.

14′ – GOAL! Maritzburg 0-1 SuperSport – SuperSport claim a deserved lead, with Modiba crossing from the left by-line to find Brockie, whose header has just enough pace to beat Mpandle!

11′ – An unconvincing punch from Mpandle at a SuperSport corner kick and it ends with Brockie slicing an effort off target.

9′ – Van Wyk plays a wonderful pass to put Shandu free down the right, but his attempted cross is sliced high and wide.

8′ – Van Wyk cuts in from the right and lets fly with his left, but the long-range effort drifts wide of the target.

6′ – SuperSport looking to play it wide and cross whenever they get the chance, while Rusike looks to use his pace for the hosts but is soon crowded out by red shirts.

3′ – The first chance of the match goes the way of SuperSport, with Grobler getting on the end of Modiba’s cross and heading just wide of Mpandle’s right-hand post!

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway in Pietermaritzburg! Maritzburg wear blue and white, while SuperSport are in a change strip of red.

20h10 – Five minutes to kick-off. Victor Hlungwani is our referee for this match.

19h55 – A reminder of where we stand in this tie: the first leg at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on 26 August finished 1-1, with Thuso Phala putting SuperSport ahead before Lebohang Maboe scored a late equaliser. As a result, Maritzburg need only keep a clean sheet to book their place in the final.

19h45 – Half an hour to kick-off, here are the starting line-ups:

Maritzburg: Bongani Mpandle, Bevan Fransman, Siyanda Xulu, Dennis Wiedlich , Siphesihle Ndlovu, Bandile Shandu, Fortune Makaringe, Lebohang Maboe, Sheldon Van Wyk, Deolin Mekoa, Evans Rusike

SuperSport: Ronwen Williams, Clayton Daniels, Morgan Gould, Aubrey Modiba, Grant Kekana, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Teboho Mokoena , Thuso Phala, Dean Furman, Bradley Grobler, Jeremy Brockie

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Sep 09, 2017. 21:52


Welcome to LIVE coverage of the 2017 MTN8 semifinal, second leg match between Maritzburg United and SuperSport United from the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg.

Live Commentary (press F5 to refresh)
All times CAT

82′ – The referee has also sent Maritzburg’s physio to the stands. Not a great night for the Team of Choice…

80′ – Maritzburg’s final change sees Mxolisi Kunene replace Wiedlich.

79′ – SuperSport’s final change sees Kingston Nkhatha replace Brockie.

78′ – Red card – Atouba with a blatant dive and he picks up his second yellow card! It’s an early shower for the Cameroonian debutant!

75′ – Sublime double save from Williams to deny Mekoa and Fileccia, and the flag was up anyway!

73′ – Yellow card – Atouba cautioned for a shirt pull on Mokoena.

71′ – Another SuperSport change sees Siyabonga Nhlapo replace Letsholonyane.

70′ – Atouba shoots on goal but it’s an easy save for Williams. It’s looking like SuperSport’s night, despite a much better second half showing from Maritzburg.

67′ – SuperSport make their first change, with Sifiso Myeni replacing Grobler.

66′ – Rusike with a sight of goal, but Daniels comes across to make a superb sliding challenge!

65′ – Yellow card – Williams goes into the book for time wasting.

63′ – Gould with a fine defensive header from a free kick. Maritzburg are turning the screw here, it seems only a matter of time until they get back in the game…

61′ – Corner to Maritzburg, Atouba crosses but United defend well initially before a second ball into the box is claimed by Williams.

58′ – Yellow card – Xulu booked for going straight though the back of Phala.

57′ – Yellow card – Furman cautioned for hauling down Maboe.

56′ – Rusike with a superb cross from the right, Fileccia can’t finish from close range but he was offside anyway.

53′ – A frantic start to the second half, with neither side able to settle down and get into rhythm.

50′ – Fransman earns cheers from the home fans for a crunching, but fair tackle.

47′ – Yellow card – Mekoa into the book for a late tackle in midfield.

