Baroka beat Leopards to advance to Nedbank semis

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Baroka FC is through to the semi-finals of the 2020 Nedbank Cup after beating Black Leopards by a solitary goal in a Limpopo derby at the Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane on Saturday afternoon. Leopards scored and own-goal with just 10 minutes left on the clock in the tightly contested match.

It was Leopards’ third Limpopo derby loss in a row.

In their recent clash, Baroka triumphed against Lidoda Duvha in a league encounter, making it a revenge match for the Venda based outfit.

Leopards won a freekick early in the match, but Elvis Chipezeze was equal to the task between the sticks. Baroka tried their luck from distance after winning possession in Leopards’ half. The home side won a set-piece outside the penalty box.

Black Leopards had a chance to open the scoring early in the second half but they failed, to the frustration of Alan Clarke.

Moments later, there was yet another let off by Baroka. At the other end, the referee spotted an infringement and pointed to the spot and Malawian international, Gerard Phiri, stepped up and did this.

Two minutes later, however, Baroka were celebrating the opening goal of the match. Baroka held on to their slim lead, booking their place in the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup.

Leopards will now shift their focus to the league as they are rooted at the bottom of the log.