Saturday Aug 12, 2017. 16:47
Welcome to coverage of the 2017 MTN8 quarterfinal between Cape Town City and Polokwane City from the Cape Town Stadium.
Last night we saw defending champions Bidvest Wits edge into the semifinal thanks to a penalty shootout win over Golden Arrows, with the teams having drawn 2-2 in Johannesburg. This match in the ‘Mother City‘ saw the hosts become the second team into tomorrow’s semifinal draw.
All times CAT
90+5′ – Full time – Done and dusted, CTC have won 1-0 and advance into the semifinals! A deserved win given the number of chances they made, but coach Benni McCarthy will want to see better finishing in the future.
90+3′ – CTC sitting deep but looking very dangerous on the counter attack…
90+1′ – Substitution – Manyama makes way for Ebrahim Seedat in CT City’s final change.
90′ – There will be five minutes of added time.
87′ – Manyama goes down with cramp, no doubt looking to eat up a bit of time for his team.
84′ – Yellow card – Hlongwane into the book for a high foot near Lakay’s head.
83′ – Substitution – Majoro makes way for Mpho Matsi in CTC’s second change of the match.
80′ – Substitution – Wiseman Maluleke replaces Seabi in Polokwane’s last change.
78′ – Substitution – Polokwane swap Tlolane out for Thobani Mncwango.
77′ – Manyama breaks away on the counter, plays in Majoro… who is denied by Chigova!
75′ – Polokwane’s Tlolane is receiving some treatment for cramp. The visitors are readying two substitutes…
71′ – Less than 20 minutes of regulation time left. Will the hosts’ missed chances come back to haunt them?
69′ – Patosi with a chance, his shot is saved by Chigova… the rebound falls for Lakay, who drags his effort wide of the target!
66′ – Substitution – Ayanda Patosi makes his CTC debut as he replaces Masina.
65′ – CTC appeal for a penalty after Manyama’s shot is half blocked by a defender’s hand, but the referee isn’t interested.
61′ – Semenya overcooks a cross when Ramagalela would have had a simple finish at the far post!
60′ – Up to the hour mark, Cape Town City still enjoy a 1-0 lead after Mbonani’s first-half own goal.
56′ – Substitution – Polokwane’s first change sees Lorence Vilaklazi replace Phiri. Nicely worked chance from Polokwane and Tlolane trades passes with Maluleke, but his shot is easily saved by Walters.
55′ – Majoro with a sight of goal after he sneaks between two defenders, but his effort is straight at Chigova.
53′ – Seabi makes a vital intervention in defence as Lakay’s cross from the left almost hands Majoro a clear scoring chance.
52′ – Masina looks to get a header on target, but he’s flagged offside.
49′ – Tlolane gets in behind the defence from the left of the penalty area and is denied from a tight angle by goalkeeper Walters!
46′ – Back underway in the second half, no changes from either team at the break.
45+2′ – Half time – There’s the whistle for the interval, with CT City deservedly holding a 1-0 lead. Can Rise and Shine come back into the game in the second half?
45+1′ – This time Mbonani does well at the other end to prevent Putsche having a tap-in from Masina’s excellent cross.
45′ – Mngomezulu arrives late to meet a low cross, but Dove does just enough to ensure the winger’s effort is spooned over the crossbar.
42′ – Yellow card – Mbonani goes into the book just a few minutes after his own goal.
40′ – Lakay with a snap shot from just outside the box, but the ball skips well wide of the mark.
38′ – GOAL! CTC 1-0 Polokwane – CTC claim the lead through an unlikely source, as poor Mbonani tries to cushion a header back to his goalkeeper but puts a looping effort over Chigova for an own goal!
37′ – Putsche with a sight of goal, but his low effort is blocked by Mbonani!
34′ – Ramagalela cuts inside from the left and shoots from within the box, but Johannes makes a vital block!
33′ – Polokwane with a free kick out wide on the right. Maluleke tries to pick out Seabi at the far post, but his effort has too much on it.
29′ – Yellow card – CTC’s Mkhize is booked for a clumsy challenge from behind on Mngomezulu.
28′ – Manyama free in the box with a clear sight of goal, but he slips at the vital moment and the chance is gone!
26′ – Cape Town have a goal ruled out for offside after Majoro taps-in from Lakay’s low cross… TV replays suggest the hosts were hard done by.
25′ – Super skill from Mngomezulu to skip past Dove, before his cross is put behind for a corner kick. The set piece from captain Maluleke is well defended by CT City.
23′ – Up the midway point of the first half, still goalless between the ‘Citizens’ and ‘Rise and Shine’.
19′ – Polokwane’s Tlolane is incorrectly flagged offside, robbing the visitors of a good scoring chance.
15′ – Manyama with a great pass to put Majoro in on goal, but the striker’s quick attempt is comfortably saved by Chigova!
14′ – The hosts are settling into a pattern of possession, with Polokwane happy to sit back for now.
11′ – Masina whips in a cross from the right, but it’s straight at Chigova, who makes an easy catch and sends Polokwane away on the counter attack.
9′ – Yellow card – Seabi is deservedly booked for a cynical foul on Masina, who was threatening to open up Polokwane’s defence.
7′ – Both teams very eager to hit on the break and possession is being turned over regularly in these opening minutes.
4′ – Mngomezulu pulls a shot/cross that skips across the penalty area but doesn’t threaten CTC’s defence. End-to-end stuff so far.
2′ – The first chance of the match sees Majoro with a sight of goal, but his left-footed attempt from a tight angle hits the side netting.
1′ – Kick-off – We are underway at Cape Town Stadium! Cape Town City wear their home strip of blue and yellow, while Polokwane City are in all orange.
14h55 – Five minutes to kick-off, and we have confirmation that Thabo Nodada has replaced Modise in the starting XI.
14h45 – Breaking news in regards to the line-ups, with Teko Modise ruled out after picking up an injury in the warm-up.
14h30 – There’s 30 minutes to kick-off in Cape Town, here are the starting line-ups for the teams:
Cape Town City: Walters, Mkhize, Johannes, Gumede, Dove, Masina, Putsche, Nodada, Lakay, Manyama, Majoro
Polokwane City: Chigova, Semenya, Mbonani, Tshilo, Hlongwane, Maluleke, Seabi, Phiri, Mngomezulu, Ramagalela, Tlolane