46′ – Back underway in the second half. Maritzburg have made a double change, swapping out Van Wyk and Shandu for Andrea Fileccia and Yazid Atouba.

45+2′ – Half time – SuperSport well in control at 2-0 up! The Team of Choice will need to score at least three in the second half to keep their hopes of reaching the final alive.

44′ – GOAL! Maritzburg 0-2 SuperSport – The visitors extend their lead and put one foot in the final! A quickly-taken free kick sees Kekana float a diagonal to the far post, Mokoena heads back across the face of goal and Brockie nets with another header!

41′ – Makaringe with a snap shot from long range, but it’s high and wide.

39′ – Daniels with a chance to cross from the left, but his ball is cut out and cleared by Makaringe.

36′ – Less than 10 minutes left in the first half, SuperSport will be happy with their work so far.

34′ – Yellow card – Maritzburg’s Ndlovu is lucky to get only a caution for a leg-breaker challenge on Kekana, who luckily doesn’t seem to be seriously injured.

31′ – SuperSport on a quick counter-attack, Letsholonyane picks out Phala, who turns and shoots just wide of the mark!

29′ – Phala chips a cross to the back post, Brockie is completely unmarked, but he slices his volley off target! Great chance spurned by the away side!

28′ – Mekoa gets a stern talking-to after tripping up Mokoena in midfield.

26′ – Maritzburg building up a head of steam, but they have lacked composure and penetration in the final third. SuperSport’s defence is yet to really be tested…

23′ – Midway through the first half, SuperSport lead 1-0 on the night and 2-1 on aggregate.

20′ – A good battle between Brockie and Xulu – the striker has got the better of it so far, having scored a fine opening goal.

17′ – Gould with a lunging tackle that has the Maritzburg bench screaming, but the referee waves play-on. Now Shandu crosses from the left and it’s just beyond the reach of Rusike, who would have had a tap-in!

16′ – Matsatsantsa have cancelled out Maritzburg’s away goal and lead 2-1 on aggregate.

14′ – GOAL! Maritzburg 0-1 SuperSport – SuperSport claim a deserved lead, with Modiba crossing from the left by-line to find Brockie, whose header has just enough pace to beat Mpandle!

11′ – An unconvincing punch from Mpandle at a SuperSport corner kick and it ends with Brockie slicing an effort off target.

9′ – Van Wyk plays a wonderful pass to put Shandu free down the right, but his attempted cross is sliced high and wide.

8′ – Van Wyk cuts in from the right and lets fly with his left, but the long-range effort drifts wide of the target.

6′ – SuperSport looking to play it wide and cross whenever they get the chance, while Rusike looks to use his pace for the hosts but is soon crowded out by red shirts.

3′ – The first chance of the match goes the way of SuperSport, with Grobler getting on the end of Modiba’s cross and heading just wide of Mpandle’s right-hand post!

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway in Pietermaritzburg! Maritzburg wear blue and white, while SuperSport are in a change strip of red.

20h10 – Five minutes to kick-off. Victor Hlungwani is our referee for this match.

19h55 – A reminder of where we stand in this tie: the first leg at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on 26 August finished 1-1, with Thuso Phala putting SuperSport ahead before Lebohang Maboe scored a late equaliser. As a result, Maritzburg need only keep a clean sheet to book their place in the final.

19h45 – Half an hour to kick-off, here are the starting line-ups:

Maritzburg: Bongani Mpandle, Bevan Fransman, Siyanda Xulu, Dennis Wiedlich , Siphesihle Ndlovu, Bandile Shandu, Fortune Makaringe, Lebohang Maboe, Sheldon Van Wyk, Deolin Mekoa, Evans Rusike

SuperSport: Ronwen Williams, Clayton Daniels, Morgan Gould, Aubrey Modiba, Grant Kekana, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Teboho Mokoena , Thuso Phala, Dean Furman, Bradley Grobler, Jeremy Brockie

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